Fox News has received some unlikely support in a lawsuit it faces as the owners of CNN and NBC, as well as other outlets, have offered their support.
According to The Daily Caller:
Owners of major legacy outlets came together Monday evening and filed an amicus brief in support of Fox News’ motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them by the activist nonprofit group WASHLITE.
The amicus brief, which translates to “friend of the court,” was filed by The Internet & Television Association (NCTA) and The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP). The two media entities argued against WASHLITE’s claim that “cable programmers do not have First Amendment rights.”
“Since the advent of cable television, the Supreme Court has explained time and again that cable programmers are protected by the First Amendment,” the amicus brief reads, according to a copy obtained by the Daily Caller.
NCTA is made up of the owners of major media companies. Members include Warner Media, which owns CNN and HLN, Comcast, which owns NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo and A&E, which owns Vice TV.
The RCFP group includes the likes of CNN, ABC, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.