Fox News misses mark by siding with CNN, Acosta: Viewers speak out

Fox News misses mark by siding with CNN, Acosta: Viewers speak out
Acosta scruffles with White House aide as president looks on. (Image: C-SPAN video screen grab)

On Wednesday, Fox News said it supports efforts to restore press credentials to CNN propagandist Jim Acosta, despite his constant childish grandstanding, heckling, and his boorish behavior with a White House intern simply trying to do her job. In short, Fox News overlooked his unprofessional behavior and in doing so missed the proverbial mark by a country mile.

“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. 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 President Jay Wallace said.

The White House Correspondents’ Association, of which Fox News is a member, also issued a statement supporting CNN’s decision to take legal action. Meanwhile, several prominent members of media, among them Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, criticized CNN for its action.

For its part, CNN thanked Fox News for its support:

Funny, we don’t recall CNN standing up for Fox when Obama constantly attacked the network, even going so far as to surveil Fox News reporter James Rosen.

Not everyone was thrilled with Fox’s decision to turn the other cheek.

If it is a “right,” then I want mine, like, now!

A post at Raw Story notes that Fox News fans weren’t happy — at all.

Fox is moving more liberal because the owners liberal sons are running it now. I’m starting to watch one America news more

— Ellen Tracy (@BeachGal4eva24) November 14, 2018

You won’t get that with Acosta in the building.

Ultimately, this has nothing to do with any alleged animosity between Trump and the idea of a free press. It’s the end result of one man — and one network — that has engaged in a media jihad against the Trump administration. Unfortunately, the so-called “mainstream media” refuse to acknowledge that because it doesn’t fit their leftist narrative.

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