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:
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 14, 2018
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.
WOW!!! FOX NEWS WILL SUPPORT JIM ACOSTA AND CNN. SAD.
–> FOX HAS LOST ALL MY RESPECT. pic.twitter.com/Mjw40ogrhE
— Michael Moates (@freedom_moates) November 14, 2018
Acosta's press credential/pass is not a "right!"
How do you support someone who treats the administration with disdain and arrogance? Fox News will lose viewers over this decision! https://t.co/pMWhcSNizm
— Wayne Dupree ???? (@WayneDupreeShow) November 14, 2018
If it is a “right,” then I want mine, like, now!
Fox News is actually supporting CNN's suit against Donald Trump over Jim Acosta.
In the end, the establishment media players always stick together.
Acosta's an *** and a thug, and Trump was right to revoke his pass.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes, Jim.
— Josh Manning (@Josh_Manning) November 14, 2018
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
@FoxNews should never defend such a rude and disruptive man. He is free to speak & write anything he wants. We deserve orderly & respectful White House Briefings
— Luann Meador Keller (@LuannKeller) November 14, 2018
You won’t get that with Acosta in the building.
BREAKING: The following news orgs will support CNN and @Acosta in an amicus brief.
In other words it will be Practically every major news organization siding against Trump
First Look Media
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) November 14, 2018
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.