Fox News Backs CNN’s White House Lawsuit

Pauline Gross
November 14, 2018

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the lawsuit "grandstanding" and said the White House had to address Acosta's attempt to "monopolize the floor".

Fox News announces the network's support of CNN's lawsuit against President Donald Trump and the White House.

Wallace said Fox News meant to file an amicus brief in support of CNN with the court ahead of an afternoon hearing.

A group of other news organizations, including Fox News, NBC News, the New York Times, the Washington Post and two wire services - AP and Bloomberg - also said they would file a joint amicus brief in support of CNN on Wednesday.

CNN's Chief White House correspondent was involved in a dramatic confrontation with the President last week, when he refused to sit down after asking the President about a "racist" anti-immigration ad run ahead of the mid-term elections.

The network argues stripping away Acosta's pass violates the constitutional right to freedom of the press; the White House promises a fight and accuses Acosta of behaving unprofessionally. "We will be filing friend-of-the-court briefs to support CNN's and Jim Acosta's lawsuit based on these principles", the 13 news outlets said in their statement.

During a press conference at White House last week, Trump berated Acosta when he challenged the president's assertion that a caravan of Central American migrants making its way on foot through Mexico to the USA border represented an "invasion".

CNN and others came to Fox News's defence in 2009, when the Obama administration froze the cable network out of interviews with key officials.

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By contrast, he commonly attacks CNN as "fake news" and has had a particularly adversarial relationship with Acosta.

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".

The White House Correspondents' Association welcomed CNN's lawsuit, saying "revoking access to the White House complex amounted to disproportionate reaction to the events". The White House accused Acosta of placing his hands on the young woman and distributed a video of the incident that several analysts concluded was doctored and had the effect of exaggerating the moment of contact.

"It would be awful for the public, and for our democracy, if reporters questioning the president had to operate under an ever-present threat of this kind of retaliation", said the institute's executive director Jameel Jaffer.

"No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House, and the president need not survive First Amendment scrutiny whenever he exercises his discretion", the Department of Justice asserted in its filing.

"This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit", Sanders said.

They are also seeking a declaration that the president's action was "unconstitutional, in violation of the First Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment".

"It is not an invasion", Acosta told the president.

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