CNN Sues White House to Reverse Jim Acosta Press Pass Suspension | THR News


The feud continues between the media and the White House with CNN filing a suit Tuesday to reverse the Trump administration’s decision to suspend chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s “hard pass,” which grants access to the building. A statement issued by the network read, in part, CNN continued: “We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass to be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process. While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers elected officials.” The lawsuit was filed against President Trump, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, communications director Bill Shine, chief of staff General John Kelly, the director of the Secret Service and an unidentified Secret Service agent. Sanders announced the suspension in a statement last Wednesday night, alleging that Acosta “[placed] his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern” during a press conference after the midterm elections. Acosta responded by calling the White House’s statement “a lie,” while CNN and Acosta’s peers argued that he did nothing wrong and was simply attempting to keep his microphone and ask the president a second question. Meanwhile, The White House has responded to the lawsuit in a statement, labelling it as “just more grandstanding from CNN,” and adding, “We will vigorously defend against this lawsuit.” On Wednesday night, Sanders tweeted out a video of Acosta’s interaction with the intern in question that appeared to have been doctored to make the encounter look more aggressive than it actually was. In the lawsuit, CNN said that Acosta “is widely reputed as a diligent and thorough reporter for one of the nation’s most respected and widely watched networks.” The argument was also made that the White House is Acosta’s workplace, and that his hard pass is mandatory: The suit also alleges that both the White House and Secret Service did not, and have not, followed due process in denying Acosta’s access and states that CNN president Jeff Zucker emailed Kelly last Thursday and demanded that Acosta’s access be reinstated. To read more on this story, head to THR.com. For The Hollywood Reporter News, I’m Lyndsey Rodrigues.

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2 Responses

  1. Jim Acosta acted inappropriately. He was disruptive and rude. It was like having a crying child at the press conference. That behavior has to be dealt with. CNN should just send someone else.

  2. Trump it is enemy of freedom of speech, we have a dictator on the damn power, his narc ass says by mouth: I receive the press openly but by deeds he kicks the press out in a hostile way, specially if the reporter has a hispanic name, first was Jorge Ramos, today Jim Acosta, who will be next..? That attitude is totally unnaceptable, he must to respond very calm the questions of any nature, I must to remind the president that he is our employee, he is a public clerk and he must to control and behave himself, now, if he dont like to respond strong questions he must to Resign, he needs anger management, if he hates the press and freedom of speech it is resignation time for him plain and damn simple…

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