Trumps Orwellian argument for violating CNNs First Amendment rights

Trump\s Orwellian argument for violating CNN\s First Amendment rights
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A federal judge in Washington has postponed a hearing where he was expected to rule on whether the Trump White House had the right to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acostas press pass

Judge Timothy Kelly moved Thursday afternoons scheduled hearing to Friday morning. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia did not say why. 

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Kelly heard arguments Wednesday afternoon from lawyers representing CNN and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Video: CNNs Jim Acosta arrives at court to fight for White House credentials

CNN and Acosta say the suspension of his White House press pass violates the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press; the Fifth provides that the government cant act against a person without due process.

The White House announced the suspension of Acostas access without consulting him or allowing CNN to state its case.

CNN Chief White House Corresspondent Jim Acosta (center) arrived for a court hearing in Washington on Wednesday, flanked by his attorney (right) and CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist (left) In the back is CNN public relations officer Lauren Pratapas

Wallace added, “While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.” Fred Ryan, the publisher and CEO of the Washington Post, also expressed his support for the action in a separate statement.

Acosta (pictured yesterday in Washington) and CNN say the White House has violated the First and Fifth Amendment by banning him

He said on Tuesday night, “We support CNN in its effort to restore the press credentials of its White House reporter. It is a journalist’s role to ask hard questions, hold the powerful to account and provide readers with as much information as possible.”

CNN attorney Ted Boutrous speaks to reporters following a hearing on CNNs lawsuit against the Trump administration Wednesday

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Theodore Boutrous, an attorney representing CNN, said there never will there be more evidence of facial discrimination and animus against an individual reporter than in this case.

No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House and the [resident need not survive First Amendment scrutiny whenever he exercises his discretion to deny an individual journalist one of the many hundreds of passes granting on-demand access to the White House complex.

The network is seeking an immediate restraining order that would force the White House to return Acostas credentials – which grant reporters as-needed access to the 18-acre complex.

Acosta has repeatedly clashed with Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in briefings over the last two years. 

Acosta saw his press credentials revoked last Wednesday after he clashed with an intern over a press conference microphone and harangued President Donald Trump 

Commenting on the suit to the full-length mirror in his bedroom closet, Acosta said, I hope that this lawsuit will cause everyone to look at me because Im Jim Acosta. He then opened several other closets in his bedroom revealing several other full-length mirrors until there seemed to be dozens of Jim Acostas filling the room, all of them looking at the other Jim Acostas so that Jim Acosta was able to bask in the attention of the only person who really matters to him: Jim Acosta.

(CNN)Lawyers for CNN and the Trump administration are awaiting an initial ruling on the networks federal lawsuit over press access to the White House.

The Trump Administrations action against Acosta was harsh but not unprecedented. President Barack Obama suspended the pass of the New York Times White House correspondent in 2011, claiming he was no longer performing the usual sexual acts on the president just the way the president liked them. The reporters pass was soon restored so apparently they got that problem all worked out.