Newsrooms across the USA are hitting back at President Donald Trump with a co-ordinated series of editorials condemning his attacks on "fake news" and suggesting that journalists are the enemy.
"THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY", he tweeted. "We're afraid, for our personal safety and for the future of our country", write the editorial boards of the San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times.
"This relentless assault on the free press has unsafe consequences", the Boston Globe wrote. But the breadth of the response to the Boston Globe's suggestion - and the fact that each editorial will be separately and independently written - suggests something different: that those who report and comment, day in and day out, in as professional and objective a manner as we can, are concerned that public respect for journalistic truth, reason and civility are under a new and present threat against which we must stand as best we can. "These attacks on the press are an attack on our nation's foundation".
"Insisting that truths you don't like are "fake news" is risky to the lifeblood of democracy".
Freeman wrote that the president has the right to free speech as much as his media adversaries.
Trump, who has had a testy relationship with the media since declaring his candidacy, often seeks to discredit negative coverage as "fake news".