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Judge Gives Blowhard Jim Acosta His Bullhorn Back


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Judge Gives Blowhard Jim Acosta His Bullhorn Back
Proving the old adage that “The Law’s an ass”, a federal judge on Friday granted CNN’s request for a court order that would temporarily reinstate ‘correspondent’ Jim Acosta’s White House press pass.

In this case, the law’s not only an # but donkeys are riding all over it because it, in effect, gives a bullhorn back to a badgering blowhard.

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Judge Timothy J. Kelly, appointed Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by President Donald Trump, assumed office on Sept. 8, 2017.

In a gone-upside-down world blowhard and bullying are in, decorum and showing respect for the office of the President of the United States are out.

For any who might think that Acosta’s badgering of all those about him (including other reporters) at White House pressers, was over the top, think of what today’s win will do his already over inflated ego.

Rude dudes like Acosta are bound to bring more media bullies to the fore.

God help anyone who steps into his limelight when Acosta’s got the floor.

“CNN’s lawsuit, announced Tuesday, argues that Acosta’s constitutional rights had been violated by Trump and five other members of his administration, as well as by the U.S. Secret Service. The other defendants include chief of staff John Kelly, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy chief of staff Bill Shine and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles. (CNBC.com, Nov. 16, 2018)

“The legal challenge came in response to the Trump administration’s decision last week to yank Acosta’s “hard pass,” which gave him access to the White House grounds, after Acosta clashed with the president at a news conference earlier that day. The suit underscored Trump’s increasingly hostile relationship with many mainstream media outlets, which he regularly decries as “fake news” and “the enemy of the people.”

“The White House had no immediate comment on the decision, or the question of whether the administration will file an appeal of the ruling.

“CNN argued that the White House infringed on Acosta’s free press and due process rights under the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The network was asking for an order that would temporarily reverse the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s hard pass, until a final decision on the lawsuit was reached. CNN also wants “a declaration that the revocation of Acosta’s press credentials was unconstitutional.”

Isn’ t it “unconstitutional” to disrupt press conferences; to refuse to turn over the mic to the next questioner and to show an utter lack of respect to the President of the United States of America?

Not much hope of a a turnaround when the case continues its way through the court:

“This result means that Acosta will have his access to the White House restored for at least a short period of time. The judge said while explaining his decision that he believes that CNN and Acosta are likely to prevail in the case overall.”  (CNN, Nov. 16, 2018)

The worst part of this ruling is that it opens the door for other ‘correspondents’/‘journalists’ who might adopt Acosta’s bully behaviour at future White House press conferences.

Other major media, including Fox News, backed the CNN lawsuit against the White House.

They include to date: “The Associated Press, Bloomberg, First Look Media, Gannett, the New York Times, Politico, EW Scripps, USA Today Network, Washington Post, Press Freedom Defense Fund, and National Press Club.”

Meanwhile, it’s a dog-eat-dog world of which braying donkeys approve.

 

 


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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com.

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