More than 400 U.S. newspapers are publishing editorials today about what The Boston Globe has called “the dirty war against a free press.”

For a newspaper, criticism comes with the job. We report on thorny issues, issues on which people have divergent views, and those views often color the way they read the news. We have come to understand that nearly everyone who reads our newspapers believes they can edit them better than we do. (In truth, it’s harder than it looks.)

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