Politico: California man charged with threatening Boston Globe reporters he called ‘enemy of the people’

A California man was arrested Thursday for making violent threats to The Boston Globe, including threatening to shoot the newspaper’s employees and calling them the “enemy of the people.”

It was the clearest example yet of someone using President Donald Trump’s insults to target journalists.

Robert Chain of Encino, California, was charged with one count of making threatening communications in interstate commerce, according to the Department of Justice. Chain threatened Globe reporters after the newspaper called on other media organizations across the nation to rebuke Trump’s rhetoric toward the media.

Chain, 86, will appear in federal court in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon and will be transferred to Boston at a later date, the DOJ said.

More than 350 news outlets published editorials on Aug. 16, denouncing the president’s rhetoric toward the press.

Chain, who made about 14 threatening phone calls from Aug. 10 to Aug. 22, referred to the Globe as “the enemy of the people” and threatened to kill newspaper employees, the Justice Department said.

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The Washington Post: Trump responds after hundreds of newspaper editorials criticize his attacks on the press

Hundreds of newspaper editorial boards across the country answered a nationwide call Thursday to express disdain for President Trump’s attacks on the news media, while some explained their decision not to do so. The same morning, the president tweeted that the “fake news media” are the “opposition party.”

The editorials came after the Boston Globe’s editorial board called on others to use their collective voice to respond to Trump’s war of words with news organizations in the United States.

Trump has labeled the news media “the enemy of the American people” and called much of the coverage “fake news.”

The Globe’s op-ed board wrote in an editorial published online Wednesday that, “Today in the United States we have a president who has created a mantra that members of the media who do not blatantly support the policies of the current US administration are the ‘enemy of the people.

“This is one of the many lies that have been thrown out by this president, much like an old-time charlatan threw out ‘magic’ dust or water on a hopeful crowd.”

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