Sam Donaldson says CNN suing White House over Jim Acosta suspension

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2018

Acosta got into a shouting match with Trump during a press conference on Wednesday - and lost his access pass after being accused by the White House of "putting his hands" on an intern who tried to take a microphone away from him. "We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process", the network said in a statement released Tuesday morning, November 13.

"CNN, who has almost 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment".

CNN said the move was done "in retaliation for his (Acosta's) challenging questions". "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a risky chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials".

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning.

CNN's lawsuit, he added, "is critical to preserve the media's ability to ask hard questions and hold the government accountable".

"The White House can not run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional", the statement by Sanders continues.

With other reporters waiting to ask questions, Acosta refused to give up the microphone and even appeared to made contact with a female White House intern's arm when she attempted to take it from him.

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Shapiro noticed that to allow the sped-up video to have the same length as the original one, a series of frames in the White House video were frozen to make them last longer and slow down the action.

"If favorable coverage is the price of operating with the [White House] gates, then we can cover it from outside the gates", said Toffel, a lawyer who was once an intern in the White House press office.

The White House Correspondents' Association said it "strongly supports CNN's goal of seeing their correspondent regain a US Secret Service security credential that the White House should not have taken away in the first place". "But it could be others, also", Trump said as quoted by The Daily Caller.

CNN called the White House's description of the incident a lie.

"Just sit down! When you report fake news, which CNN does, you are the enemy of the people", the president shouted.

Donald Trump is not backing down from personal attacks on reporters.

"The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor", the press secretary said in a statement. "We can't have the White House tossing people out because they don't like what they are saying or what they are reporting".

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