Fox News released a statement in support of CNN and reporter Jim Acosta, signaling that the network would stand by CNN’s lawsuit over the White House removing Acosta’s press credentials.
“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential. We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court,” network President Jay Wallace said in a statement. “Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized.”
“While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people,” he added.
Breaking: Fox News says the network "supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter's press credentials." Here's the full statement pic.twitter.com/ugOuCmt1BR
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 14, 2018
Fox News joined such organizations as AP, Bloomberg, First Look Media, Gannett, and NBC in saying: “It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons.”
Joint statement on CNN/Acosta lawsuit from AP, Bloomberg, First Look Media, Fox News, Gannett, NBC, NYT, Politico, USA Today, WashPost & others: pic.twitter.com/z4nuoxPuHp
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) November 14, 2018
Fox News is well known for its sympathetic coverage of the president (the president even considers “Fox and Friends” one of his favorite programs) so this move has surprised many.
CNN’s lawsuit against the KKK White House is now being backed with support by many news organizations including NBC and Politico.
State TV Fox has also surprisingly joined on in support.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) November 14, 2018
Fox News is supporting CNN’s lawsuit against the WH over press access. If a WH taking a press pass away becomes precedent – then in a different admin, a Fox News correspondent or anyone, could be next
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) November 14, 2018
#MAGA is gonna be so confused today when they find out Fox News is filling an amicus brief in District Court supporting CNN’s lawsuit against Trump.
It makes me giggle.
— Kassandra Seven (@KassandraSeven) November 14, 2018
Fox News fans were especially perturbed by the move.
Fox is moving more liberal because the owners liberal sons are running it now. I’m starting to watch one America news more
— Ellen Tracy (@BeachGal4eva24) November 14, 2018
The time has come to find a new voice for Republicans. FOX news has lost its focus. If I want to hear CNN, I know where to find them, and the rest of the left-wing liberal biased media. Say it ain’t so, FOX.
— Jordan Dee (@bjordandee) November 14, 2018
@FoxNews should never defend such a rude and disruptive man. He is free to speak & write anything he wants. We deserve orderly & respectful White House Briefings
— Luann Meador Keller (@LuannKeller) November 14, 2018
CNN filed its lawsuit yesterday, saying that the White House has violated both the network’s and Acosta’s “First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and Fifth Amendment rights to due process.”
This morning, CNN filed a lawsuit against @realDonaldTrump and top aides. The White House has violated CNN and @Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and Fifth Amendment rights to due process. Complaint: https://t.co/43oX6L8xA7 pic.twitter.com/RvJ0Cgh6oi
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 13, 2018
The suit lists Donald J. Trump, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications William Shine, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the United States Secret Service, Secret Service Director Randolph Alles, and Secret Service Agent John Doe as defendants.