American Press has set another example for media outlets of other countries. And the example is Buzz worthy because ironically it couldn’t have been set without Trump. The American media house Fox news has decided to back another media house, CNN, in filing a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump and White House. The lawsuit is against the cancellation of White House credentials of CNN special correspondent Jim Acosta. The fact to be noted here is that CNN and Fox news are biggest rivals in US media sector.
The news of Fox news backing CNN was reported by Forbes.
It was 7th of November when President Trump was briefing media and Acosta fired some questions which made Trump uneasy. President Trump called Acosta a “rude and terrible” person and revoked his press pass in the white house “until further notice”.
CNN and Acosta has filed a lawsuit against Trump to violet the First and Fifth amendments rights of Jim Acosta and Media house CNN.
The First Amendment ensures free speech and the Fifth Amendment ensures due process of law. It also ensures self-incrimination and double jeopardy not to happen.
Fox News President Jay Wallace released a statement on the issue. He said, “Secret Service passes for working journalists should never be weaponised,”
“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,” he added
According to news report of ABC news, “Wallace also confirmed that the Fox News is going to file an amicus brief – a legal brief filed by non-litigants who have a strong interest in the matter – in support of CNN”
Jay Wallace said, “Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential,”
Many other big names in the industry are going to supprt CNN. The big names among them are: The New York Times, Bloomberg, Associated Press, and The Washington Post.
According to report of Vox, Justice Department lawyers wrote in their filing in a district court. The wrote in defense of White House, “The president and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists [and other members of the public] that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences. No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House.”
ABC news reported quoting Trump’s lawyer James Burnham, “We are talking about the physical White House, I mean the one building in which the president’s authority over how people act, where they go, should be at its apex.”