Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Fight over Jim Acosta's White House press pass seems far from over

Donald Trump restores Jim Acosta's press pass BATTLE Donald Trump has restored Jim Acosta's press pass
Melinda Barton | 19 November, 2018, 16:56

In defending the White House's decision to suspend Acosta's press pass, Justice Department lawyers argued that it was not an infringement on the First Amendment because CNN had plenty of other White House reporters who are "more than capable of covering the White House complex on CNN's behalf", and Acosta himself could still "practice his profession and report on the White House" - just not at the White House.

Appearing on Fox News' "Hannity", Sanders reiterated her frustration with Acosta's credentials being restored after how he previously acted at the White House.

A federal judge on Friday ordered that Acosta's credentials be restored, after he granted CNN's request for a 14-day temporary restraining order, ruling that the administration failed to give their chief White House correspondent his due process by revoking his hard pass after a contentious November 7 press conference.

The White House responded that it would come up with a code of conduct for the press at briefings, which hadn't existed before.

CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter revealed the plan in his "Reliable Sources" newsletter.

Ultimately, Judge Timothy J. Kelly agreed with CNN's arguments, ruling that Acosta's ban infringed on the freedom of the press rights contained in the First and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. "We're doing that. We're going to write them up right now - it's not a big deal".

When the intern came to take the microphone from him, Mr. Acosta refused to give it back, using his hand to chop at the woman's elbow to prevent her from controlling the microphone.

UPDATE: NBC News reports, "CNN has asked the court for an emergency hearing on Monday afternoon".

CNN reported on Sunday night that the White House has sent a letter to Acosta saying his press pass will be suspended at the end of the month, when that 14-day period expires.

In her own statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said her side would comply with the order but promised a new set of "rules" to govern journalists behavior in the future.

"I think one of the things we'll do is maybe turn the camera off that faces them because then they don't have any air time, although I'll probably be sued for that and maybe win or lose it, who knows?"