Veteran reporter Bob Woodward criticized CNN's lawsuit against the White House over the revocation of correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials, saying media should focus on "serious reporting" and not lawsuits and smugness.
"We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court", added Fox News's Wallace in his separate statement. Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponised.
"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".
Critics frequently demand that the White House press corps stick together against what they see as acts of intimidation from the Trump administration.
The White House had suspended Acosta's hard pass after he sparred at a news conference with the president, who demanded that the reporter yield the microphone and called him a "rude, bad person" when he did not immediately comply.
On Tuesday, CNN filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington, DC, seeking to have Acosta's so-called "hard pass" restored after he was banned for tussling with an intern during a news conference with President Trump.
"No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House, and the president need not survive First Amendment scrutiny whenever he exercises his discretion", the Department of Justice asserted in its filing.
Indeed, Fox News primetime hosts have taken pot-shots at CNN anchors like Chris Cuomo, while CNN President Jeff Zucker has likened Fox News Channel to "state-run TV' and "a pure propaganda machine" for some of its personalities' on-screen fealty to President Trump".
Fox News and CNN would seem to come from opposite fields.
Acosta attempted to ask Trump another question before a female White House aide walked over to him. Acosta has also gotten into combative arguments with other members of the administration, including former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller.
In a signed declaration, CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist wrote that "reliance on daily passes" to access other unscheduled events on the White House grounds like "gaggles" and off-camera briefings was "impracticable at best, impossible at worst".
Speaking at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Florida, Woodward said the remedy to Trump isn't a lawsuit, but "more serious reporting" about his actions, according to NBC reporter Dylan Byers who tweeted the comments.
Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, in an interview at a Yahoo financial summit on Tuesday, said Mr. Trump is "very pro-press", and she really doesn't think the First Amendment is "imperiled at the Trump White House".
The American network said its correspondent Jim Acosta's removal was a violation of his First Amendment rights to freely report on the government.
"While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone", CNN said in a statement.