It lives! Trump/WH - Acosta/CNN clash continues

Monday, November 19, 2018
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Jody Brown, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Trump's spat with Acosta (Nov 2018)A federal judge is making the White House give CNN correspondent Jim Acosta his press pass – for now. The November 7 quarrel between the journalist and the President of the United States now has the WH planning to draw up rules of conduct it hopes will discourage others in the press room from following Acosta's lead.

Fox News is reporting today that the White House is preparing to once again revoke Acosta's credential when Judge Timothy Kelly's temporary 14-day order expires. CNN filed new papers today accusing the Trump administration of violating their constitutional rights by planning to punish Acosta retroactively by applying rules of decorum that aren't written.

On Friday morning, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly – a Trump appointee – said he was giving Acosta his "hard pass" back while a lawsuit is winding its way through the courts because the White House didn't give the CNN reporter due process. He said it never gave Acosta a warning or explanation, or a chance to appeal the revocation of the pass.

Asked about the ruling by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, President Donald Trump said the White House was drafting rules of decorum for the press room, and that he has a plan to make sure there's not another confrontation with Acosta or his colleagues.

"If I think somebody's acting out of sorts, I will leave. I'll say thank you very much everybody, I appreciate you coming – and I'll leave," Trump responded. "And those reporters will not be too friendly to whoever it is that's acting up."

Gainor

Dan Gainor of Media Research Center says Acosta is already getting on his colleagues' nerves – although publicly they all say they support his antics. "You look at the videos [of Acosta doing interviews] and you see people tapping him on the shoulder or shushing him when he does his street theater," says the MRC spokesman.

And Gainor isn't buying the argument that Acosta is making in his own defense. "[Acosta argues] Oh, see, we're fighting for freedom and democracy and the American way. No you're not. You're just fighting to be a clown," he tells OneNewsNow.

In the end, Gainor thinks the White House will win the lawsuit, but that it won't permanently exclude Acosta. He contends Judge Kelly was intentionally careful in his ruling.

"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.

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