President Trump called the news media the "opposition party" on Thursday, the same day hundreds of newspapers across the country published editorials defending the freedom of the press in the United States.
"There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS", Trump's tweet said.
The Dispatch added that "a unified editorial campaign aimed at the president will do as much harm as good", by confirming his supporters' belief that the news media is united against Trump. But, he said, the newspaper values independence - a sentiment that was shared by the Los Angeles Times.
The Fayetteville Observer said it hoped Mr Trump would stop, "but we're not holding our breath".
Or the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Trump's actions are also encouraging strongmen such as Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey to treat journalists like enemies, some newspapers said.
There was also some scolding of the press - from the press - for letting distaste for Trump show up where it shouldn't in news stories.
"Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press".
Free press advocates argue that Trump's attacks threaten the role of the news media as a check against abuse of power in government and imperil the constitutional First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press. In the piece, the editorial board wrote that the liberty of the press has been a foundational American principle for more than two centuries.
The Globe's call represents one side of a debate about how the media should view and respond to the president's splenetic attacks on the press - or whether it should do anything at all.
Freeman wrote that the president has the right to free speech as much as his media adversaries. Some anxious that it played into the hands of Trump and his supporters who think the media is out to get him. "I truly believe that America always solves its problems and combating unsafe and irresponsible attacks on journalism is no exception".
"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", Fleischer wrote. "We stand with our colleagues", the paper's editorial board wrote.