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journalists across the us hit back at president trump we are not enemies of the people they say hundreds of american newspapers defending press freedom today in the face of a presidential barrow's my name is christopher spring a this is the day. the few days ago i called the fake is the enemy of the people and they are they are the enemy of the people the fake media is trying to silence us. i think yes i mean i can give you news they can you are free to do so i don't know what the newspaper you're reading it's all fake news so fake newspaper fake i'm not finished i'm not finished make this they are the fake fake disgusting.
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also on the program the queen of soul aretha franklin dies at the age of seventy six will be bowing all heads in respect. welcome to the program president trump spends a great deal of time attacking the media especially those news outlets who give his policies critical coverage he likes to call that fake news an expression he's so far used in two hundred and eighty one tweets he's also called the press an enemy of the people echoing the words of tyrants such as soviet dictator joseph stalin and chinese leader amounts of talking well today journalists across the united states and elsewhere have been hitting back with more than three hundred fifty news
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outlets running editorials in defense of press freedom the boston globe new newspaper coordinated the action using the hash tag and the image that you see behind me. the press and the president in the u.s. it's a tense relationship. trump has many nicknames for media outlets he doesn't like but one of his labels for the press raised alarm bells. to call the fake news the enemy of the people and they are they are the enemy of. his claim that america's leading journalists are a danger to society through widespread and internet the trumpet ministration only double down i've addressed this question i've addressed my personal feelings i'm here to speak on behalf of the president he's made his comments clear now the press has fired back more than three hundred newspapers around the country have published editorials to counter the president's attacks the boston globe which coordinated the publications wrote to label the press the enemy of the people is as un-american
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as it is dangerous to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries . but the conservative wall street journal refused to participate writing that the first amendment does not say that the government cannot criticize the press mr trump enjoys free speech just as media adversaries do. trump has responded to the nationwide wave of editorials saying the press is free to write and say anything it wants. but he has shown no interest in making amends. ok let's talk now to alex kingsbury the deputy ideas editor at the boston globe the paper that launched in coordinated today's action alex thanks for joining us perhaps you could start out by telling us how the idea for today's coordinated defense of press freedom emerged what prompted this. what prompted this was this alarming departure of mr trump's past rhetoric about the press is big news and
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running on his sort of brand is as being an agitator against the media in general to this idea that the enemy as are the press is somehow the enemy of the people that's a phrase that really runs some alarm bells among the members of the boston globe editorial board and across newsrooms around the country. this is a marked barger from the way that any president has talked about you know his own citizens ever in this country and we thought that it bore comment ok and what why does it why why does it rise somewhat why the alarm bells ringing at the boston globe i mean the coaling the press the and the enemy of the people has that crossed a line oh it has absolutely crossed the line absolutely crossed the line and one of the issues here is that you know not every journalist in this country the vast majority of journalists do not enjoy the institutional support of major news organizations like the boston globe or c.n.n. in some of the clips that you play the vast majority of journalism in this country
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and probably everywhere around the world is done at the very local level cities towns covering school boards covering you know the mare and or the board of selectmen or whatever happens to be those people are not the enemy of the people you know they're not treasonous or disloyal in some way and for the president for my president for their president to call them the enemies of the people is is alarming and you think this is so will perhaps incite violence against journalists . listen there are always concerns against against journalists this is the this is the business we have chosen and there are many journalists around the world and far graver peril than in the united states where we enjoy considerable protection from the law and elsewhere the central idea here is this that a democracy a citizen democracy needs to be informed in order to carry out its work of self governance and if you rode in attack the free press that erodes the central pillar of democracy you know for us this is a this is a constitutional issue that goes right to the heart of our founding documents the
