With the Boston Globe leading the coordination effort, more than 100 newspapers across the country will publish editorials “decrying Trump’s anti-press rhetoric”:
Scores of newspapers across America will take part in an editorial-writing initiative in defense of the press https://t.co/vXHrXzvTIG
— CNN (@CNN) August 13, 2018
Former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, Ari Fleischer, remembered something that journalists frowned upon at the time:
The MSM, which loves to criticize Sinclair media when Sinclair has its TV stations carry the same editorial message, collude to act like Sinclair – so long as the message is anti-Trump. Once again, the media doubles down on its own double standard. https://t.co/3uFu0LD523
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) August 15, 2018
One glance at the replies showed that Fleischer really kicked a Resistance hornet’s nest with that tweet, and journos were quick to swarm:
It's actually quite different. The papers are CHOOSING to do it, they have different owners, each is writing its own editorial, etc. And most of the country's papers are NOT participating. Maybe put down your broad brush?
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 15, 2018
if the reporters at all these papers were forced to write the same exact editorial, or face the threat of job loss, then it would be analogous. it is nowhere near the same thing. but you knew that. https://t.co/imv37C1qmS
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) August 15, 2018
From the Bush mouthpiece who sold the bogus and exaggerated case for invading Iraq that caused hundreds of thousands of US and Iraqi casualties, ignited a Sunni-Shiia civil war and cost the US over $2 trillion. https://t.co/DFy7YGBF4a
— Jonathan Landay (@JonathanLanday) August 15, 2018
I know @AriFleischer isn’t a moron so I can only conclude he’s being deliberately disingenuous.
Each papers CHOSE to run an editorial defending the free press & 1st Amendment from POTUS’ constant attacks
It’s not in the same ballpark as SBG forcing stations to run propaganda https://t.co/gcH4pdS8QB
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 15, 2018
Wow, that escalated quickly!
Also, as for Stelter’s tweet, many think somebody from CNN should sit out any slinging of “broad brush” accusations:
Talk about a Broad Brush. Every story you do about Trump paints all his supporters in a bad light. You should look into the mirror before criticizing someone else. https://t.co/b6jqpKP25E
— Lucifer Mayhem (@loumayhem) August 15, 2018
Trump attacks the DC/NYC media & you broad brush the local media outlets across the country into it. 🤡 https://t.co/erenjqWw0p
— Kris Kinder (@kris_kinder) August 15, 2018