President Donald Trump on Friday refused to take a question from a CNN reporter on the grounds that the network was filled with "fake news."
Trump then decided to call on a reporter from what he described as a "real network" -- Fox News White House reporter John Roberts.
Instead of sticking up for his fellow journalists, Roberts continued to ask his question as though nothing had happened.
As Yahoo News' Hunter Walker pointed out, this stands in stark contrast to how the rest of the media actually helped out Fox News in 2009 when the Obama White House tried to shut the network out of its press briefings.
"In 2009, when the Obama White House tried to shut out Fox News, the rest of the press corps stood with them," he writes. "In 2018, when Trump refused to take questions from Acosta, called CNN "fake news," Fox News helped him move the presser along without objection."
Many other Twitter users jumped on Fox and Roberts for their unwillingness to stand up for other reporters -- check out some of the reactions below.
John Roberts from FOX News has zero backbone - he should have given the mike to Jim Acosta from CNN after Trump once again insulted CNN.— Katrin Eismann (@Katrin Eismann)1531488510.0
Fox proudly tweets its status as the lapdog news network. https://t.co/3jhoBzzVLK— Matt Wuerker (@Matt Wuerker)1531489808.0
John Roberts of Fox is an asshole for taking the mike off a Trump attack on a free press. He should have declined— Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter (@Will Bunch Sign Up For My Newsletter)1531488518.0
.@johnrobertsFox had an opportunity to speak up after Trump trashed CNN and NBC, but he didn't because that would… https://t.co/X3TlswERyc— Dan Pfeiffer (@Dan Pfeiffer)1531489041.0
When Obama attacked Fox News, the rest of the press raised up in outrage. When Trump attacks CNN @Foxnews and… https://t.co/xPfwTraqyf— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald)1531488929.0
@DavidCornDC If Fox News were, in fact, a "real network" its reporter, John Roberts, would have refused to ask his… https://t.co/SKsiUytLHZ— Michael Schooler (@Michael Schooler)1531491502.0
John Roberts of Fox News, you had a chance to defend journalism this morning, but instead chose to be Trump’s monke… https://t.co/tQpeGyd2UI— Darren Day (@Darren Day)1531491159.0
There was a period when the Obama press shop iced Fox in briefings. The rest of the press corps backed them up in t… https://t.co/P0Mm9QvAWr— Mike Memoli (@Mike Memoli)1531488531.0
@JuddLegum How much longer before Trump refuses to take questions from anybody but Fox reporters? Why couldn’t John… https://t.co/llCsFJ47ZA— Hank (@Hank)1531488820.0