Fox News Sides With CNN on Jim Acosta-Trump Flap

President Donald Trump points to CNN's Jim Acosta as he speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House

CNN sues Trump for suspending Jim Acosta's press pass

The White House quickly announced that Acosta's White House access would be revoked.

The White House has filed a memo opposing CNN's suit against the Trump administration, saying no journalist has a constitutional right to access.

Fox News and CNN would seem to come from opposite fields.

And in a response to CNN's lawsuit, the White House claimed that, "No journalist as a First Amendment right to enter the White House".

President Donald Trump speaks as CNN's Jim Acosta, standing at right, listens, during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington.

Fox News has long benefited from it's unique relationship to the President. Journalism advocates say it could have a chilling effect on news coverage.

"Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter's press credential", the news channel's president Jay Wallace said in a statement.

Manigault-Newman joined Craig Melvin on MSNBC Live Wednesday to discuss the reports of Trump's increasingly bitter mood and the indications that his administration will soon experience a major shake-up. The network asked for a temporary restraining order.

"The First Amendment protects 'robust political debate, ' including speech that is critical of those who hold political office", CNN's attorney Ted Olson, a veteran Supreme Court litigator, said in a statement. Acosta has also gotten into combative arguments with other members of the administration, including former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller. He cited a case where the governor of Maryland shut out Baltimore Sun reporters, but it didn't exactly compare to a network that has 50 reporters who still have hard passes to the White House.

Acosta tried to ask a follow-up question as a White House intern tried to grab his microphone but was told by Trump, "That's enough". Even when the filing directly quotes Sanders' tweets, it leaves out that part. Media outlets jealously guard their prerogatives - and White House access is the lifeblood of their business.

Kelly, a former chief counsel for the US Senate Judiciary Committee, was appointed to the bench by Trump a year ago. The two men had a combative exchange. Trump responded, and Acosta handed off the mic.

Acosta attempted to ask Trump another question before a female White House aide walked over to him. Sanders, around the same time, announced his suspension. Sanders later revised the rationale to cite Acosta's behavior, which she deemed disrespectful.

CNN has rejected that assertion. "The White House is not prohibiting CNN from being in there".

"This is a very, very important case", said Olson, who successfully argued for George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore.

Boutrous produced a fundraising email Trump campaign sent out the day of the hearing, boasting about the pulling of Acosta's credentials and attacking CNN for "liberal bias" in the same breath.

He spoke forcefully against Trump's action. "The White House can not be permitted to cast out and punish reporters with whom it disagrees", CNN said in its court filing.

Trump's DOJ had argued the White House can pick and choose which journalists are credentialed and can jettison anyone it wants.

Trump told The Daily Caller that "guys like Acosta" were "bad for the country".

"CNN's argument is very straightforward", the lawyer told the United States network.

Law firm Ballard Spahr released a statement on behalf of about a dozen organisations, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Fox, NBC, the New York Times and Politico.

Some legal experts think CNN would likely prevail in court.

If there is no settlement, CNN is requesting a jury trial.

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