The White House said Monday it has restored CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s
press pass, but warned him — and the rest of the press corps — that his
disruptive antics will not be tolerated.
In a statement to the reporters covering the White House, press secretary
Sarah Huckabee Sanders said reporters called upon at press conferences
will be limited to a single question unless explicitly given permission
for more, and they must yield the microphone when prodded.
Both of those directives are aimed directly at Mr. Acosta, who the White
House has accused of using his perch at CNN for “grandstanding” at the
expense of President Trump and other reporters.
“We have created these rules with a degree of regret,” Mrs. Sanders said,
pointing to years of press conferences that went off without the behavior
Mr. Acosta displayed this month when he verbally sparred with Mr. Trump
and then pushed aside the arm of an intern who tried to collect the
“We would have greatly preferred to continue hosting White House press
conferences in reliance on a set of understood professional norms, and we
believe the overwhelming majority of journalists covering the White House
share that preference. But, given the position taken by CNN, we now feel
obligated to replace previously shared practices with explicit rules,” she
That was a reference to the lawsuit CNN filed, and other news
organizations joined, asserting the White House was violating First
Amendment press freedoms and Mr. Acosta’s Fifth Amendment due process
rights by stripping him of his credentials to access the White House
grounds after the incident.
The decision to restore Mr. Acosta’s pass is a reversal from last week,
when the White House had sent a letter signaling it had made a preliminary
decision to revoke it.
The back-and-forth comes just days after a federal judge ruled the White
House had acted hastily in revoking his press pass, saying the
administration didn’t give Mr. Acosta a process to be able to challenge
Mr. Acosta and CNN had said the White House had little choice but to
restore the credentials after that, and said the threat to re-revoke the
credentials was illegal, since no rules existed at the time to prohibit
Mr. Acosta’s behavior.
“Put simple, the White House’s illegal reaction after the Nov. 7 press
conference cannot be made legal now by applying an after-the-fact
concocted process,” wrote CNN’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr.
He suggested Americans want to see a collaborative process where CNN helps
the White House write rules to govern future press conferences, rather
than a continued push to go after Mr. Acosta’s pass.
The White House statement Monday signals that officials decided CNN’s
input was not needed.
Mrs. Sanders did hint that more rules could come, though she said they’re
hoping the press polices itself.
The White House Correspondents’ Association, which acts as liaison between
reporters and the White House, praised the decision on Mr. Acosta’s pass,
but suggested resistance to the new rules.
“For as long as there have been White House press conferences, White House
reporters have asked follow-up questions,” said Olivier Knox, the
association’s president. “We fully expect this tradition will continue.”
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