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founders of this country knew about biased press and wanted a free marketplace of ideas and it was so important to them that it that it was the first thing that they wrote in the bill of rights was that the the rights of the pressure not be infringed the president is free to criticize the press all he wants but to label him an a domestic threat it is unacceptable this is a message that from the president of the united states is going to resonate in beijing in ankara and moscow and you know every capital around the world that it's ok to treat the presses as a domestic threat and that that's unacceptable and want all you want is the boston globe hoping that said today's coordinated action the editorials across the nation defending press freedom what are you hoping that this is going to achieve. well we're definitely not going to get an apology from mr trump nor are we expecting one wasn't this is already succeeded beyond our wildest expectations what it's done for us is several things first it's really put a granular nuanced view of the first amendment in the united states if you read
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through these editorials they all come from small towns and cities some bigger cities as well major players but you know these people talk about what the first amendment's of them what a press means to their community to be informed about things that are going on. and to hold the powerful accountable that's powerful and so just moments ago i'm a little earlier in the day the senate the u.s. senate the united states as the unanimous resolution that they side with the boston globe and all these other news organizations and condemn the rhetoric of calling the press the enemy of the people you know that in and of itself is raising awareness among not not mr trump's followers who are unwinnable and unconvince about on this point but for the vast majority of americans were prepared remarks and the columns that's a pretty good press ok so you're clearly satisfied with the effect of what's been happening today there are however some media outlets who didn't take part the wall street journal for instance also c.b.s. news i believe criticizing today's action is self-defeating does that sadden you
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that they didn't take part. no not at all no no this was not an effort of collusion as mr trump called earlier this morning this was not for today for papers to have their say on this important issue and if you go to boston globe dot com slash free press where we've. collected all of these various editorials there are some of the do not agree with us there are some some newspapers that say these are just words the words have meaning this is not a threat to the press there are many there's a wide spectrum of views on this represented what we did think was important was for all of us to say at the same time so that the people who read us and who follow our news gathering efforts have an appreciation for the role that we played in democracy fundamentally that's that's what this was ok alex great to talk with you alex kingsbury that of the boston globe. i. turning to europe now where rescue teams in the italian city of
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genoa are still working round the clock in the search for survivors from the rubble of the collapsed marandi highway bridge local authorities say as many as twenty people could still be buried beneath the debris at least thirty eight were killed when a stretch of the highway gave way on tuesday during busy day traffic now the disaster has left an indelible mark on those who survived it or experienced a near misses the bridge came down for some the experience has yet to sink in two days after the collapse. this man still finds it hard to believe what happens to him he survived a bridge collapse. his truck is completely wrecked by the concrete rain he says he's feeling relatively well he was right under the morandi bridge when it suddenly came down on top of him. and of a full blown this up as he was i was under the bridge i opened the door to get out
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and i heard an explosion i turned around and was thrown through the air i hit a wall and lost my breath but. that's a few other bits of little bit of the blast where the threw me backwards saved my life because of all the love you thought i was there in that truck so i think that will come in the collapse of the decades old bridge now cost into was an incident many find hard to accept. it was even more intractable for those who saw it some called the emergency number clearly in distress. now the shock has passed but hundreds of jenna we saw a left to deal with the aftermath of the fall everyone who lived near the bridge has been evacuated. on thursday local residents had a few hours to recover some of their belongings without knowing whether or when
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they will be able to return home. with all of us we recovered some stuff because we had to leave with nothing like this city just how much do you need only have these clothes until this morning i have no come to look at my hair. while hopes of finding survivors of vanishing the blame game continues some politicians say the european union was responsible for the disaster others splaying the road management company but even if the answer becomes clear to be too late for those who perished and their families. we're going to get the latest now from general. standing by for us there charlotte. talking about these ten to twenty people who are unaccounted for is there any hope left of finding those people alive under the rubble good evening kris of all rescues that we've spoken to say that they are desperately trying to keep faith that survivors will be found among the
