WH & Activist Jim Acosta React But Ruling’s NOT What You Think!

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CNN’s leftist activist reporter Jim Acosta was banned for his outrageous behavior during the White House press conferences. Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, ordered the White House to restore Jim Acosta’s press badge temporarily Friday.  We have their reactions!

All is not what it seems. Jim Acosta does NOT have carte blanche. It is important to note that the President does not have to call on him.

When the President was asked if he wanted to comment on the ruling, he said, ‘no’.

“No, just… people have to behave,” the president said, adding that the White House is “writing up rules and regulations.”

He said other reporters were treated unfairly because they were interrupted (meaning by Acosta). He said if people don’t listen to the rules and regulations, “we’ll end up back in court, and we’ll win, but more importantly, we’ll just leave.”

President Trump said freedom of the press is very important, “but you have to act with respect in the White House.”

PRESS SECRETARY RESPONSE

The press secretary will clarify the rules and processes.

“Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House. In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There must be decorum at the White House.”

JIM THE SMUG ACTIVIST RESPONDS

Acosta’s reaction was fine today, but let’s hope he’s learned the right things from it. When it’s time to give up the mic, you give up the mic and don’t physically bar a young intern from taking it as her job dictates.

“I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today and let’s go back to work,” he told reporters in a brief statement outside the courthouse.

OTHER RESPONSES

Bill O’Reilly called it a bad ruling. He tweeted: Bad ruling because it rejects the argument that standards of personal conduct should be respected on federal property. If the White House appeals, I believe it will prevail in the Supreme Court. Actually O’Reilly isn’t quite right here. The White House will adjust the standards.

Ari Fleischer brought up another good point.

His tweet: Next move is Acosta’s. Let’s see if he learned anything from this. Will he keep giving his personal opinions? Will he keep asking four questions without yielding the mic?

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WHO IS JUDGE KELLY?

The judge was appointed by President Trump and, until last year, was chief counsel to the GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee. He is a member of The Federalist Society.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, who was confirmed by the Senate in September in a 94-2 vote, will continue overseeing the case.

He is a Catholic with two young daughters. His wife Sharon Kershbaum is the chief operating officer for Washington D.C. Department of Human Services.

3 COMMENTS

  1. It is reported that Judge Kelly said that Sander’s claim that Acosta had inappropriately touched a White House intern was “likely untrue” and partly based on evidence of questionable accuracy.

    Does this Judge get his “facts” from CNN. Anyone can watch the “C-SPAN” video, “undoctored”, recorded in real time, and know without any doubt that Acosta forcefully pushed the intern’s arm down. I haven’t read the court document yet but if this weighed on the decision then that decision is questionable.

  2. This decision violates the Constitutional separation of powers. The WH is entitled to determine the standards for allowing “reporters” to participate in WH press conferences, & the Court has no business second-guessing those standards or their application.

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