CNN Press Pass: Saga Continues 🤦

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

Flip flop

On Monday afternoon, the White House reversed its original decision and reinstated CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass. The decision came after a Trump-appointed judge ruled in favor of Acosta and CNN in the lawsuit against the White House.

New rules

With the reinstatement, the White House issued new rules for reporters. The new policy states:

  • Only one question per reporter

  • Follow-ups are at the discretion of the president or other White House official

  • Giving up the microphone falls under “yielding the floor”

  • Any violations may result in suspension or withdrawal of a press pass


CNN: White House backs down from legal fight, restores Jim Acosta's press pass

The Hill: Conservative Newsmax CEO says he does not support White House suspending press passes

The left tries to show that even Trump's friends are against him on this one. They highlight a statement made by conservative news outlet NewsMax’s CEO (a friend of Trump) that the White House shouldn't have withdrawn Acosta’s press pass. This side also emphasizes that despite reinstating Acosta’s press pass, the White House continued to threaten access. 


Fox News: Michael Goodwin: Jim Acosta abused his privileges as a member of the press

RealClear Politics: Jim Acosta and the Hubris of Celebrity Journalism

The right criticizes Acosta for “looking for his 15 minutes of fame” and abusing his privilege as a journalist. The right also continues to insinuate that Acosta had a physical encounter with the White House intern in refusing to give up the microphone. They claim that if it were a courtroom, Acosta would have been held in contempt. 

A win or loss for the press?

While the outcome may seem like a win for CNN and Acosta, it is important to remember that the judge ruled in favor of Acosta on the basis of due process – not on a violation of the 1st Amendment. Furthermore, the new rules will limit the press from being tough with the president for answers should he fail to answer the initial question.

The White House's new press strategy



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