CNN says White House preparing to eject reporter again

Aaron Brown
November 20, 2018

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly on Friday ruled that Acosta's credentials had to be restored, at least temporarily, because the White House failed to follow due process when they revoked them hours after a contentious press conference on November 7.

"Put simply, the White House's illegal reaction after the November 7 press conference can not be made legal now by applying an after-the-fact concocted process", they wrote to the White House.

Karl does note, in his report, that the White House "reserves the right to revoke Acosta's pass if he violates White House decorum in the future" - giving them the opening to change their mind once again. He did not address any alleged violations of free speech, protected by the US Constitution's First Amendment.

Last week, a judge ordered the White House to temporarily reinstate Acosta's press pass while he looks into the issue and makes a final ruling. Due process would give Acosta and CNN the chance to rebut and challenge the appropriateness of the government's action. Those three rules include: a journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then yield the floor; a follow-up question will be permitted at the discretion of the president or the White House and then the journalist must yield the floor; and "yielding the floor" includes if necessary physically surrendering the microphone, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

"This is a high-risk confrontation for both sides", Mike Allen of Axios wrote in a Monday item about Trump's new targeting of Acosta.

The White House soon changed its tune, instead claiming Acosta was rude during the news conference. Since Kelly was following Sherrill, there's every reason to believe that the White House would have lost even if it had dotted its I's and crossed its T's on notifying Acosta beforehand that his pass was about to disappear.

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The Trump administration also unveiled a new set of guidelines for reporters at presidential press conferences, CNN said.

But the new letter from Shine and Sanders is an "attempt to provide retroactive due process", the lawyers said. His hard pass was revoked later that day.

Trump, who has long blasted the media, and often targeted Acosta, said on "Fox News Sunday" that the judge's decision was "not a big deal" and that the White House would establish rules for the press.

The White House revoked Acosta's credentials after he and Trump tangled verbally during a November 7 press conference.

Kelly himself emphasized on Friday that he wasn't ruling on the First Amendment issue (yet), only the due process issue, so it's understandable that people would focus on that part of it.

Wallace asked what rules the administration would put in place going forward as a result of the judge's decision.

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