Even Fox News is siding with Jim Acosta in the CNN/Trump Lawsuit.
Fox News President Jay Wallace issued the following statement in support of CNN’s lawsuit against the White House:
“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.”
Acosta’s press pass was suspended last week after asking an increasingly-angry President Trump a series of challenging questions and briefly refusing to give up the floor.
The White House said Acosta had been banned because he put “his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders posting a doctored Infowars video that was edited to make the encounter appear more aggressive.
When this assertion was resoundingly refuted by all journalists in attendance, White House correspondent Kellyanne Conway later explained on Fox & Friends “That’s not altered, that’s sped up. They do it all the time in sports to see if there’s actually a first down or a touchdown.”
The White House later amended its explanation in a statement saying Acosta was banned because he “inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters” and had “physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions.”
CNN is now suing Trump, Sanders, and other top aides in the Trump administration, writing in a statement that “The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights 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 White House Correspondents’ Association, which includes Fox News, issued a statement in support of CNN’s lawsuit.
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