United States newspapers are coming together to warn Donald Trump against his "fake news" rhetoric with a co-ordinated series of editorials condemning his attacks on the press.
"Unable to carry on in the light, the president attempts to drag us all into a dark labyrinth where rules don't apply and some vacant concept of winning seems attainable", said the Record-Journal in Meriden, Connecticut.
More than 300 newspapers - in major metropolitan areas and small towns and in red states and blue - wrote editorials denouncing Trump's attacking the news media as "the enemy of the people". Almost 350 news organizations have pledged to participate, according to Marjorie Pritchard, op-ed editor at the Globe.
Trump's suggestion that news organizations were colluding with each other seemed to echo a tweet from Ari Fleischer, who said on Wednesday morning that multiple newspapers printing the same editorial message amounted to collusion.
At least 343 publications agreed to publish editorials Thursday against what the Globe calls Trump's "dirty war against the free press", reports the Guardian.
The editorial effort was in response to a request from the The Boston Globe.
"News reporters and editors are human, and make mistakes".
The New York Times: In an editorial with the headline "A Free Press Needs You, " the national paper echoed The Boston Globe's sentiment that it's risky to call the media "fake news" and asked people to subscribe to their local papers and praise them when they've done good work and criticize them when they haven't. "Correcting them is core to our job", the Times said.
"Insisting that truths you don't like are "fake news" is unsafe to the lifeblood of democracy".
Thursday's coordinated editorials were criticized by some in the media, including a CBS News commentary that described them as a "self-defeating act of journalistic groupthink". "Who's even going to notice?" "Trump will reap enough fresh material to whale on the media for at least a month".
In January, US Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, said Trump had embraced the despotic language of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.