As you may be aware (and, even if you aren’t, you will be now), CNN has filed suit against the Trump administration for taking back the White House press pass also known as a ‘hard pass”) of its White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta.
This occurred after Acosta’s latest “I’m not through asking questions, I won’t relinquish the microphone, and everyone else in the room can wait” episode – one of many he has treated us all to over the two years Donald Trump has been President.
Well, CNN has put out a statement explaining this lawsuit – which, interestingly, I cannot find in its entirety on-line, only excerpts from this article by Trump-hating CNNer Brian Stelter.
In any event, I thought you might want to see those excerpts – in rust, with my comments in blue – so here they are:
“CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court. It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.”
As I asked in my previous blog on this subject, where is there a violation of CNN’s first amendment/freedom of the press? It turns out CNN has something like 50 such passes for other “news” personnel. The issue is not CNN – no matter how effortfully it tries to prove its hatred of Trump every day. The issue is Jim Acosta.
“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”
Well, that’s true in a way. It is true that if a “journalist” from any other media venue behaved as atrociously as Jim Acosta, over and over and over again, that journalist might find him/herself with out a White House press pass. But, as anti-Trump as so many others at the press briefings are (remember, over 90% of Trump media coverage is negative), Acosta is the only one it was taken from. That should tell the people over at CNN something, even if they don’t want to know it.
CNN, obviously, is unhappy with Jim Acosta’s press pass being revoked. By taking it away, Trump & Co. have, effectively, prevented him from doing the job they pay him for. But whose fault is that, other than “Acosta’s for his behavior…and CNN for not having reined him in a long time ago?
My guess is that Acosta will soon get that pass back – with a warning that it will be revoked again if he doesn’t start acting like he’s one of the journalists in the room, not a special-privilege jerk who gets to ask more questions than anyone else and injects his politically biased opinions into the questions rather than just asking them.
We’ll soon find out.