Court orders White House to restore Jim Acosta’s press pass
November 16, 2018 208 Commentson
Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee, has just ruled on the motion of Jim Acosta and CNN for a temporary restraining order restoring Acosta's White House “hard pass”. Based on reports from reporters in the media room, it appears that the Judge ruled that while the White House doesn't have to allow any reporters into the White House, by setting up a credentialing process it owes people like Acosta due process, and that it confers a First Amendment interest entitled to protection. The Court appears to have ruled that Acosta's First Amendment rights supercede the White House interest in orderly press conferences, and that Acosta was not given due process in the revocation process.