Fox News announces its supporting CNNs lawsuit against the Trump administration for revoking Jim Acostas press pass

https://www.businessinsider.com/fox-news-supports-cnn-lawsuit-against-trump-acosta-press-pass-2018-11


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In
this Nov. 7, 2018, photo, CNN journalist Jim Acosta does a
standup before a new conference with President Donald Trump in
the East Room of the White House in
Washington.

AP Photo/Evan
Vucci


  • Fox News announced Wednesday it is supporting CNN in the
    network’s lawsuit against the Trump administration’s revocation
    of White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials.
  • The announcement was a stunning move for the cable news
    network whose on-air personalities have often criticized both CNN
    and Acosta.
  • Fox News president Jay Wallace accused the Trump
    administration of weaponizing press credentials, and criticized
    both President Donald Trump and the media for adopting a “growing
    antagonistic tone” at recent press conferences.

Fox News has thrown its support behind CNN’s lawsuit against the
Trump administration to win back White House correspondent Jim
Acosta’s press credentials, in a stunning move for the cable news
network whose on-air personalities have often criticized both CNN
and Acosta.

Fox News president Jay Wallace said in a statement that the company
will file an amicus brief — also known as a friend-of-the-court
brief — with the US District Court in support of CNN.

Wallace also accused the Trump administration of weaponizing the
press passes by depriving a CNN journalist of one.

“FOX News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White
House reporter’s press credential,” Wallace said in his
statement. “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.”

In a statement Wednesday morning, CNN thanked Fox News for its support.

CNN filed its complaint on
Tuesday, arguing that revoking Acosta’s press pass would violate
his First Amendment rights to a free press, and his Fifth
Amendment right to due process.

“If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would
create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers
our elected officials,” the complaint said.

Read more: CNN filed a First Amendment
lawsuit against the Trump administration for revoking Jim
Acosta’s press pass

The Trump administration responded to
the suit
on Wednesday arguing that the First Amendment
doesn’t grant Acosta the right
to enter the White House, and
that the Trump administration has “broad discretion” to revoke
press credentials.

The dispute over Acosta’s press pass came after a combative exchange between
Acosta and President Donald Trump at a press conference last
week.

After arguing about Acosta’s question on the migrant caravan
traveling to the US, Trump called Acosta a “rude, terrible
person.”

A White House intern eventually attempted to grab the microphone
from Acosta’s hand, though he twisted away from her and held on.

Read Fox News’ full statement below:

“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.
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.”