Last week, when news came to us that CNN’s Jim Acosta’s hard White House Press Corps pass was forcibly restored to him by a judge, the headlines were misleading. The truth is that the judge put a fourteen-day restraining order on the ban so that the legal issues could be sorted out.
Now that that detail has been made clear, the White House has doubled down on their efforts to eject Acosta from the briefing room (really the indoor pool room, but no one ever remembers that that is what is under the floor).
The White House complied but has since written to Acosta, saying his pass will be suspended again once the judge’s order expires, CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter reported in his newsletter Sunday night.
The network said in a statement that the White House was “continuing to violate the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.”
“These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”
The question here is not so much the battle of wills between President Trump and the fake news networks, as it is the accusation that somehow in revoking a privilege extended to members of the media, the White House violated Acosta and CNN’s first amendment rights.
While he didn’t rule on the underlying case, Kelly said the Trump administration had likely violated CNN and Acosta’s Fifth Amendment rights, and that Acosta’s First Amendment rights outweighed the Trump administration’s right to orderly press conferences….
Government lawyers have argued the move is not an infringement on the First Amendment because CNN has other reporters who can cover the White House, and that Acosta doesn’t need to be physically present in the White House complex to do the job if he continues in the role.
What a cluster!
Sooner or later, this particular battle of the wills is going to end up in the Supreme Court to be settled. In the meantime, We the People are going to be subjected to some of the worst manners displayed in the public realm.
Really, Americans are not amused by Acosta’s obnoxious antics.