A court filing by the Justice Department has ruled that The White House can pick and choose which journalists are given a pass to cover it. This ruling was given in legal response to CNN and Jim Acosta’s lawsuit over Acosta’s suspension. According to the lawsuit, CNN asserts that the ban violated its and Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights.
More news organizations have taken sides with CNN through statements and plans are in motion by these media houses to file “friend-of-the-court briefs”.
According to lawyers representing the government,
The President and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists (and other members of the public) that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences.
At this time, CNN and Acosta are asking the court to grant them a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction that would restore his right of access immediately.
They are also seeking a declaration by the court that Trump’s behavior was unconstitutional as it violates their First and Fifth Amendment rights.
Jim Acosta, a White House correspondent for CNN, had asked Trump a question he considered unfavorable , in response Trump tried to shut him down even calling him names in the process. The correspondent, who showed no sign of backing down continued asking questions. A female white house intern tried, but failed to take the mic from the correspondent as held on to the mic.
White house Press secretary, Sarah Sanders later announced that the reporter’s press pass has being suspended on the grounds that he laid hands on the female intern, who tried to take the mic from him. CNN then issued an official statement fully supporting their own and refuting sander’s accusations
“Sanders provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better,” CNN said. “Jim Acosta has our full support.”
From the video and multiple eye witness reports, this accusation is anything but true.
It is totally unacceptable and irresponsible for Trump to make such false accusations and try to prey on the emotions of passionate people that frown at such behavior.
If judgment is not granted in favor of CNN, they would be requesting a jury trial.