White House Reinstates Jim Acosta's Press Pass, CNN Dropping Lawsuit

The White House won't try to revoke a "hard pass" press credential for CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Fox News reported Monday.

But the White House also instituted new rules for journalists at press conferences, claiming it has the right to suspend or revoke a journalist's credentials if they fail to follow any of the rules.

During the 8 November news conference, a White House intern tried to take the microphone from Mr Acosta as he attempted to ask the president a follow-up question. You can't give notice after taking official action, though; due process typically requires giving the person being targeted a chance to make his case before the government acts.

With the tone of a not-angry-just-disappointed parent, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has issued a series of rules she says will outline acceptable reporter conduct.

Ultimately, Trump seems to view his feud with CNN as good politics, as his 2020 re-election campaign used the revocation of Acosta's press pass as fundraising fodder.

"The White House's interaction with the press is, and generally should be, subject to a natural give-and-take", Sanders said.


The report says that CNN had meant to "resolve this dispute amicably" by working with the White House and the White House Correspondents' Association "to establish protocols" for press conferences "on a going forward basis".

In our view, the procedural requirements of notice of the factual bases for denial, an opportunity for the applicant to respond to these, and a final written statement of the reasons for denial are compelled by the foregoing determination that the interest of a bona fide Washington correspondent in obtaining a White House press pass is protected by the first amendment.

So CNN and Acosta are seeking a hearing on a preliminary injunction "for the week of November 26, 2018, or as soon thereafter as possible", according to Monday's filing.

"We're writing them now".

If the White House were to seek again to pull the hard pass, it would have required the administration to first ask a federal judge to lift a court order. The White House had considered only restoring the pass temporarily for the time required by the judge, but it caved and issued a full restoration Monday.

"The fact that he was appointed by Trump, I'm sure, is part of him trying to be cautious here so it looks like the judiciary is fair", Gainor states. Trump said he'd kick Acosta put of press conferences if he "misbehaves" going forward.


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