CNN dropped its lawsuit against the Trump administration after the White House restored the “hard pass” of Jim Acosta, the showboating activist masquerading as a “journalist.”
The White House also issued a code of conduct for reporters — which now puts Acosta on notice (i.e., due process) that if he breaks any of these rules, he will be thrown out and his pass revoked.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement outlining the rules governing press events:
- A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists.
- At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor.
- “Yielding the floor” includes, when applicable, physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner;
- Failure to abide by any of rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.
In her Nov. 19 statement, Sanders noted: “This afternoon we have notified Jim Acosta and CNN that his hard pass has been restored. We have also notified him of certain rules that will govern White House press conferences going forward.”
CNN responded by immediately dropping its lawsuit.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) November 19, 2018
There had been speculation that the White House was considering permanently revoking Acosta’s “hard pass,” but it apparently backpedaled.
Officials must’ve realized that it’s now easy to kick Acosta out, since he will undoubtedly break a rule by shamelessly hijacking another press conference that will necessitate his banishment.
As BizPac Review reported, Acosta’s hard pass was revoked two weeks ago after he assaulted a female White House intern after refusing to surrender the microphone.
At the press conference, Acosta asked President Trump three questions and was rudely demanding that POTUS answer a fourth question while another reporter was waiting his turn.
Activist masquerading as journalist assaults intern… pic.twitter.com/FhviyFLZfg
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 8, 2018
After the incident, many reporters were furious over Acosta’s repeated antics because his behavior disrupts press conferences and has decimated the media’s credibility.
CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett said reporters should not make themselves the story — which is basically what CNN clowns Jim Acosta and April Ryan do all the time.
Without mentioning Acosta, Garrett said the WH press events should not be a vehicle for self-important reporters to make themselves famous. Reporters are there to get answers for the public.
“I do my level best to not make myself part of the story, and I think the best journalists operate that way,” Garrett told radio host Larry O’Connor (audio below).
“Because I go back to that fundamental point: Why are you standing up to ask a question in the first place? To get an answer. Why’s that answer important? Because it tells the country something it didn’t already know.
That’s the whole point of this interaction with the American presidency: To inform the public of what they have not yet learned.”
Major Garrett also said it’s important for reporters to be professional because the White House and the presidency deserve respect.
“It’s the most majestic political place in America, the White House. It is a place of institutional heft and commands institutional respect.
“And the person who occupies that institution is chosen by the country. And I respect the institution and the country’s choice. I’m there to – on behalf of everyone [at home watching on TV] – ask questions and, most importantly, get answers.”
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