A bomb threat was reported at the Boston Globe on Thursday, hours after President Trump lashed out at the newspaper for spearheading a campaign to publish coordinated editorials at multiple papers across the nation condemning President Trump’s attacks against the press.
While Boston police say they do not believe the threat was “super serious,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation. An increased police presence was reported at The Boston Globe’s headquarters following the bomb threat.
“Based on this threat the local and federal authorities have recommended some additional security measures for the property,” the email read. “For the remainder of the day you will see uniformed Boston Police officers in the lobby and around the property.”
A spokesperson for The Globe confirmed the development to the news outlet, adding “that alarming turn of the president’s rhetoric — the specific labeling of the press as an ‘enemy of the American people’ and the opposition party — does cause us concern about media outlets and the stories we have heard around the country.”
“Journalistic outlets have had threats throughout time but it’s the president’s rhetoric that gives us the most concern,” the spokesperson said.
Newspapers across the U.S. pushed back against Trump’s attacks on “fake news” with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press. An estimated 350 newspapers participated in the Globe’s campaign.
“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,” the Globe wrote in its editorial.
Trump attacked the campaign Thursday morning, singling out the Globe on Twitter.
There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The fact is that the Press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda or just plain trying to hurt people. HONESTY WINS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018