Fox News just stunned President Trump and the rest f the GOP when they backed CNN and Jim Acosta’s lawsuit over Trump and his administration.
From The Hill: Fox News on Wednesday announced that it backs rival CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration.
Fox News President Jay Wallace said in a statement posted to Twitter by Yahoo’s Colin Campbell that the network intends to file an amicus brief with a U.S. District Court in the lawsuit.
CNN filed suit against the White House on Tuesday seeking the return of correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials, which were revoked last week after a testy exchange with President Trump.
“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.”
Fox News President Jay Wallace on CNN's lawsuit: pic.twitter.com/MDa3Gbv7zO
— Colin Campbell (@colincampbell) November 14, 2018
“CNN a lawsuit against the Trump administration in D.C. District Court,” the network said in a statement. “It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta.
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.”
CNN continued: “We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass to be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.
While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers elected officials.”