Fox News slammed one of its former top executives, White House communications director Bill Shine, for banning a CNN reporter from a press event after she shouted questions at President Trump.
” We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press,” Fox News president Jay Wallace said late Wednesday.
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.
“As a member of the White House press pool, Fox stands firmly with CNN on this issue of access,” Baier said on “Special Report.”
“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,” Baier read from a statement released by CNN. “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.”
Collins, a White House correspondent for CNN, was acting as a pool reporter when she shouted questions about attorney Michael Cohen and Vladimir Putin to Trump at the White House on Wednesday afternoon.