CNN's Acosta is back in the White House after a court win

Nov 17, 2018, 01:44
CNN's Acosta is back in the White House after a court win

Burnham insisted "there is no First Amendment right to access the White House".

Somehow numerous people and media outlets, who stood by Acosta in defense of his right to pester the U.S. president - sorry, hold the United States president accountable - were nowhere to be seen when it came to defending Assange's right to publish America's dirty little secrets.

Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump-appointed judge, found that since the president did not inform Acosta at the press conference that he would or could have his credential taken, that Acosta's due process rights under the Fifth Amendment had been violated.

"Indeed whatever process occurred within the government is still so shrouded in mystery that the government could not tell me at oral argument who made the initial decision to revoke Mr. Acosta's press pass", Kelly said.

He described his ruling as "very limited" and left open an avenue to remove Acosta's pass with due process.

"We thank all of the news outlets and individual reporters who stood up in recent days for the vital role a free and independent news media plays in our republic", he said.

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The credential was suspended last week by the White House after Acosta belligerently challenged the president during a news conference and refused to relinquish a microphone. He also said behavior such as Acosta's refusal to yield the microphone impedes the president's ability to conduct press conferences.

Sanders had accused Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern" and of preventing other reporters from asking questions at the news conference. Trump has been lashing out in different directions since the GOP's midterms losses; that presser marked Trump's anger spewing kickoff.

Trump said he told his communications team to simply walk out if they don't like the way they are being spoken to by reporters.

In response, CNN attorney Ted Boutrous said the government had a "warped view" of the First and Fifth amendments. Or (and this is more likely) he could resolve to issue no new press passes to the media for the duration of his presidency. The "hard pass" allows the bearer to enter White House areas as an employee might, not requiring as onerous a security check or an invitation or request for entrance.

"Our honest thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press", it read.

The ruling today does not mean the battle between CNN/Acosta and the White House is over.

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CNN reporter Jim Acosta speaks with reporters outside of the US District courthouse.

Trump said he wants "total freedom of the press", but added "you have to act with respect".

Trump said his team now is "writing up rules and regulations" to "set up a certain standard" for behavior on White House grounds, insisting "We have to practice decorum".

He said in a separate interview that the Obama administration would "demonize" Fox News when he worked there, saying there was a precedent to White Houses attacking news organizations.

From the podium, Trump called Acosta - a frequent target of his ire - a "rude, awful person".

"I've never seen anything like it", Wallace said.

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