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White House has rules for media after reinstating CNN press pass

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White
House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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  • The White House has issued rules for the news media in
    the wake of a dispute between President Donald Trump and CNN
    correspondent Jim Acosta.
  • The Trump administration says violating those rules
    “may result in suspension or revocation” of the journalist’s
    press pass.
  • Under the rules, reporters will be allowed to ask one
    question and will then “yield the floor to other
    journalists.”
  • Journalists will also be permitted to ask at least one
    followup question if Trump or another White House official
    approves it.

The White House has issued rules for the news media
in the wake of a dispute
between President Donald Trump and
CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

Under the rules, journalists will be allowed to ask one question,
and will then “yield the floor to other journalists.”

“‘Yielding the floor’ includes, when applicable, physically
surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the
next questioner,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders and White House Communication’s deputy chief of staff
Bill Shine said in a statement.

Journalists will also be permitted to ask at least one follow-up
question if Trump or another White House official approves it.

The rules come after the White House reinstated CNN’s
chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass on
Monday. Acosta’s “hard pass,” which allows him access to the
White House,
was suspended
after Trump ridiculed Acosta as he tried to ask
him a follow-up question during a press conference a day after
the November 6 midterm election.

Acosta held on to a shared microphone during the exchange, even
as a White House intern tried to retrieve it from the CNN
reporter.


jim acosta
CNN’s chief White House
correspondent, Jim Acosta, asks Trump a
question.

REUTERS/Jonathan
Ernst


Sanders described Acosta’s conduct as “absolutely unacceptable”
and accused him of laying hands on the intern, which Acosta
denied. Video that Sanders shared showing the moment the intern
tried to take the microphone from Acosta
appeared to have been edited
.

CNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in response to Acosta’s press pass
suspension, alleging its First Amendment rights were violated.

On Friday, US District Judge Timothy Kelly ordered the White
House to reverse its decision on Fifth Amendment grounds, ruling
that Acosta’s due-process rights, or his chance to appeal the
White House’s decision, were violated.

The White House complied with the order and restored Acosta’s
pass.

“Should you refuse to follow these rules in the future, we will
take action in accordance with the rules set forth above,” the
White House said in its statement. “The President is aware of
this decision and concurs.”

It remains unclear whether the rules will change the contentious
relationship between Trump and his communications team and the
news media. Reporters have pressed White House staff for answers
to their questions in press briefings throughout Trump’s
presidency.

The White House acknowledged its rules allowed them broad
control during press conferences, but claimed it was a necessary
move.

“We are aware that [the rules] afford the White House a degree of
discretion in enforcing these rules and we see no substitute for
reserving such discretion,” the White House’s statement said. “A
press conference is not a mechanical exercise.”

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