It's not clear yet if the Boston Globe's call for newspapers around the country to defend the concept of a free press in their editorial pages-a call that more than 350 publications answered-will change anyone's mind about whether the media is in fact the "enemy of the people". Schumer was joined in this effort by fellow Dems Sen.
But differing from past criticisms, the commander in chief at first zeroed in on "fake news media" rather than the entire press corps, which he has previously condemned as "the enemy of the people".
"Insisting that truths you don't like are "fake news" is risky to the lifeblood of democracy". It's titled "Journalists are not the Enemy of the People".
Kentucky's Morehead News, located in an area that voted for Trump in 2016, ran a editorial with the headline: "Trump using Nazi game plan in media bashing".
Trump felt his morning tirade against a free press merited a third tweet.
This afternoon, the hundreds of newspapers under attack by the President of the United States received support from the Senate.
Other newspapers joining the campaign said Trump's attacks diminish the importance of journalists in their communities.
"News reporters and editors are human, and make mistakes".
"The true enemies of the people - and democracy - are those who try to suffocate truth by vilifying and demonising the messenger", wrote the Des Moines Register in Iowa.
"The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful", it said.
The preamble to the measure highlights a number of past debates, including litigation, about press freedoms.
But Paulson questioned whether editorials would be effective. In the 1930's, Goebbels said: "If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself". "They are not the ones trying to shout you down at presidential rallies". Some newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote editorials explaining why they weren't joining the Globe's effort. "Our silence on Thursday is testament to our commitment to do it in our own way, on our own timetable".