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CNN sues White House over revoked credentials of correspondent

White House suspends credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta CNN's Jim Acosta denied entry to White House
Patty Aguilar | 13 November, 2018, 18:42

CNN may be prepping a lawsuit against the White House after they suspended reporter Jim Acosta's press pass, according to Sam Donaldson.

Acosta has disputed the accusation claiming he never put his hands on the young woman.

Saturday Night Live tackled the recent controversy over the removal of CNN's Jim Acosta's credentials on "Weekend Update", as a "White House intern" appeared on the show and snatched co-anchor Colin Jost's pencil.

Legal experts say the network's chances of winning in court are favorable.

"The First Amendment forbids punitive action for constitutionally protected expression, and asking aggressive questions of an elected official is certainly within the protection of the First Amendment", said LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida. She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise or a contract with, I think, CNN.

A frame-by-frame comparison of the video shows that Sander's clip has been edited to speed up Acosta's arm movement as he touches the woman's arm. "He thinks he's the Rosa Parks of the press corps". But Trump's action appears to be unprecedented; there's no record of a president revoking such a pass from a reporter because he didn't like the questions the reporter asked.

"We stand by our decision to revoke this individual's hard pass".

Another possible parallel: A federal judge a year ago struck down Trump's blocking of critics on Twitter.

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Former CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno said that the president is in an "untenable" position, but is focusing on the Acosta/CNN battle anyway.

"The government can not exclude reporters from [the White House] due to their views", said Jaffer. It would be intolerable to let this kind of thing go unchallenged. President Trump repeatedly tried to move on to another reporter.

Journalists have been widely supportive of Acosta since Trump pushed him out last week.

"At this point, though, even the White House Correspondents' Association has not threatened a walkout", Rutenberg writes, seeming to suggest such a strategy.

"They don't need to cover a man who is picking fights with them for the goal of turning out his base", [the Democratic strategist] said.

The press conference started to devolve, however, when Acosta challenged President Trump on characterizing the migrant caravan as invaders.

The White House has never before revoked a "hard pass" as a effect of a reporter doing his or her job.

"I'm sorry, you can't take my pencil, I'm sorry, is this the White-" he begins as she slowly lowers herself behind the desk while still trying to take the pencil.

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