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Fox News Sides With CNN on Jim Acosta-Trump Flap

'Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2018 10:50 AM CST
President Trump looks on as a White House aide attempts to take away a microphone from CNN journalist Jim Acosta during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) Fox News on Wednesday came out in support of CNN's suit against the Trump administration in a bid to get back Jim Acosta's "hard pass." Its statement, from Fox News President Jay Wallace:

  • "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 US 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."

The Daily Beast paints the move as somewhat surprising "considering several of the network's most prominent hosts have routinely bashed Acosta" and spoken in favor of the White House's move. Fox News separately noted that Bob Woodward spoke critically about the suit at a conference in Florida on Tuesday, saying, "the remedy [isn't a suit]. ... It's more serious reporting about what he's doing." As for whether CNN can prevail, the Washington Post reports this 40-year-old case offers some clues. (Read more Jim Acosta stories.)

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