“Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized,” network president Jay Wallace said in part in a statement.
Fox News, setting aside competitive differences, will file an amicus brief in support of CNN’s lawsuit against the White House, which seeks to reverse an administration decision to suspend chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass.
“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential,” network president Jay Wallace said in a statement. “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 was the first television network to announce an intention to file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting CNN. The network also joined a statement support submitted by a host of news organizations, including NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, The Associated Press, Politico, First Look Media, USA Today and others.
“Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions,” the groups said. “It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the president and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons. Our news organizations support the fundamental constitutional right to question this president, or any president. We will be filing friend-of-the-court briefs to support CNN’s and Jim Acosta’s lawsuit based on these principles.”
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