CNN sues Trump over White House ban of its correspondent

Cheryl Sanders
November 13, 2018

When asked about the White House's decision on Wednesday to revoke press credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta, Trump railed against other reporters and targeted April Ryan, with whom the White House has sparred before, calling Ryan a "loser" and "nasty".

CNN says it has asked the court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Acosta, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.

While speaking with Fox News' Chris Wallace Sunday, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway admitted that the video of the incident (between Acosta and the intern) shared by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was "sped up", presumably to make it look more dramatic.

Mr Acosta has had his White House media credentials withdrawn following a fiery row with Trump during a Presidential press conference yesterday.


The same principle applies in the Acosta case, said Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which brought the Twitter suit previous year. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a unsafe chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials". Trump responded in a vicious tone, "What a stupid question".

On Wednesday, a White House intern tried to take a microphone away from Acosta as he was asking President Trump questions that the president didn't want to answer. CNN Communications (CNN's PR Twitter account) released a statement on Twitter that read, "This President's ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far".

The White House is standing its ground, and, in a statement on Thursday, Sanders said that she stands by her previous position.

Journalists have been widely supportive of Acosta since Trump pushed him out last week.


".seeking a preliminary injunction as soon as possible so that Acosta can return to the White House right away, and a ruling from the court preventing the White House from revoking Acosta's pass in the future". The beginning of the clip has extra frames that would be indicative of an adjustment to slow the clip down, and then the actual moment of the incident is sped up to make Acosta's actions look more aggressive than they actually were. Two battled until Trump called him "a rude, bad person" and said, "CNN should be ashamed of itself".

"This sort of angry, irrational, false, arbitrary, capricious content-based discrimination regarding a White House press credential against a journalist quite clearly violates the First Amendment", he wrote. In once infamous incident he flailed his arms mocking a disabled New York Times journalist.

Donald Trump is not backing down from personal attacks on reporters. The president previously called the press the "enemy of the people" and attempted to undermine reporting with which he does not agree.


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