Friday, November 16, 2018

Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta's press pass

Earlier this week, the White House took away the hard pass it issued to CNN's Jim Acosta.  CNN sued.  This morning, the judge in the case issued a ruling in CNN's favor.  The Hollywood Reporter posted an excellent summary of the case so far in Judge Grants CNN's Motion, Temporarily Returns Jim Acosta's White House Press Pass | THR News.

A District Court judge granted a motion made by CNN and White House reporter Jim Acosta on Friday, temporarily returning the reporter's suspended press pass while the case proceeds.
Note that THR reported that the judge is a Trump appointee and that this was about due process as much as it was about press freedom.  That does show that at least courts are still functioning as institutions protecting the rule of law.  That's a point that also appears in CNN's analysis of the breaking story, Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta's press pass.

Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly sided with CNN on Friday, ordering the White House to reinstate chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass.
While CNN is hardly a neutral source, being a party to the action, I think it did a good job of reporting and analysis.

I'll do my best to continue following this story, which is an important one for press freedom and holding government accountable.  Stay tuned.

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