If Jim Acosta can’t behave like an adult, then CNN should send a reporter who can. That’s what White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said hours after a judge temporarily restored Acosta’s WH press pass for 14 days.
The pass had been pulled after Acosta assaulted a female WH intern while ranting to President Trump that the migrant caravans are fake. (Earth to Jim: The caravans are real, and many have already arrived at the US border.)
“There are some standard practices [be to a WH correspondent],” Sanders told her dad, Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee. “The very basic minimum is that if certain reporters like Jim Acosta can’t be adults, then CNN needs to send somebody in there who can be.”
Sanders underscored: “Like President Trump said, we support a free press. But freedom of the press doesn’t mean freedom to be disruptive, or freedom to be rude, or freedom to interrupt and impede the ability of other reporters [to ask their questions].”
As BizPac Review reported, the White House is “writing up rules and regulations” for how journalists should behave after Judge Timothy J. Kelly temporarily restored Acosta’s WH access following a CNN lawsuit claiming the move violated Acosta’s free-speech rights.
In restoring Acosta’s press pass for 14 days, the Trump-appointed judge said the decision violated Acosta’s due process rights — presumably because he wasn’t informed beforehand that assaulting a female intern was grounds for losing his White House access.
Activist masquerading as journalist assaults intern… pic.twitter.com/FhviyFLZfg
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 8, 2018
Judge Kelly did not issue a decision on whether pulling Jim Acosta’s hard pass violated his free-speech rights. Lawyers for both sides will present their arguments in the coming days.
President Trump confirmed that the White House is creating rules of conduct for reporters. “We’re going to write them up right now,” he said. “And if [Acosta] misbehaves, we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference.”
The judge also said that President Trump and White House aides like Sarah Sanders can refuse to call on Acosta.
Many on social media said this is probably the best “revenge,” since showboating CNN clowns Jim Acosta and April Ryan repeatedly hijack press events to make themselves the news.
How is Acosta gonna get in the headlines (which is apparently as necessary for him as food or water for normal people) when Trump or any other White House official refuses to call on him? pic.twitter.com/22AOBIf2Gl
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 16, 2018
Just never call on Acosta. He already cries himself to sleep every night because no matter how many tantrums he throws for attention, CNN won't give him his own show.
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) November 16, 2018
The White House is ready for Acosta now.
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