In a moment where the media should be standing up to the attacks from the president, Fox News decides to praise Donald Trump while attacking reporters who try and get the truth out of him.
On Thursday, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace attacked Jim Acosta by claiming that the CNN reporter “makes it awfully hard to have journalistic solidarity.”
Wallace statement comes a day after the White House stripped Acosta of his credentials for allegedly harassing an intern during Trump’s press conference on Wednesday.
“I think he embarrassed himself,” Wallace told “Daily Briefing” host Dana Perino. “First of all, it was more of an argument than it was a question. He was disrespectful to his colleagues in asking repeated questions and, thereby, making it harder for them to get in a question. Then the President of the United States told him to sit down, and he refused, and he kept talking.”
“I do know a lot of Jim Acosta’s colleagues are very frustrated with him,” Perino alleged.
“Look, Barack Obama, in effect, declared war on Fox News at one point,” Wallace noted later in the interview. “And interestingly enough, under a different CNN regime, CNN stood with us, and said, ‘Look, if you’re going to try to freeze Fox out, we’re not gonna participate in certain pool events either.’
“We do have to stick together,” he claimed. “But I gotta say, Jim Acosta makes it awfully hard to have journalistic solidarity on something like this.”
Wallace went on to attack CNN.
“What do the bosses at CNN see as their mission? In this particular case is it to cover the news, or is it to make a scene?”
But the White House’s decision to strip Acosta’s credentials has been heavily criticized by many, including the White House Correspondents Association, have voiced their support for Acosta.
“Journalists may use a range of approaches to carry out their jobs and the WHCA does not police the tone or frequency of the questions its members ask of powerful senior government officials, including the President,” said WHCA president Olivier Knox in a statement on Wednesday. “Such interactions, however uncomfortable they may appear to be, help define the strength of our national institutions. We urge the White House to immediately reverse this weak and misguided action.”
Take a look at Fox News’ attacks on Acosta: