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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. a few days ago i called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are they are the enemy of. the fake media is trying to silence us. i think this i'm not going to give you news they kind of you are free to do so i don't know what newspaper we're reading it's all fake news so fake news peg fake i'm not finished i'm not finished make this they are the fake fake disgusting. 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 mounted tome well today journalists across the united states and elsewhere have been hitting back with more than three hundred fifty news 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 and 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 international criticism or i think it would be a good thing if you were to say right here at this briefing that the press are not the enemy of the people but 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 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 his 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 the news and running
on his sort of brand is as being an agitator against the media in general to this idea that the enemy is 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 but it's horrible 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 rains somewhat why the alarm bells ringing at the boston globe i mean the coaling the press the the enemy of the people has that crossed the line oh it is 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 played the vast majority of journalism in this
country 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 for the president for my president for their president to call them the enemies of the people is 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 where we have chosen and there are many journalists around the world in 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 an 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
founders of this country knew about biased press and wanted a free marketplace of ideas and it was so important to them 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 them in a domestic threat it is unacceptable this is a message that from the president of 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 press as 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
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 or an emotion or little earlier in the day the senate the u.s. senate the united states has 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 i'm convinced of all on this point but for the vast majority of americans we're prepared democracy 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
a self-defeating does that sadden you 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 a tutti 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
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 the bridge collapse. though 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. it was a full blown to stop as soon as i was under the bridge i opened the door to get out
and i heard an explosion i turned around and was thrown through the air i hit a wall and lost my breath but. the birth of a little bit of the blast of air the threw me backwards saved my life i thought the goodness of all of you thought i was there in that truck so i got the welcome in. the collapse of the decades old bridge now carved 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 generalists 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
they would be able to return home. and 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 obvious blame 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. people standing by for us there. 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 christopher over s.q. is that we've spoken to say that they are desperately trying to keep faith that survivors will be found among the wreckage this is the third night now that
floodlights lighting up the wreckage behind me they are working it rescues are 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 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
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 main there's been a lot of anger from ministers they've been speaking very passionate terms 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 sighs 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 to 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 those government ministers having said that there
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 and 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 genoa but across italy 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 just 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 is pretty just theories there's been no official confirmation there are a number of theories that are being put forward as i mentioned the idea that
perhaps this bridge wasn't safe that the maintenance wasn't up to scratch but there are other factors too is knowing that there was to wrench the rain that was if at the moment of the crash there is also the suggestion that bridges like this is simply too old they were built in 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 is really busy and there is a suggestion that it just wasn't up to it show much else in 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 hunter's permits to kill more than two hundred fifty whales the nordic countries the only remaining nation worldwide to allow the hunting of these wells but even in iceland the appears to be turning.
marine biologist megan whitaker takes people whale watching off the coast of iceland a dream job for the marine biologist would occur has spotted something a whale is eating its way through school a 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 good like us that have nerves they can feel there's pain so there's the heart when 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 among 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
a dead animal rights activist 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 our region still in it 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 harpoon twelve's from his father's boat and eat the meat. where you meet this is. the only meal without any harm or drag out of us but it's been banned in all e.u. . us. reasons but if this sentiment is going to take over here. i don't think
i think iceland will be. will not be interesting as a preventive measure in the coverage if you're going to use that argument. that you survey showed that a growing number of icelanders oppose whaling this demonstration is taking place outside the parliament building and reykjavik. 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 but we have other parties 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 medicinal compound for treating iron deficiency. we plan to freeze that
i.v. meat. you get about thirty percent. of the meat that will be then ground down in powder. and used as a food shipment. marine biologist macon 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 as severe possible. the world of music is in a somber mood tonight after the death of retha franklin the u.s. singha 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 shana full of and with a uniquely powerful voice that ingrained itself in the american psyche in one 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 for commanding vocals powered the soundtrack of both the civil rights and women's liberation movements half a century ago. the daughter of the mississippi preacher and a mother who sang and played piano a research 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
breakthrough came when she switched labels several years later she soon earned the title queen of soul. still. 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. with a career spanning over fifty years aretha franklin made an indelible mark on
american music and influenced generations of singers. 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 mention on this loss. it really is a big seat up there so you get in there you go away didn't know what ensued was everyone is to sit here and say all that stuff and she started in gospel in she moved to soul in seat with martin he did a little operettas did a little genesis incident didn't it sucks even to do it with george michael and she says well you've seen it like jennifer hudson a little bit me warm up in so many others want we're all good it should be easy for you today but it really wasn't one is our music and she did it and you know simpson was and she also indelible mark on
its existence to really she was a mormon to consumers you know that she was a comedian operations it's in part of the political route for president what obama she's decided because it's all very well on those two studies grammys she was the first woman to you want to make the list goes on then. he is no heart. 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. that she sang what did she mean by that what's the essence of her genius. otoh is her saying was indelicate and very different not the mental she has it for the taking a great improvement that's very distinctive and so whenever overeating would take
hold of a song whether it is gospel whether it needed century was a. way of doing something you had to ignore the hardest thing to do you can do the song immediately didn't read the grateful song you could be in a supermarket with your song say yes that is a great i could just tell it by. and of course she inspired a whole generation of female singers off to her didn't she. absolutely you know jennifer hudson was just on twitter saying that she got to know all these different well as a person and we did gave her a lot at once not just in the us but it was in general the more we differently than what was lost talked about being the less you sit and watch people looked up to not just you know the music that would have longevity in the record industry but also about life easier to just really transcend any white black artist especially if it's good that it is sixty's where a lot of people you know girls understand second grade in the united states it was
a lot of civil unrest and she would say it's insensitive all k.j. matthews in los angeles many thanks for talking to us. mr is almost as ever the conversation continues online you'll find us on twitter. my twitter handle spring see. the 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. zero to. one strand of. the book.
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