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11/14/2018

FOX News Supports CNN In Lawsuit Against President Trump

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 2:06 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Just days after CNN filed a lawsuit against President Trump and five aides, Fox News announced that it is backing CNN in the lawsuit. Reports say the organization filed an amicus brief, and will be joined by 12 other major media organizations, including the Washington Post and the New York Times.

From Fox News president, Jay Wallace:

“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.”

The statement is similar to a statement issued by CNN, which made clear that the suit is intended to provide protection for other journalists and reporters, many of whom President Trump considers enemies of the people:

“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” the [CNN] network said. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”

As a reminder, during his campaign days, CNN gleefully gave then-candidate Trump oodles and oodles of free airtime to campaign. Theirs was a symbiotic relationship from which both entities richly benefited. The love-fest helped propel Trump to the White House. With that, we all know that FOX News has also had their own unique “special relationship” with both candidate-Trump and President Trump. At the end of the day, however, it appears that the the network has opted to play the long game here. Not surprising. After all, if Trump and the Republicans lose the White House in 2020, there is no guarantee that a President Harris or President Booker wouldn’t also start revoking the press pass of anyone daring to grandstand and advocate while while masquerading as a reporter at a press conference.

Interesting to note that Fox News has recently made efforts to distance itself from any “closeness” to Trump:

The president has called into “Fox and Friends” several times, granting them at times nearly 40-minute interviews. The coziness between the president and the network was also underscored this summer when Trump hired former Fox News executive Bill Shine to lead his communications team. And Trump has given exclusive interviews to Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro, who joined him on stage at a rally leading up to the midterm elections.

But the network has made several moves in recent weeks to distance itself. Fox News was quick to condemn the two hosts for appearing to campaign with Trump, especially after Hannity had pledged to not take the stage with the president.

“FOX News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement at the time. “This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed.”

And earlier this month, Fox News pulled an immigration ad put out by the White House, which other networks had labeled as racist.

In spite of all of this, one wonders whether the organization will find itself in the same fix as CNN: They won’t be able to quit Trump:

“We’ve seen that anytime you break away from the Trump story and cover other events in this era, the audience goes away,” [CNN president Jeff Zucker] added. “So we know that, right now, Donald Trump dominates.”

I just checked President Trump’s Twitter feed, and so far he has not tweeted about the decision made by Fox News.

–Dana

5 Comments »

  1. Some pundits speculate Trump is depressed and not interested in governing. At Hot Air, there is also discussion of Trump’s tweet showing interest in bipartisan criminal justice reform. The response to these stories seems to be bewilderment, which I often feel when reading Trump stories.

    But these stories don’t strike me as strange if you think about what is happening right now in DC. The talk is that Trump’s family, especially Junior, may be indicted. That would impact Trump’s attitude and emotions, and reforming criminal justice to allow more latitude in sentencing is something that might be on his mind.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/14/2018 @ 6:47 pm

  2. Mostly projection on the media’s part, he long has had interest in criminal justice issues,

    Comment by Narciso — 11/15/2018 @ 6:32 pm

  3. No. His pre-campaign “history” on criminal justice issues is:

    1989 full-page newspaper ads: “Bring Back the Death Penalty”. (Sep 2015)

    Black lives matter, but we need strong police presence. (Aug 2015)

    Capital punishment isn’t uncivilized; murderers living is. (Jul 2000)

    Death penalty deters like violent TV leads kids astray. (Jul 2000)

    Hold judges accountable; don’t reduce sentences. (Jul 2000)

    For tough anti-crime policies; not criminals’ rights. (Jul 2000)

    These are the opposite of his current positions on criminal justice reform. But they are convenient.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/15/2018 @ 8:04 pm

  4. Yes but he still wants to draw African Americans into the fold, one like powerline might reasonably object to some of the tools.

    Comment by Narciso — 11/15/2018 @ 9:37 pm

  5. I agree with you on that. It is a cynical ploy to appeal to African Americans, and he needs them since he opposed their position on the NFL protests.

    Will they forget his NFL position if there is criminal justice reform that helps young black men avoid jail? Probably. Will whites care since the fruits of his reforms won’t be felt for years? Probably not, so Win-Win for Trump … and that is his agenda.

    Comment by DRJ — 11/16/2018 @ 8:07 am

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