Fox News Just Announced Where It Stands on CNN’s Lawsuit Against the White House Over Acosta Pass

Jim Acosta and Donald Trump
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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.

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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.”

The White House fired back at CNN and Acosta, claiming that the entire lawsuit is just an example of “grandstanding.”

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.”

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Dianne Calcutt Bryant
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I think the White House was right because he was a disrespectful, arrogant, and very rude person. He should have just shut up!

Screwtape
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Fox and the other outlets, including the state of MD, fail to understand that the WH can choose who it admits. That is its prerogative.

Screwtape
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FOX is a business. If it became more profitable to join the rest of the MSM instead of monopolizing the “right” audience it would do so.

Evangeline Fasig
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FOX News was the last trustworthy News organization on the planet. My husband and I still enjoyed Tucker Carlson, Hannity and Laura Ingraham. I suppose if they are siding with CNN then we cannot support this BS. We can find our news from other sources. There is still the Internet.

Jack Still
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CNN has not been a news organization for a very long time , they are the leftist, anti-Trump propaganda arm of the Criminal Marxist- Socialist Organization formerly known as the Democrat Party.

Johnny Jay
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why would they? did they support fox news when obama went after their reporter? no.

Rita D. Anderson
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My NEWS Channel has been Fox News forever. I am very disappointed they chose to side with CNN. Do I need to stop watching this channel and purchase newspapers now to find out the News. YEP GOODBYE FOX NEWS

Patrick
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Acosta’s freedom of speech was not impugned. Just his access to the president. The WH has the right to decide who gets access and who doesn’t. If this were not the case then the presser would be overflowing with reporters from all over the world. Only a select few get this access. If you decide to act like an idiot then the WH can withhold this PRIVILEGE.

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