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Acosta’s Accomplishment: Trump Writing “Rules and Regulations”

President Trump Friday said it is responding to the judge’s ruling temporarily granting CNN’s Jim Acosta his pass back by saying the White House is writing up new rules for conduct and he vowed to continue making the case in court that Acosta’s pass should be revoked.

Trump said, according to the White House pool report:

People have to behave. We’re writing up rules and regulations. I think you were treated very unfairly. Both of you. Because you had somebody interrupting you. With the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win.

Decorum. You can’t take three questions and four questions . . .  You can’t stand up and not sit down . . . We want total freedom of the press. It’s more important to me than anybody would believe. But you have to act with respect when you’re at the White house, and when I see the way some of my people get treated at press conferences, it’s terrible. So we’re setting up a certain standard, which is what the court is requesting . . . we always have the option of just leaving if we feel taht things aren’t being treated properly, if people aren’t being treated properly …and the other media and press in the room won’t be happy . . . I have instructed my people, you have the right to just leave when you are not being treated properly.

So, this is Acosta’s contribution to freedom of the press. Now, because he and others at the White House can’t behave in a civilized manner, the president is going to write “rules.” This will end up restricting press freedom to some – hopefully – limited extent. And once there are rules, future presidents, particularly leftists who unlike Trump actually do have totalitarian tendencies, will no doubt expand the rules and target organizations they don’t like, or the press as a whole.

I don’t know whether there is a formal code of conduct at the White House, but everyone used to know that you could be aggressive without being completely disrespectful and disorderly. Acosta crossed that line, which should have been evident before lawsuits were launched. Now the rules of behavior every kid learns in third grade will be codified, along with other “rules” that may restrict press freedom.

19 Responses to Acosta’s Accomplishment: Trump Writing “Rules and Regulations”

  1. Punch/counterpunch. This is so much fun.
    Now we have Rules of Engagement that everyone will have to swear to abide, and those that don’t agree will be out ..in the cold.

    Money says that the Press will balk at the restrictions causing MrTrump to refuse access to others who will then blame loud-mouth Acosta for ruining their good gig and a chance at a super job.
    Big money says that the Press will walk-out, refuse to attend a Presser, and the President will make some sappy comments as he walks away laughing.
    Fun.

    • Exactly Von Ebb!
      Why even bother with the media?
      What was the last bean count?
      80% 90% negative on Trump?
      Meanwhile true racists like Kamala Harris compares ICE to the KKK.

    • Because they don’t want a single spazoid disrupting a press conference? Give me a break. What would Obama have done if a far right wacko was disrupting his presser?

      Keith, there’s food for your next satire piece.

    • Techie, what a silly thing to say. This is how a rude person posing as a reporter ruins what once could be run freely because everyone had the same sense of decorum. Acosta is the bad guy here — and if future Presidents tighten the rules and reduce the press’ access, it will be Acosta’s fault entirely, not Trump for responding to what has become an unacceptable situation.

  2. “And once there are rules, future presidents, particularly leftists who unlike Trump actually do have totalitarian tendencies, will no doubt expand the rules and target organizations they don’t like, or the press as a whole.”

    Maybe that was the objective all along: more Gramscian damage, in order to muzzle right-leaning media down the road.

  3. The best idea is simply stop all pressers or, if necessary, present a written statement and leave the room.
    Perhaps set aside a location that is small and uncomfortable, one away from the white house?
    Do you recall the movie where the sheriff read all the laws and then turned a bathroom into the offender’s office because of his obstructive demeanor and behavior?

    White House press availability is a privilege, not a right. This president has made himself more accessible and more open than any I can recall. As a result of his largess, he is vilified, mocked, and disrespected by a large portion of the press. If your child misbehaves, what do you do? Encourage them to misbehave further or correct the behavior? My dad used to call it “attitude readjustment”.

  4. “So, this is Acosta’s contribution to freedom of the press. Now, because he and others at the White House can’t behave in a civilized manner, the president is going to write “rules.”

    Well said, Keith, and really all that needs to be said. Jerks have, as usual, ruined it for everyone who knows how to behave.

  5. Does Jim the Accoster not realize how lucky he is to be an American journalist?

    I double-dog-dare him to throw a snit like the other day in one of Erdogan’s pressers in Turkey.

  6. I take it as meaning standards of behavior, as the screeching and howling that has gone on in WH pressers is like having a pack of hyenas on the loose, and the behavior is worsening. It needs to be stopped. I’d be in favor of the press submitting questions with written answers, if they cannot behave.

    • They really should. Along with a couple of other grandstanders. I remember when a reporter would politely ask if they could have a follow up question, or another reporter would pick it up.

  7. Now, Obama’s “cool” style was simply to never have press conferences. That worked well for him. It’s not Trump’s style — Trump is an honest individual, unlike The One (and The Wife).