CNN’s Jim Acosta’s Going to Lose His Press Pass Again


The White House is planning to pull Jim Acosta’s press pass again as soon as the temporary restraining order is up.

CNN’s Acosta had his press badge reinstated temporarily for 14 days after the White House pulled it over his poor behavior.

Acosta is rude and abusive during every presser. On the day he lost his press pass, he defied the President’s request to hand the mic over to other reporters and he physically stopped an intern from taking his mic. His questions were also meant to embarrass the President.

Acosta and CNN sued and won the temporary restraining order. Last Friday’s court ruling meant that a temporary restraining order is in effect for 14 days.

But White House officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his press pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires, according to Brian Stelter.


After the Friday ruling, the West Wing moved almost immediately to once again contest his access, sources involved in the negotiations told Axios.

The White House sent CNN a letter Friday giving a chance for Acosta to make the case for continued access.

CNN is headed back to court, probably Monday. They believe the President is violating the First and Fifth Amendments.

Sarah Sanders said on Fox News Sunday that the correspondent grandstands. “[I]f certain reporters like Jim Acosta can’t be adults, then CNN needs to send somebody in there who can be.”

CNN feels they have to fight to protect the tradition of White House access — it’s not a law.

Axios reported that Stelter believes, “From the looks of the letter, the W.H. is trying to establish a paper trail that will empower the administration to boot Acosta again at the end of the month.”

Sanders said Friday in an interview with her father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, filling in for Sean Hannity: “We’ve laid out in a letter to CNN and their team what we think were some of the missteps that their reporter made at the press conference on November 7th.”

“[T]he judge, I think, was actually very clear that the White House has the ability to say: You can’t come in. You don’t have — freedom of the press doesn’t mean freedom into the White House. And he said there has to be due process. And so that’s what we’re doing and we’ll see what happens from there.”

Sanders added that CNN has “50-plus” journalists who hold passes: “So the idea that they aren’t able to get information that they need from the White House is frankly laughable.”

“[T]radition has been in the past that the White House Correspondents’ Association determines who sits in [the press] room and who sits in those individual seats,” Sanders continued.

In other words, access is tradition, not law.

Trump also told Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that he could throw Acosta out or stop the news conference or turn the camera off that faces reporters. He admitted he might be sued. “Win or lose, who knows,” he said.

Huckabee said to open up the pressers to reporters from around the country.

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