In Victory for Free Press, Judge Rules Trump Must Immediately Restore Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

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In a victory for press freedom, a federal judge on Friday granted CNN‘s emergency motion to immediately restore White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials, which were revoked by the Trump administration last week after a chaotic post-midterm press conference.

Over a dozen news organizations announced their support for CNN‘s lawsuit against the Trump administration this week as the Justice Department argued in a court filing that “[n]o journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House.”

“Today’s decision reaffirms that no one, not even the president, is above the law. The White House surely hoped that expelling a reporter would deter forceful questioning, but the court’s ruling will have the opposite effect,” the ACLU wrote on Twitter. “The freedom of the press is a bedrock principle, and our democracy is strengthened when journalists challenge our leaders rather than defer to them.”

While the judge—who is a Trump appointee—didn’t rule on the underlying case, his decision to grant CNN‘s emergency motion was viewed as an important victory for the organization and the American media as a whole.

“We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days,” CNN and Acosta said in a statement. “Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong, and independent American press.”

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fishouttah2o
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fishouttah2o

Victory for the 1st. amendment, CNN, & Jim Acosta. Another loss for the impostor president.

Alfred Higgins
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Alfred Higgins

Of course, tRump will either opt to never allow Acosta to ask another question, or will do so only to pick another fight with Acosta by cutting off his questions with more insults. tRump is a master of pretexts.

Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

tRump is a master conman, nothing more.