WALL STREET JOURNAL:
A federal judge granted an emergency motion to restore the White House press credential of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta—a victory for the network in a closely watched press-freedom case.
The lawsuit could determine whether the government can ban individual reporters from public buildings.
District Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed to the bench by President Trump, on Friday granted CNN’s request for a restraining order temporarily restoring Mr. Acosta’s press access to the White House while the case proceeds.
Lawyers for Mr. Acosta, the network’s chief White House correspondent, argued that the unusual revocation of a reporter’s press pass by the White House last week necessitated emergency action.
Mr. Trump has regularly attacked CNN, and ’s ruling was a setback for the White House. Government lawyers acknowledged in court they knew of no other situation where the White House had revoked a press pass under similar circumstances.
The legal maneuvering was part of a CNN lawsuit alleging that the Trump administration violated Mr. Acosta’s First Amendment right to gather news, as well as his due-process right to challenge a government-imposed punishment. Judge Kelly didn’t rule on the merits of CNN’s overall case.
As a Facebook friend commented:
I told you guys they’d win this. The White House didn’t follow the procedure established after the 1977 court ruling. The court said there had to be one. This doesn’t make sense to anyone who is only thinking in terms of logic “how can there be a right to that privilege”. The White House Communications office and Press Secretary need to run these things by the White House Councils office before proceeding, because they probably could have gotten this done if they’d adhered to the requirements for doing so set forth in the 1977 decision. As I said before. I’d have left the pass intact and just never called on the asshole ever again. He’s rude and disrespectful to the President and his fellow reporters. CNN has plenty of other people who can be called upon, and there’s no requirement that any particular news organization be called upon at all.