In a unique sign of solidarity, Fox News released a statement on Wednesday announcing their support of CNN’s efforts to have Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials restored. On Tuesday, CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration after Acosta’s “hard pass” was revoked after he failed to surrender a microphone during a press conference.
“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 U.S. District Court. Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized,” said a statement from Fox News President Jay Wallace, according to a report by Fox News.
“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.”
Shortly after the statement was released, CNN expressed their appreciation on Twitter, saying, “Fox News will file an amicus brief in support of @Acosta and CNN. Thank you @FoxNews!”
Both NBC and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists also informed CNN of their intention to join the amicus brief showing support to the network.
Other news outlets, according to a report by Axios, that are set to join the brief include The Associated Press, Bloomberg, EW Scripps, First Look Media, Gannett, National Press Club, the New York Times, Politico, Press Freedom Defense Fund, USA Today Network, and the Washington Post.
CBS also released a statement, saying, “We intend to file a friend of the court brief in support of CNN’s lawsuit to defend its constitutional rights.”
The Trump administration stripped Acosta’s press pass after a news conference last week where Acosta, after the president said he didn’t want to hear any more from him, refused to surrender the microphone.
CNN says Acosta was not given a warning before his credentials were pulled and was not given the means to appeal the decision.
“Without this credential, a daily White House correspondent like Acosta effectively cannot do his job,” says CNN’s lawsuit.