CNN and their chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta filed a lawsuit against the White House on Tuesday morning, demanding the immediate restoration of their star reporter’s credentials. Acosta’s Secret Service hard pass was suspended last week after the CNN clown took his antics at a press conference just a shade too far. Now the network and the clown in question are accusing President Trump, Sarah Sanders, John Kelly, and Communications Director Bill Shine of standing in the way of CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights.
However, in an immediate public response to the suit, Sanders accused the network of “grandstanding.”
“We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acosta’s hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit,” said Sanders. “CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment.
“After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions—each of which the President answered—he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions,” Sanders noted. “This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters.
“The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional,” she said. “The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor. If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.”
In a statement of their own, CNN said that not only were they asking the court for an immediate injunction that would allow Acosta to return to the White House but that they wanted his credentials safe from any future revocation.
“CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court,” the statement read. “It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.”
If granted, this would free Acosta to act in whatever manner he wanted in future press situations. And considering how unhinged his behavior has been for the last two years, we can only imagine what that might entail.
Hopefully the D.C. District Court will see the folly in giving this clown an unlimited pass to make a mockery of the free press. The fact that he’s filing suit instead of taking his time-out like a big boy proves that he’s learned absolutely nothing about how he should behave at these press conferences.