Trump criticizes Boston Globe in wake of editorials supporting the free press

President Trump criticized The Boston Globe in a tweet Thursday amid a push from hundreds of newspapers around the country condemning the president’s attacks on the news media. The effort was organized by the Globe’s editorial board, which is separate from the paper’s news department.

Trump ridiculed the terms of The New York Times’s sale of the Globe to John Henry, erroneously saying the Globe was sold for $1. Henry purchased the Globe, its affiliated websites and businesses, and the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for $70 million in the 2013 sale.

Trump also miscalculated the sale price of the Globe to the Times. The Times purchased the Globe in 1993 from the Taylor family for $1.1 billion, not $1.3 billion. The Taylors had run the Globe since a year after its 1872 debut as the The Boston Daily Globe.


Trump also accused the Globe of collusion for organizing the effort, in which more than 350 newspapers answered an open call to write editorials in support of the free press.

Trump claimed in another tweet that he wants nothing more than “true freedom of the press.”

Shortly afterward, the Globe’s opinion section responded in a tweet.

Earlier Thursday, Trump called the media the “opposition party” in all capital letters in a tweet.

“THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY. It is very bad for our Great Country….BUT WE ARE WINNING!” Trump tweeted.

The editorial writing effort drew support from Senator Elizabeth Warren on Thursday morning, who called the press “one of the cornerstones of our democracy.”

Attorney General Maura Healey also weighed in with words of support.

Trump’s attacks on the press have become more heated in recent weeks. At a rally in Pennsylvania earlier this month, he called the media “fake, fake, disgusting news.’’

The Globe’s opinion department began its push last week, calling for each organization to write its own editorial in support of a free press.

‘‘Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming,’’ the Globe appeal, which was promoted by newspaper industry groups, said.


As of last Friday, 70 publications had committed to the initiative. By Tuesday, that number had grown to about 200, and the number jumped again to more than 300 Wednesday.


Get the latest breaking news sent directly to your phone. Download our free app.