Fox News and CNN appear to have found some rare common ground, with Fox News slamming one of its former top executives, Bill Shine, after Shine, who’s now the White House communications director, banned a CNN reporter from a press event.
The New York Post quotes Fox News President Jay Wallace saying late Wednesday: “We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press.”
The Post adds: “The network’s chief political anchor, Bret Baier, also took the White House to task for banning reporter Kaitlan Collins from an event in the Rose Garden.”
Baier is quoted saying on “Special Report”: “As a member of the White House press pool, Fox stands firmly with CNN on this issue of access.”
Collins was reportedly banned for shouting questions at Donald Trump as part of the standard “media spray.” Trump reacted negatively to her questions about the Michael Cohen audio tape and about Vladimir Putin, according to media reports.
Baier is quoted by The Post reading from a statement released by CNN: “Just because the White House is uncomfortable with a question regarding the news of the day doesn’t mean the question isn’t relevant and shouldn’t be asked. This decision to bar a member of the press is retaliatory in nature and not indicative of an open and free press. We demand better.”