The former White House press secretary under former President George W. Bush pointed out the blatant hypocrisy in a coordinated effort by hundreds of newspapers to publish anti-Trump editorials, according to The Hill.
Ari Fleischer, in a tweet, reminded people that not long ago the mainstream media was criticizing Sinclair Broadcast Group stations for having anchors read a scripted anti-fake news message.
“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. “Once again, the media doubles down on its own double standard."
The MSM, which loves to criticize Sinclair media when Sinclair has its TV stations carry the same editorial message… https://t.co/Ikrfb6Oitq— Ari Fleischer (@Ari Fleischer) 1534333550.0
Sinclair had anchors read a "must-run" script (something that is common), warning against the harm of fake news and biased reporting. Deadspin created a video edit of the script showing dozens of anchors reading it. Here's how the site characterized it:
The script, which parrots Donald Trump’s oft-declarations of developments negative to his presidency as “fake news,” brought upheaval to newsrooms already dismayed with Sinclair’s consistent interference to bring right-wing propaganda to local television broadcasts.
A Boston Globe-led effort resulted in hundreds of newspapers, large and small, publishing anti-Trump editorial pieces Thursday. Other participants included The New York Times, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the San Jose Mercury News.
Trump addresses the 'collusion'
President Donald Trump acknowledged the newspapers' plan for the first time Thursday, attacking the publications for "collusion" and posting some inaccurate financial information about the Boston Globe.
“The Boston Globe, which was sold to the Failing New York Times for 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS (plus 800 million dollars in losses & investment), or 2.1 BILLION DOLLARS, was then sold by the Times for 1 DOLLAR. Now the Globe is in COLLUSION with other papers on free press. PROVE IT!” Trump wrote.
The Times actually bought the Globe for $1.1 billion in 1993, and sold in 2013 for $70 million, according to The Hill.
“There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS,” Trump wrote in another tweet. “The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says if FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!"