While some people might have thought that AT&T would stay out of the recent skirmish between its newly acquired news division, CNN, and the White House, they were wrong. CNN has sued the Trump administration, arguing that the move to revoke correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials violated his First Amendment rights.
The lawsuit comes hours after AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson criticized the White House for the move, telling The Wall Street Journal that officials ignored established procedures. AT&T’s reaction is especially noteworthy because the company is in the midst of fighting an attempt by the Justice Department to undo AT&T’s recent acquisition of CNN parent WarnerMedia.
A judge will hear the DOJ’s case for an appeal early next month. While each side has to stick to the merits of the case, and not delve into politics, it will be interesting to see how the new lawsuit might affect the proceedings.