Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

CNN Sues Trump For Revoking Jim Acosta's White House Press Credentials

CNN Sues Trump For Revoking Jim Acosta's White House Press Credentials

And the move sparked fresh public interest in an online petition being circulated by Media Matters for America, a non-profit media watchdog, that calls on other members of the association to show solidarity to any correspondent banned or blacklisted by the US president.

Mr Trump's latest attacks on the media came after his free-wheeling and contentious news conference two days earlier, and followed demands by several journalists and organisations - including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the White House Correspondents Association - that Mr Acosta's press pass be reinstated.

Acosta banishment from the White House marked an escalation in tensions between the president and his chief media antagonist. "Or as they call it in the Trump administration, Thursday".

Later that night, Sanders said in a tweet that the White House stood by its decision to revoke Acosta's credentials, writing, "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video".

Video of the encounter showed Acosta pulling back as the intern moved to take the microphone.

"Without this credential, a daily White House correspondent like Acosta effectively can not do his job", CNN's lawsuit said.

The White House initially contended it was Acosta's refusal to give up the microphone that led to his banishment; CNN said it's apparent the president didn't like his questions. During the Nixon administration in the 1970s, the Secret Service tried to deny credentials to a reporter from the Nation magazine because he had been involved in physical altercations, but was overruled by the D.C. circuit court, she said.

The White House News Photographers Association decried the sharing of the footage.

On Friday, Trump said of Acosta, "He was not nice to that young woman".

"I think it's a really strong lawsuit", Abrams said. "When you are in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me, a very special place".

Even Trump himself didn't react - didn't say anything.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Friday, Trump launched a tirade targeted at Acosta, calling him "unprofessional" and threatening others with having their credentials revoked.

Still, it's rare for the White House to pull the so-called hard passes from journalists. Things started off rough as the president poo-poo'ed Acosta's initial comments, saying "Here we go" and then signaling for him to hurry in asking the question.

The solicitor general in former President Barack Obama's administration, Neal Katyal, and conservative lawyer George Conway (husband to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway) argued in a New York Times op-ed that Whitaker's appointment to acting attorney general was unconstitutional because he was not confirmed by the Senate. "You ask a lot of stupid questions", he added, pointing his finger at Ms Phillip, before walking off. "You have to treat the White House with respect, you have to treat the presidency with respect".

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