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wreckage this is the night now the floodlights lighting up the wreckage behind me they are working at rescues working around the clock trying to scour the rubble they say that they will not give up until they are convinced that they are no survivors buried underneath a chief on their minds is the new figure that's been released here in genoa that's the fact that they think that between ten and twenty people are still missing they of course are hoping that someone will be found alive but the reality is that this is now over two days since this collapse hopes really all fading that any survivors will be found rescue teams authorities have such a lot of this surface area of the wreckage the the easy easy accessible area of the wreckage to try and look for survivors what's left is was deep below the heavy slabs of concrete and the twisted metal so the chances of finding anyone there in this area that still needs to be searched is extremely slim and you know over the
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last two days shock and sadness have really been the dominant emotions but. people also beginning to get angry about what's happened. well there's a real political firestorm playing out in italy in the name there's been a lot of anger from ministers they've been speaking very passionate times pointing fingers of blame at various authorities the interior minister again today tweeting about the european union he's accused the european union of not freeing up enough money for infrastructure hey he science that is one of the reasons the finger of blame is also been pointed at the company that operates this stretch of the mates where behind me it's been accused of not keeping up maintenance for not ensuring that this bridge was safe enough that is something that the company is fiercely denied its sense says its maintenance checks. up to date but that hasn't stopped a real feeling of anger here from the government ministers having said that they
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were a lot of people here who are still experiencing this ongoing crisis the hundreds for example who still haven't been allowed to return from their homes they want to see a lot less finger pointing a lot more assurances that the authorities are going to do what's necessary to get this city back to normal for them to be able to return to their homes they also want to surance is not just here in general but across its city that something like this won't happen again that other bridges are safe and won't suffer the same fate and of course that one of the key issues there is what actually caused this disaster are investigators any closer to finding out what causes. well that's a point that's been raised by the company that operates this stretch of the motorway it's made very clear that while it's coming under fire from minister it is not been established yet exactly what happened here on this bridge behind me on tuesday at the moment it's pretty just theory there's been no official confirmation there are a number of theories that are being put forward as i mentioned the idea that
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perhaps this bridge wasn't safe that the maintenance wasn't up to scratch but there are other factors too it's known that there was to wrench will rain and there was a falling at the moment of the crash there is also the suggestion that bridges like this is simply too old they were built in the one nine hundred sixty s. they are not they were not prepared for the amount of traffic that was traveling along this was one of the main highways through this city of three busy and there is a suggestion that it just wasn't up to it shown at chelsea general many thanks for that. to iceland now where the whale hunting season is underway despite an international ban on the practice this year they all thought he's in iceland have given hunters permits to kill more than two hundred fifty whales in order countries the only remaining nation worldwide to allow the hunting of these wells but even in iceland the toyed appears to be turning. marine biologist making with it
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takes people watching off the coast of iceland a dream job for the marine biologist would occur has spotted something. eating its way through school of fish. with a bit of luck the guests may even catch sight of the much larger humpback whale. in the same waters where the tourists are taking snapshots others are whale hunting. these animals they have it's good like us that has nerves they can feel there's pain so there's a heartbeat that goes into the whale and explosion and then they bring these wells on board so it can take you know thirty minutes after an hour of these wild bites a long painful process i slammed only whaling station lies hidden at the end of a few orde far away from reykjavik. the whale catchers have captured a fin whale the second largest mammal on earth and an endangered species that is
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dead animal rights activists document the stripping of the forty ton whales blubber . they post photos and videos online hoping to inspire others to act against whaling this is not a tradition here really it started with norwegian stone it's we have we have long tradition of eating kale in iceland and growing kale so if kale not a whale. one of the whaling company owner dismisses this kind of criticism as a teenager she harpooned whales from his father's boat and eat the meat. where you meet this is. the only meal without any harm or drag and i don't feel that but it's been banned in all. us due to some research but if this sentiment is going to take over here i don't think i've been guys will be. will not be
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a fish being at a independent nation in a couple years if you're going to use that argument. that you did survey showed that a growing number of icelanders oppose whaling this demonstration is taking place outside the. parliament building and wait to take. the government could stop the hunting at any moment instead it granted last songs welling company a permit to kill one hundred ninety one fin whales this year alone. the uncle of our finance minister is the c.e.o. for the wally company so if this doesn't scream corruption i don't know what does that we have other cards in parliament and they are against waving. the whale meat has mainly been sold to japan the only export market for it. but now the whaling company has a new business idea to make a made this will compound for treating iron deficiency. we plan to freeze that
