White House restores CNN reporter's pass but unveils new rules for journalists

Jamaica Gleaner

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".

Government lawyers downplayed CNN's request for urgent court action. "Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President". 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. His press pass had been revoked after a dust-up at a press conference with President Donald Trump. "It would be a great loss for all if, instead of relying on the professionalism of White House journalists, we were compelled to devise a lengthy and detailed code of conduct for White House events". "It turns out that press access to the White House is grounded very much in tradition rather than in plain-letter law". CNN argued that it violated the network and Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights.

President Donald Trump speaks as CNN's Jim Acosta, standing at right, listens, during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington.

"Failure to abide by any of [the] rules ... may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist's hard pass". Ted Boutrous, an attorney representing CNN and Acosta, said they would welcome "a resolution that makes the most sense so everyone can get out of court and get back to their work".

Later in the day, the White House sent the CNN reporter a letter informing him that a "preliminary decision" was made that his credential would be revoked, once again, after the temporary 14-day order expires. Trump responded by branding Acosta a "rude, bad person".

A federal judge on Friday forced the White House to return Acosta's credentials.

Such move would likely spark more litigation against the White House.

CNN filed a lawsuit to have Acosta's pass restored, and was joined by other media organisations in their efforts including conservative-leaning Fox News.

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.

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