Acosta Gets His Pass Back But Trump Has a Plan

The White House temporarily suspended CNN’s Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s hard press pass. And for good reason.

Acosta’s outrageous behavior warranted the move.

Recall, Acosta refused to give up a microphone when the president said he didn’t want to hear anything more from him. President Trump referred to Acosta as a “rude, terrible person.”

Hours later, the White House announced that Acosta’s White House access would be revoked.

CNN filed a lawsuit to regain the Acosta’s White credentials, calling the revocation “an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President’s point of view.”

A farce. But how else will CNN get in the news if they don’t have access to President Trump?

A judge agreed and ordered the White House to immediately restore his hard press pass.

Citing the legal precedent from the 1977 D.C. Circuit Court case, Sherrill v. H. Knight, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, said the White House did not provide Acosta “due process” in revoking the pass.

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Further, the judge stated the fact that CNN has other pass holders does not reduce the level of “harm” towards the network’s White House correspondent. The judge also remarked on Acosta “laying hands” on a White House intern, calling the characterization “likely untrue” and “partly based on evidence of questionable accuracy.”

Notably, Kelly, referring to his ruling as “very limited” in nature, left the door open for the White House to revoke Acosta’s credentials, granted due process is respected.

“I just want to say something very briefly and that is I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today. Let’s get back to work,” Acosta said as he exited the courthouse.

CNN attorney Ted Boutros said the news network is “extremely pleased with the ruling today,” adding that it is “a great day for the First Amendment and journalism.”

In a separate statement, CNN said: “We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.”

Responding to the ruling, the White House announced it will “temporarily reinstate” Acosta’s pass and said it will “further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future.”

Acosta has been an open embarrassment to the press corps and has clashed repeatedly with President Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in briefings over the last two years.

What this ruling does is let Acosta back in the White House for press briefings. But the president has amazing options.

For example, he could cancel press conferences, and merely issue notes.

There is no obligation for the president to have these pressers. And no court can rule against him on this.

Next, the president can do what I suggested when the story first broke:

The president can simply never take questions from CNN. How cool would that be. Give CNN access, but never recognize them. 

That’s like the presidential “silent treatment”.

Worse yet, the president and all spokespersons should call on anybody next to Acosta, on both sides of him.

Wait, I have a better idea. The president not only doesn’t speak with CNN, but he cuts off anybody associated with Acosta or CNN.

Remember in the presser where Acosta was rude, there were others who said they were friends with Acosta. Blacklist those clowns as well.

If we are going after the media, let’s go for the jugular.

Then, if process is what is needed, the White House can implement a process whereby Acosta’s antics will get him banned.

Finally, the president can take his case to the Supreme Court, where he would win.

On this last point, I would have these rules of conduct ready for the next meeting. And I STILL wouldn’t call on Acosta.

How long do you think that egomaniac would last with a passive-aggressive ban on his questions.

And you know President Trump would needle him.

I suspect the president would take more questions, stretching out pressers. Just longer for Acosta to grow more and more angry.

CNN won a meaningless battle. And Fox News joined them in rewarding a petulant child in Jim Acosta. Not exactly a move Conservatives ever figured Fox News would make.

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