Judge Grants CNN’s Motion to Restore Jim Acosta’s White House Press Pass


President Trump, right, in a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, left at a post-election press conference at the White House in Washington on Nov. 7. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Image

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.

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26 Responses to Judge Grants CNN’s Motion to Restore Jim Acosta’s White House Press Pass

  1. stella says:

    Comment by another smart FB friend:

    The ruling on Acosta is preposterous. Can Pepsi sue the White House if they only serve coke? Can the court rule that the Sanders has to call on Acosta? That he has to sit up front?

    Where’s my press pass? Why isn’t my 1st Amendment right being trampled because I have no press pass? Can Al Jazeera force their way into the White House? Russia Today? InfoWars? The Workers World Daily?

    This is among the dumbest decisions I’ve seen and that says a lot. The court should have simply said it has no jurisdiction and not heard the case.

    Trump should create a whole new press process. Flood it with bloggers and right wing press. Let Prager, DailyWire, CRTV and many others in.
    Meanwhile, this decision should be fought vigorously up the courts. We can’t have a country of laws with a court system this stupid.

    And this was a Trump appointed Judge. Unreal.

    Liked by 3 people

    • auscitizenmom says:

      “Trump should create a whole new press process.” I think that might be coming. They could go back to the way Obama did it. It was tightly controlled by him. They could say, “We are going back to Obama’s rules.”

      Liked by 3 people

  2. auscitizenmom says:

    About the facebook comment, not calling on this perpetual three year old will not solve the problem. The problem is that he is a toddler who will not follow the rules and is rude on purpose. Think of the times he has yelled out when he wasn’t called on. He is a total distraction.

    My understanding is that this isn’t the final order on this………”temporarily restoring Mr. Acosta’s press access to the White House while the case proceeds.”

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Menagerie says:

    They need to push this to the max. Not to punish Acosta and CNN, but to get the right media in there, and to give all the people a voice, not just the liberals represented by all of big Media today.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. Lucille says:

    Apparently he has a right to assault staffers? Yes, I understand this judge clown isn’t handling that part of the case, but he could at least have mentioned that he wasn’t.

    Can the Press office make up rules that “speeches” are not allowed, only questions without commentary? Can the Press office instruct that only questions in writing are accepted…no microphone funny business? Or would Bozo say that’s curtailing “free speech”?

    Liked by 4 people

  5. hocuspocus13 says:

    God help us if it was the other way around

    The MeToo movement would have been burning down the town that a Conservative reporter put his hands on a Female White House “Democrat” Intern

    Liked by 2 people

  6. hocuspocus13 says:


    The White House Lawyers did not do their legal jobs and also came into court unprepared

    No legal notice to CNN/Acosta was ever send to them

    But rather they were notified by Sarah Sanders tweet

    Liked by 2 people

    • lovely says:

      The judge (a Trump appointee) pulled this judgment out from the nether regions. Acosta, as all of the other reporters, are guests of the people, the White House is ours, they are guests of President Trump and of Sarah Sanders, there is no Constitutional guaranty of not being removed from a guest list.

      Freedom of the press is not blanket immunity for any type of conduct or questions.

      I know that the White House has spoken about this and that fancy pants is going to be allowed back in but I hope that a code of conduct is actually enforced and not just talked about. Too bad that young intern did not throat punch Acosta and kick him in the groin as he was going down.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. stella says:

    ‘This Isn’t The Jim F***ing Acosta Show’: Journalists Unload On CNN’s Acosta


    Multiple reporters have privately complained about CNN’s Jim Acosta in recent days as the reporter continues to wait on a federal judge’s ruling as to whether he can at least temporarily restore the White House correspondent’s press credentials.

    “A few CNN reporters told me that they’re embarrassed by Acosta & CNN,” Republican strategist Arthur Schwartz said. “A WH correspondent from a major network (not Fox) told me ‘This isn’t the Jim F*ing Acosta Show. We all hate him. He’s an a**hole and he actually is disrespectful to the president.'”

    A member of the White House press corps told The Daily Wire this afternoon that “Acosta’s one-man show is a lot less about asking the president tough questions than it is about aspiring to [get] his own show on CNN.”

    Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer revealed on Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Story,” with Martha MacCallum, that he has heard similar remarks made by other members of the press that work with Acosta.

    Speaking about Acosta’s antics that got his press pass taken away, Spicer said, “It was rude and unbecoming to his other fellow journalists more than anything else.”

    “There is clearly a group of journalists that are disgusted and find Mr. Acosta’s behavior out of line,” Spicer continued. “But, what happens is, and I wrote about this in my book, that there’s a bunch of groupthink and fear about going against the groupthink that they all face in there. And so, right now they all feel compelled to come out and say. But privately, they’ll tell you that they find his behavior unacceptable and doesn’t bode well for their industry.”

    Liked by 4 people

    • stella says:

      Clarice Feldman’s comment on FB:

      Quit televising the pressers or give him the microphone and don’t give it to any other reporter and he’ll end up beaten in a ditch on the outskirts of town.

      Liked by 4 people

    • lovely says:

      He stopped to ask reporters if they wanted to ask him any questions as he was returning to the White House. I hope he gets his hoity toity self important ass thrown to curb.


  8. stella says:

    My favorite suggestion of the day is that Trump should cancel the White House press briefings and conferences. All questions should be submitted in writing, and a daily White House podcast could be produced to give the answers.

    Let’s face it – the “briefings” have long been little more than an opportunity to ambush the Press Secretary and whoever else was appearing, especially when it is a Republican in the White House.


  9. Lucille says:

    If the White House decides to continue pressers along the present lines, how about not having a microphone that’s passed around? Place a stationary mic at the front of the room so that anyone who is called upon must get up out of his seat, walk forward, and speak. Yeah, that would mean people would have to climb over other reporters…hahahahaha! Discomfort is the penalty for being abusive…everyone pays for the sins of the one or the few.

    I like the suggestions: 1) the microphone should be cut off if the reporter becomes abusive or won’t stop talking. He would then be told to stand down. 2) If he refuses, then the Press Secretary or the President or any other Administrative personnel would walk out, leaving the other reporters to handle the miscreant.

    Liked by 1 person

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