Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Acosta All Smiles After Lawsuit Win: 'Let's Get Back To Work'

Acosta All Smiles After Lawsuit Win: 'Let's Get Back To Work'

Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed to the bench by Mr Trump past year, said Mr Acosta's constitutional rights outweighed the White House's right to have an orderly news conference, the Washington Post reported.

Donald Trump's Rules and Regulations of Decorum is in keeping with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders ominous statement shortly after the court ordered the immediate return of Acosta's badge, saying, "Today the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House".

Kelly, who was appointed to the bench by President Donald Trump, had listened to opposing arguments from lawyers for the government and CNN during Wednesday's initial hearing in a lawsuit the network filed against Trump and other members of his administration.

He said Acosta could report on the president "just as effectively" by watching the president on TV or by calling sources within the White House.

He noted he had not determined that the First Amendment was violated.

The CNN lawsuit called the revocation "an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President's point of view".

"While this narcissistic approach may serve plaintiff's self-interests as entertainers or media figures and the network that profits therefrom, they do not serve the interests of the forum", OANN said.

During his Presidential campaign, Trump told CNN that he would not kick reporters out the White House.

He stressed that journalists need to understand their First Amendment rights are "sacred". He argued that the White House was both the president's residence and workspace and that no one besides the president had the legal right to enter the grounds. (Again, the judge didn't rule on the First Amendment issue.) If Trump had won, she wonders, "How many passes could you take away from people?"

"The White House surely hoped that expelling a reporter would deter forceful questioning, but the court's ruling will have the opposite effect", Ben Wizner, the ACLU's director of speech, privacy and technology project wrote in a statement.

The Trump administration argued that the president has broad discretion to strip any reporter of White House press credentials if he wishes.

Describing the White House's reasons for revoking Acosta's credentials, Kelly said the "belated efforts were hardly sufficient to satisfy due process". But, he said, once the White House opened up the grounds to reporters, the First Amendment applied. Videos of the encounter show Acosta pulling back as the staffer moved to take the microphone at the press conference. It doesn't mean he gets to ask questions, it doesn't mean Trump or Sanders have to answer his questions, it doesn't mean they have to hold press briefings at all.

The White House soon dropped that phony excuse, instead claiming that Acosta's grandstanding was unfair to the other White House press corps reporters.

Acosta still refused to quit badgering, prompting Trump to say: "Just sit down please".

"This conduct is beyond reprehensible", said Sean Hannity on his Fox News broadcast.

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