Fox News Sides With CNN on White House Lawsuit

Fox News announces support of CNN’s suit against Trump says they’ll file court brief backing them

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

Last week, the administration announced it was taking away Acosta's pass after a tense exchange with President Trump in which he refused to relinquish a microphone when prompted by a White House intern.

"I think Jim Acosta's been on Twitter the entire time - I'm not sure how his First Amendment rights are abridged".

Kelly, a Trump appointee, has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. "We have asked the court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass to be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process".

CNN calls the act a violation of the Fifth Amendment; Howard Kurtz weighs in. The court held that since the right to report was a fundamental one guaranteed by our First Amendment, any applicant was entitled to due process.

Hours later, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Acosta's hard pass had been suspended, a rare if not unprecedented move that she justified by claiming the reporter was inappropriately "placing his hands" on the intern.

"We do not believe that revoking White House press credentials is an appropriate remedy for a disagreement the White House may have with a particular reporter", CBS News' statement said.

The moment the White House accused Acosta of grappling with an intern.

"The White House can not run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional".

"While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone", CNN said in a statement.

He spoke forcefully against Trump's action.

CNN cited Sherrill v. Knight - a 1977 U.S. Court of Appeals case that found The Nation White House reporter Robert Sherrill - who had his credential request denied - deserved an opportunity to respond and that content-based criteria for press pass issuance would be prohibited.

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In opposition to CNN's lawsuit, the memo argues: "No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House".

Acosta's press pass to access the White House was suspended "until further notice" after he engaged in the contentious back-and-forth last week over the migrant caravan working its way up through Mexico. Trump barked at Acosta, "I tell you what: CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them".

"CNN's argument is very straightforward", the lawyer told the American network.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, the top legal analyst on Trump's favorite network, Fox News, said the same thing on Tuesday.

Some legal experts think CNN would likely prevail in court.

Blitzer pointed out that the officials would have to "go out and hire their own attorneys".

The logo of News Corp.'s Fox Networks Group seen on the exhibit floor during the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Cable Show in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Other news organizations are now standing with CNN.

Law firm Ballard Spahr released a statement on behalf of about a dozen organisations, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Fox, NBC, the New York Times and Politico.

It states the president and his staff have "absolute discretion" over journalist access and interviews.

Wallace said Fox News meant to file a formal brief in support of CNN with the court ahead of an afternoon hearing. But the two have supported each other in the past when it comes to press access.

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