FoxÂ News has backed CNN’s lawsuit against President Trump, arguing that press passes for the White House should never be â€œweaponisedâ€�.
The statement by Fox News president Jay Wallace also said that the US network intended to hand an “amicus brief” to the US District Court.
An amicus brief is a legal document handed to a court by a third party that has interest in a case. It typically contains evidence and points for consideration in the case.
Fox News is widely understood to be where Trump gets his news.
CNN’s lawsuit, filed at a DC District Court in Washington DC yesterday, took issue with the White Houseâ€™s decision to revoke the press pass of its correspondent Jim Acosta.
CNN claimed the decision amounted to a violation of his First Amendment rights and â€œwould create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officialsâ€� if it went unchallenged.
It also cited the Fifth Amendment over a lack of due process.
Wallace said: “Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporterâ€™s press credential. We intend to file an amicus brief with the US District Court.
â€œSecret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponised.
“While we donâ€™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 US law firm Ballard Spahr, seen by US political news website The Hill, more US news organisations will submit amicus briefs to the court, including NBC News, the New York Times, Bloomberg, Politico, Associated Press, the Washington Post and US Today.
The White House revoked Acostaâ€™s pass last week after a tense press conference (pictured) where it was claimed Acosta put his hands on an intern who tried to take a microphone off him while he questioned Trump.
Both CNN and Acosta have rejected the White House claim that he effectively chopped at the stafferâ€™s arm, saying it is a lie.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared a video that she claimed showed the alleged incident on Thursday last week, but some users were quick to suggest the video had been doctored.
Trump has since denied this and insisted it wasÂ simply a â€œclose-upâ€�.
CNN claims Acosta had his press pass revoked because he had asked challenging questions of the president.
In a statement yesterday, White House press secretary Sanders said: â€œWe vigorously defend against this lawsuit.
â€œCNN, who has nearly 50 additional pass holders, and Mr Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment.
â€œAfter Mr Acosta asked the President two questions â€“ each of which the President answered â€“ he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions.
â€œThis was the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters.
â€œThe White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional.
â€œThe First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolise the floor.
â€œIf there is no check on this type of behaviour it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.â€�
Picture: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
Source: Digital Journalism