Although the media and politics are separate provinces, they are often seen getting involved together. The ongoing issues between the Trump administration and the American press depict this fact perfectly. While the administration had announced to remove the press credentials of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, several media outlets flocked together to back their lawsuit against it.
However, the events have now taken a shocking turn, as the American news channel Fox News has also joined the supporters of CNN. On Wednesday, Fox News announced that it would support its rival CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration.
In a statement, the President of Fox News, Jay Wallace expressed the network’s intentions of filing an amicus brief with a US District Court in the lawsuit.
Last week, the Trump administration had revoked the press credentials of Jim Acosta after a grumpy exchange with Trump during a press conference, where the president called the correspondent a “rude and terrible person.”
CNN on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the White House, arguing that the administration has violated CNN and Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights of free speech and due process. Several significant outlets united to support the lawsuit.
“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s (Jim Acosta) 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,” he said.
Wallace added, “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.”
According to a release from Ballard Spahr LLP, a law firm representing the outlets, the other media houses supporting CNN’s lawsuit include– NBC News, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, Gannett, The New York Times, Politico, USA Today, The Washington Post and others.
In a joint statement, the news outlets said, “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.”
It also 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.”
While the media has formed a strong ally, the US President is not ready to back down. His administration argued that they do whatever they want, in a court filing by the Justice Department.
CNN reported that in the filing the lawyers said, “The president and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists (and other members of the public) that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences.”
The network is appealing the Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee, to lift the restriction and allow Jim Acosta access right away.
Although several news outlets are backing CNN’s lawsuit, the support from Fox news came as a shock, as both are rivals. Besides, Fox News is considered as the personal mediating news station of President Donald Trump, which acts as a speaker for the rhetoric of the White House.
Some have pointed that Fox News is paying back the favor, as CNN and other outlets have backed it against the Obama administration in the past.
While the United States media remain in a conflict with the administration, it seems to be getting deviated from its responsibility. Moreover, the sector might just lose its credibility, if it’ll continue to get involved in political pursuits.