Acosta Thursday, covering a trip to the Rio Grande with President Trump, accidentally promoted Trump’s border wall idea while attempting to show the lack of a crisis by noting there were no people trying to cross the border — as he stood next to a wall.
A federal judge in Washington is ordering the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly announced his decision Friday morning.
CNN had asked that Acosta’s credentials be returned while a lawsuit over their revocation goes forward.
So I suppose now he can go to press conferences and stand up for 45 minutes asking questions. In fact, Acosta can decide he’ll take questions from the press too. Maybe he can attend briefings in his Halloween costume.
The judge was appointed by President Trump.
However, one thing is very important to note here. The White House, if it’s going to make a fight about this, could very easily revoke the pass again and it might stay revoked until the case is decided.
According to CNN itself:
Kelly made his ruling on the basis of CNN and Acosta’s Fifth Amendment claims, saying the White House did not provide Acosta with the due process required to legally revoke his press pass.
He left open the possibility, however, that the White House could seek to revoke it again if it provided that due process, emphasizing the “very limited” nature of his ruling and saying he was not making a judgment on the First Amendment claims that CNN and Acosta have made.
So it’s a technicality, essentially. As long as the White House takes it away again using proper procedures, it can do so. The judge is not saying that Acosta has a first amendment “freedom of the press” or “freedom of speech” right to be in the White House while the case is being decided.
Which makes sense to me. CNN has other reporters who can cover the place, and Acosta can continue to report from off campus, even though that’s not as good as reporting from the White House. But if the White House is making the case the Acosta has abused his privileges there, then it seems reasonable that he be kept off the property while the case is decided.
Again, my position is that Acosta should be offered a second chance and given his pass back if he promises to obey White House protocols. Freedom of the press suggests that any White House reporter should be permitted to enter the premises. But it stands to reason that such freedom does not allow you to do whatever the hell you like once your there.
Legendary reporter Bob Woodward says CNN’s lawsuit to reinstate Jim Acosta’s press pass is a bad idea, suggesting it only helps Trump, according to remarks reported by NBC News media reporter Dylan Byers on his Twitter feed.
“This is a negative … Trump is sitting around saying, ‘This is great,’” Woodward said at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Florida. The lawsuit amounts to taking Trump’s bait, Woodward said, and the “remedy” isn’t a lawsuit, but “more serious reporting about what he’s doing.”
I have to think Woodward is not just opposed to the lawsuit because it helps Trump, but that rather he is appalled by the kind of journalism Acosta does. He also noted: “In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump … too many people for Trump or against Trump have become emotionally unhinged about this.”
To someone like Woodward, an old school reporter who methodically assembles scoops and important news stories and books, the pure angry editorializing of the press when it comes to Trump is an anathema. The press has discredited itself by abandoning not just objectivity – or at least, the attempt at objectivity – but to have efffectively throw itself in with the Resistance instead of trying to check their emotions and stick to the facts.
President Trump Friday said other reporters’ press passes could be taken away and said he has not made a decision on whether CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s pass would be permanently pulled.
“I haven’t made that decision [on Acosta] but it could be others also,” Trump said.
Trump spoke to reporters on the South Lawn Friday before departing for Paris, France. Acosta’s pass was pulled after he refused to stop asking questions during a press conference Wednesday after being told to by the president. He ended up wrestling with an intern for the microphone.
I think Jim Acosta is a very unprofessional man . . . He gets paid to do that. He gets paid to burst in. He’s a very unprofessional guy. Whether it was with me or Ronald Reagan or anybody else, he would have done the same thing. I don’t think he’s a smart person, but he’s got a loud voice.
Trump also attacked American Urban Radio Network correspondent April Ryan, who stood up and asked a question at the press conference without being called on and at first refused to sit down.
It’s the same thing with April Ryan . . . I watch her get up. You talk about somebody who’s a loser. She doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing . . . She gets publicity, she gets a pay raise, and she gets a contract with, I think, CNN. But she’s very nasty, and she shouldn’t be. You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.
From a statement by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:
President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history. Contrary to CNN’s assertions, there is no greater demonstration of the President’s support for a free press than the event he held today. Only they would attack the President for not being supportive of a free press in the midst of him taking 68 questions from 35 different reporters over the course of an hour and a half – including several from the reporter in question. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration. As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.
As she suggests, she can’t say otherwise because she speaks for the president, and the president has said the press IS the enemy of the people. As I’ve noted, I do not think President Trump should be calling the press the enemy of the people, whatever its faults. But CNN’s Acosta ironically reveals in his… Continue Reading
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Wednesday defended the crowd that tried to wreck during CNN’s Jim Acosta’s standup Tuesday at President Trump’s rally in Tampa. “While we certainly support freedom of the press, we also support Freedom of speech,” she said. Here’s what happened: Another view: Continue Reading
This is CNN’s take. An AP reporter recorded a woman who was Acosta’s leading tormentor. Here’s some video of a woman berating @Acosta. This went on for several minutes as many in the crowd cheered her on. As someone who’s covered my share of Trump rallies, it feels like 2016 all over again. pic.twitter.com/j0SF2nFDvG —… Continue Reading