CNN’s Brian Stelter Commends ‘News Side’ at Fox News For Defending Jim Acosta


CNN media reporter Brian Stelter commended the “news side” at Fox News for supporting Jim Acosta in his battle with the White House, despite the fact that many Fox News opinion hosts have bashed the CNN White House correspondent — with Sean Hannity going so far as to praise the Trump administration’s decision to remove his press credentials.

“In the past few minutes, 13 different news outlets have issued a joint statement saying they are all going to be filing and joining friend of the court briefs,” Stelter reported early this afternoon. “These are not outlets that usually agree on anything, but they are all agreeing on these basic First Amendment values.”

He went on to address Fox News’s “noteworthy” inclusion in the list of outlets defending CNN.

“After all, a lot of commentators on Fox News, like Sean Hannity, have been criticizing Jim Acosta,” he added. “Some of them have even said his credentials should have been revoked, but the news side is saying they stand for First Amendment rights.”

After anchor Kate Bolduan described the case as “bigger than Jim Acosta,” Stelter concluded that “it might be a reporter at the New York Times or Fox News next week.”

The 13 news outlets who signed-on to Acosta and CNN’s cause also included the Associated Press, NBC, the New York Times, the Washington PostBloomberg, Scripps, USA Today, and Bloomberg. They released the following statement together:

“Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions. It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons. Our news organizations support the fundamental constitutional right to question this President, or any President. We will be filing friend-of-the-court briefs to support CNN’s and Jim Acosta’s lawsuit based on these principles.”

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