After the White House pulled press credentials from CNN’s Jim Acosta, the reporter received support from numerous news outlets. Today, Acosta is getting somewhat surprising support from a chief competitor, Fox News.
On Wednesday morning, Fox News announced that they will be filing an amicus brief on behalf of Acosta and CNN. An amicus brief is a form of information an outside party provides to the court to aid in the decision-making process.
The announcement from Fox News President Jay Wallace reads, “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.”
Fox News joins CNN in Acosta battle: pic.twitter.com/XdtAOSMrKJ
— Alex Leary (@learyreports) November 14, 2018
Not only did Wallace write of his networks support for CNN’s case he also admonished President Donald Trump in his behavior towards the press.
Wallace followed, “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 American people.”
Fox News has long benefited from its unique relationship to the President. Trump is often quick to praise the network and has given shows like Fox and Friends rare access into his orbit.
This summer, Fox reporter John Roberts also spoke out against Trump after he refused to answer a question from CNN. Roberts made a point of addressing the integrity of both the reporter Kristen Welker as well as CNN.
This, however, is the first time Fox News as a network has spoken out against Trump. We are still waiting to see how Trump responds to Fox News’ decision to support Acosta and CNN.
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