Not surprisingly, as many have noted that Fox News has moved farther left, the news organization on Wednesday sided with CNN’s reporter Jim Acosta who recently had his White House press pass revoked.
CNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday demanding that Acosta’s press pass be restored after Acosta refused to relinquish the microphone to an intern when directed to do so by the President.
Following suit, Fox News indicated it intended to file an amicus brief in support of Acosta’s lawsuit.
Fox News President Jay Wallace said:
“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.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders fired off a response:
“This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit,” Sanders said. “CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment. After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions — each of which the President answered — he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters.”
Apparently, the media has forgotten how it was treated by former President Obama.
In 2013, Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, wrote “the administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration.”
In 2015, James Risen, then a reporter at The New York Times, called the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.”
In 2017, in Obama’s last days, The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board echoed the criticism from Downie and Risen and called Obama’s administration “the least transparent and the most antagonistic toward the media since the Nixon administration.” In a nuanced analysis of his eight years, we wrote, “So much for Obama’s promise to lead ‘the most transparent administration in history.’”
Can you say Selective memory anyone?
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