Court Orders Trump Administration to Restore CNN Reporter’s Press Pass

Sandhya Ganesan, Feature Editor

CNN’s reporter, Jim Acosta had his press pass reinstated as a result of a court order made on the 16th of November.

The press pass, revoked by press secretary Sara Sanders allowed Acosta into the White House for press conferences. Without this, CNN’s continuous coverage of White House activity was disrupted, and as a result, CNN decided to file a suit against the administration.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly issued temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in favor of CNN, effectively restoring Acosta’s ability to access the White house. That means the court ruled in favor of CNN. .

Acosta’s questions for Trump about the Midterm elections were later characterized as “hostile” by the White House. Trump had instructed the reporter to sit down and commented on his personal character.

“You are a rude, terrible person,” Trump said. “I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better,” Trump told Acosta.

After the conference, Sara Sanders tweeted a video of Acosta hitting a white house intern’s arm which was claimed to be assault. The White House later changed their narrative after analysts from the Associated Press deemed the video altered. Sander’s video was allegedly slowed down in the beginning to dramatize Acosta’s actions in the end.

While Acosta did touch the White House intern’s hands, he claims he did it to protect the microphone in his hand. After the media found out the video was altered, the White House claimed that Acosta was interrupting the conference,continuing to comment on acosta’s reputation.

In a memo from the White House addressing the grounds of the case, the administration says that no journalist has a constitutional right to enter the White House, and Acosta was disrupting the press proceedings.

Later, news outlets including the Associated Press, Bloomberg, NBC, the New York Times, Politico, and most notably, Fox News presented a unified front, backing CNN’s lawsuit.

The law firm representing CNN, Ballard Spahr, released a statement on behalf of the outlets listed, further supporting Acosta and CNN.

“Our news organizations support the fundamental constitutional right to question this president, or any president,” the press release said. “Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions. It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons.”

However, this statement is in direct opposition of what the White House and it’s staff claims.

“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration” tweeted Sara Sanders. She later goes on to speak about how Acosta’s invasive questions and persistence were a disruption and translated as hostile actions.

Though Acosta’s credentials were restored on November 16th, the suspension was arguable in the first place, justifying why CNN went to court in efforts to rectify the situation. To journalists in a position similar to Acosta, this situation will serve as a reminder of how not only their liberties as a member of the press, but people in general are always at risk.