During a press conference at White House last week, Trump berated Acosta when he challenged the president's assertion that a caravan of Central American migrants making its way on foot through Mexico to the US border represented an "invasion".
"If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a unsafe chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials". "We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court", network President Jay Wallace said in a statement Wednesday.
There has been criticism from other quarters over the CNN lawsuit which states that Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated. President Nixon's battles with the news media were legendary, and much more recently President Obama had an openly antagonistic relationship with Fox News.
A U.S. federal judge says he will hold a hearing on CNN's lawsuit against the Trump administration seeking the speedy reinstatement of press credentials for White House correspondent Jim Acosta, a frequent target of President Donald Trump.
However, Kurtz - appearing on America's Newsroom Wednesday - argued that the White House still made a tactical gaffe by pulling Acosta's credentials in the first place.
"CNN, who has almost 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment", the statement continued. "He is a far-left, grandstanding sycophant left-winger capitalizing on his blatant anti-Trump bias and his conduct inside the White House has been frankly a lot of times anything but professional".
"In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump", Woodward said at a Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Florida.
They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern USA border.
She alleged that Acosta "physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern", softening the earlier misconduct accusation and then casting blame on the journalist for his persistent questioning.
"I think this suit is more of a PR effort than a legal one", Kurtz said. She grabbed the microphone but Acosta wouldn't give it up and there was brief contact between the two. "Our news organizations support the fundamental constitutional right to question this president, or any president", the lawyers said in a statement.
"We continue to urge the administration to reverse course and fully reinstate CNN's correspondent", WHCA President Olivier Knox said.
The press secretary on Tuesday dismissed the CNN legal complaint as "grandstanding", vowing that the White House would "vigorously defend against this lawsuit".