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i mean. you get about thirty percent. of the meat that will be then ground down in powder. and used as a supplement. marine biologist make an whitaker is horrified by this type of business idea the whales are already under threat due to climate change and marine pollution she hopes that whale hunting will be banned a citizen possible. the world of music is in a somber mood tonight after the death of retha franklin the u.s. singer known as the queen of soul shot to stardom of course in the one nine hundred sixty s. and one nine hundred seventy s. with hits like respect and chain of faults and with a uniquely powerful voice that ingrained itself in the american psyche in one
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thousand nine hundred sixty eight she sang at martin luther king's funeral in two thousand and nine at the inauguration of barack obama for many she was the voice of empowerment during the civil rights era. the title of her nine hundred sixty seven hit a composition by otis redding crowned her legacy from the moment the song hit the airwaves respect. everything franklin's imprint on soul music was enormous her commanding vocals powered the soundtrack of both the civil rights and women's liberation movements half a century ago. the daughter of a mississippi preacher and a mother who sang and played piano for a reason franklin grew up in detroit singing at her father's church services at an early age she was strongly influenced by the gospel sound. she signed her first recording contract in one nine hundred sixty and enjoyed limited success her
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breakthrough came when she switched labels several years later she soon earned the title queen of soul. she performed for president elect bill clinton in one thousand nine hundred three and sixteen years later at the inauguration of president barack obama. among her many accolades she was inducted into the rock n roll hall of fame the first woman to receive the honor that was in one thousand nine hundred seven she received the presidential medal of freedom in two thousand and five and won a total of eighteen grammies the music industry's highest award. last year she announced she would reduce her appearances on stage her declining health forced her to cancel a planned concert earlier this year and. with a career spanning over sixty years aretha franklin made an indelible mark on
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american music and influenced generations of singers. and let's talk now to entertainment journalist k.j. matthews who joins us from los angeles k.j. thanks for being with us what a loss for the world of music is there any way of putting a dime mentioned on this loss. it really is to be seen that there's a bit i mean there are people waited more than sitting here because everyone is using the miracle is you saying all that stuff and she started in boston when she moved to soul in she did heart he did a little operetta she did it with jesse incident didn't suck even to do it with george might get seduced by you seniors like jennifer hudson a little bit made warm up in so many others on here all. the way to get a good really wasn't one genre of music which she did and you know simpson was and
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she also indelible mark on politics is instant girl is she is it moral to consumers you know that she is saying that we need an operation that's in part of the political route for president we want obama she's just to give presidential medal of honor as she studied grammys she was the first woman to you want to make the list goes on then. here simply is no or. k.j. we have a slightly difficult link up with you but we're going to continue anyway one thing that i noticed that aretha franklin wrote in her autobiography she rethought the songs that she sang what it should mean by that what's the essence of her genius. photo of her standing in delicate and very different not to the members she has a for the tape range a purpose that's very distinctive and so whenever rita would take hold of
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a song whether it was gospel whether it needed century losing. weight or doing something you had to ignore the artist that you do you can do the song immediately didn't think it was a week that frankel song you could be in the supermarket with your song say yes that is a great i could just tell it by groups. and of course she inspired a whole generation of female singers often didn't she. absolutely you know jennifer hudson was just on twitter saying that she got to know who is good for a while as a person and we did a whole lot at once not just in the us but it was like in general the more we differently than what we saw us talk about when it was you sit and watch people looked up to not just you know the music i would have longevity in the record it's true but also about life it's you she just really transcended any white black artist especially if it did it was sixty's where a lot of people you know going to understand second grade in the united states it
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was a lot of civil unrest and she would say it's expensive all. matthews in los angeles many thanks for talking to us. mr hayes almost as ever the conversation continues online you'll find us on twitter. my twitter handle spring. hash tag day thanks for watching we'll be back with more tomorrow of course in the meantime we're going to leave you with the voice of aretha franklin who died today . that's trying to. play.
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