Fox News announced it is standing by CNN and White House correspondent Jim Acosta in their lawsuit against President Donald Trump and the White House after the reporter was stripped of his hard pass.
Last Wednesday, Trump and Acosta clashed during a press conference that resulted in the president calling the CNN reporter a “very rude person.” Acosta continued to ask questions after the president had moved on, prompting an intern to try to take away the microphone.
Acosta did not immediately surrender the microphone and continued to speak. Because of this run-in with the intern and his disruption of the other reporters, the White House claimed that Acosta would be stripped of his hard pass.
President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern…
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
Watch the video below:
JUDGE FOR YOURSELF: Did @Acosta "plac[e] his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a @WhiteHouse intern," as @PressSec claims? Here’s the video of the exchange being used as pretext to suspend @Acosta's credentials. pic.twitter.com/3ku9C2iBrk
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) November 8, 2018
In response to Acosta losing his White House hard pass, CNN filed a lawsuit against the White House for violating “CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press.”
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 White House fired back at CNN and Acosta, claiming that the entire lawsuit is just an example of “grandstanding.”
WHITE HOUSE on CNN lawsuit: "This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit….The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way" pic.twitter.com/wTHpQ1sjbL
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) November 13, 2018
Although Fox News has been criticized for its close relationship with the president, it is siding with CNN on the lawsuit and has filed an amicus brief. An amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief is a statement to the court that offers further information or insight into a case.
In a statement, Fox News President Jay Wallace said:
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.
This is not the first time that Fox News has sided with CNN.
When CNN correspondent Kaitlyn Collins was blocked from attending a presser back in July, Fox released a similar statement, saying: “We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press.”