FakeNews may crow about ‘restoration of a free press’ with this ruling that gave Acosta his press pass back temporarily, but it was the due-process Fifth amendment, not the free-speech First amendment, that resulted in the favorable ruling…regardless of hype.
The Washington Times: “A federal judge ordered the White House to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass, ruling Friday that President Trump and his aides didn’t give Mr. Acosta enough of a chance to explain himself or contest the revocation.”
According to the Times “Judge Kelly did not rule on the big First Amendment questions CNN raised, instead limiting his decision to whether the White House had acted arbitrarily in denying Mr. Acosta a thing of value — in this case, the press pass that CNN says is crucial to him doing his job.” (bold, underline emphasis added)
While many try to portray this as the President overstepping his bounds, it was clearly a correct move on his part to condemn Acosta, and highlight such uncouth behavior.
(Acosta did physically resist a female intern’s attempt to take the mic, acting in a rude and boorish manner, using the edge of his wrist and forearm to push her arm down.)
Anyway, it’s an opportunity to lay out clear rules on press decorum moving forward.
We’re not sure how Acosta could ‘explain himself’ in a way to justify his actions before getting his press pass revoked, but we have a hint for the President, going forward:
A restored press pass doesn’t mean Acosta should get his front-row seating back…
…and doesn’t mean he gets an opportunity for questions during press briefings.
The punk’s an actor, not a journalist – why give him camera time?
For that matter, why televise WH press briefings at all? It just feeds narcissism.