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READ: Fox News Releases Statement in Support of CNN and Jim Acosta: ‘Fox News Supports CNN in Its Legal Effort to Regain Its White House Reporter’s Press Credential’

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CNN correspondent Jim Acosta speaks to President Donald trump during a White House press conference November 7, 2018. (YouTube video screen grab)

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.

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.”

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.

Fox News fans were especially perturbed by the move.

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.”

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.

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