Eagle joins 300 papers in defending a free press

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Since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president in 2015, he has launched repeated attacks against the media. The verbal assaults escalated after Trump took office, with the president calling the media "the enemy of the American people."

Today, The Eagle and more than 300 newspapers across the country are pushing back with editorials promoting the freedom of the press.

The move is part of a coordinated effort by the Boston Globe editorial board to denounce the president's attacks against the media.

The Eagle's editorial states, "Mr. Trump's behavior has placed the American experiment in democracy in unprecedentedly perilous times, and a free press has become more central to our nation's survival than ever. But the free press has come under attack as never before."

"We've written occasional editorials over the past 18 months or so on Trump's attacks upon the press, attacks that are not only groundless and divisive but represent an assault upon the foundation democratic principle of a free press to serve as a watchdog on government," said Bill Everhart, editorial page editor for The Eagle. "There is greater impact in numbers, and when The Globe put out the call for a concerted effort by newspapers to address these assaults The Eagle was eager to participate, as were our sister papers in Brattleboro, Bennington and Manchester, Vermont."

Newspapers participating in the coordinated editorials range from large metropolitan dailies, such as The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer, to small weekly papers.

"Journalism is the only profession specifically protected by the U.S. Constitution. It's time to remind Americans that when an officeholder attacks the concept of a free press, he is attacking the country," said Chan Lowe, deputy editorial page editor/cartoonist for The Eagle.


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