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'A sword hanging over our heads': Trump discovers new weapon against media
The Politico ^ | November 16, 2018 | Jason Schwartz and Gabby Orr

Posted on 11/16/2018 11:08:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The administration is drawing up rules for White House reporters' behavior, and the president said if journalists don't follow them, 'we'll end up back in court, and we'll win.'

CNN and Jim Acosta may have won their battle with the White House in court on Friday, but President Donald Trump has found a new weapon in his long war against the media.

After a judge ruled that the White House violated the CNN correspondent’s right to due process by stripping him of his press badge, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared that the administration was drawing up new rules to govern reporters’ behavior — and a process for booting them if those rules are broken.

“We have to create rules and regulations for conduct,” Trump told Chris Wallace in a Fox News Sunday interview, echoing Sanders’ announcement. “It's not a big deal. If he misbehaves, we'll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference.”

"If they don't listen to the rules and regulations," he told reporters at a separate event at the White House, "we'll end up back in court, and we'll win."

To reporters, the threatened new rules — which one person close to the White House said were in the works before the court ruling Friday — represent another obstacle to covering Trump, who views his battle with the media as an unambiguous positive with his conservative base. It was Trump and Sanders, after all, who escalated the Acosta situation after a dispute at a news conference by yanking his press pass and, to justify it, pointing to an apparently altered video of his interaction with a White House aide. Now, future legal encounters appear certain, as journalists deemed to have broken the rules are also likely to take the administration to court.

The situation is akin to having a “sword hanging over our heads,” said New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker. “It leaves this idea that they are going to be the judge of who gets to cover them based on some probably arbitrary criteria that they will be the only ones to determine.”

He added, “The idea that suddenly you’re going to try to determine who is polite enough to ask the president questions is just kind of ridiculous.”

White House Correspondents’ Association president Olivier Knox said Friday afternoon that the White House had not reached out to him for input on any new rules for reporter behavior.

“As the organization that defends the interest of a free and independent news media at the White House, we have our role to play, but what that role will be, I don’t know yet,” he said.

The White House might see political victory in battling the media, but the court ruling Friday was a legal win for CNN, long a favorite target of Trump's. Federal Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, ruled that the administration had denied Acosta due process in revoking his security pass, citing shifting White House explanations, no clear process, no advance notification to Acosta and no chance for him to rebut the allegations. Kelly ordered the White House to return Acosta’s credential on a temporary basis, while the rest of the case moves forward.

The White House did not reply to questions Friday about whether it would continue fighting Acosta and CNN in court. But Trump has kept up a confrontational stance with reporters in the past two weeks.

He berated CNN's Abby Phillip for asking a “stupid question,” after she asked whether he wanted acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to rein in the Russia investigation. And at the same news conference in which he tussled with Acosta, Trump accused Yamiche Alcindor of "PBS NewsHour" of asking a “racist question” when she brought up his use of the phrase “nationalist” and its links to white nationalism.

“Acosta is one thing, but I think they tip their hand by going after people like Abby Phillip and going after Yamiche Alcindor, who have done nothing but show how professional they are,” Baker said. “This is meant to intimidate.”

Trump's frustration with relatively straightforward questions such as those will almost certainly lead reporters to wonder whether they are being targeted for their coverage, not their behavior.

CNN has argued that was the case with Acosta, alleging that the White House yanked his hard pass — which allows reporters to freely enter and exit the grounds — because it was attempting to stifle coverage it disliked, in violation of the First Amendment. But Kelly did not address that in his ruling, saying only that Acosta's due process rights were clearly violated.

Now, the administration says it's creating a process for banning reporters who do not show “decorum” at events.

In excerpts of the Fox News interview — which will air in full Sunday — Wallace asked Trump what the rules for reporters should be. "You can't keep asking questions," the president replied. "We had a lot of reporters in that room, many, many reporters in that room, and they were unable to ask questions because this guy gets up and starts ... just shouting out questions. And making statements, too."

Trump added, “But I will say this: Nobody believes in the First Amendment more than I do. And if I think somebody is acting out of sorts, I will leave and say, 'Thank you very much. Thanks for coming.' And I'll leave. Those reporters will not be too friendly to whoever it is that's acting up.”

The White House will have broad discretion in formulating rules for reporters’ behavior, so long as none of them discriminate against anyone based on their views or coverage, said Katie Fallow, a senior attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

“The fight will likely be over how they’re applied,” she said.

Once the new rules are established, the White House likely would not be able to kick out Acosta, or anyone else, for past offenses, said Nathan Siegel, a First Amendment lawyer with Davis Wright Tremaine who previously served as in-house counsel for ABC.

“Probably the biggest question is whether it will use those rules to try to eject reporters, whether it’s Acosta or others, in the future,” Siegel said.

He said any reporter ejected from the White House under the new rules and procedures would be able to challenge them in court. The result could be an ongoing carousel of legal fights between Trump and the press — something the president seems to relish.

In the case of Acosta, Baker said the White House has an easy solution before it.

“If they really think that Jim Acosta is too rude, don’t call on him,” he said. “They want what’s happening right now. They want to be in a war with us.”


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1 posted on 11/16/2018 11:08:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Trump didn’t have to walk on eggshells, he’d publicly say that nominating said black-robed tyrant was a mistake, and that the person in question can go to hell.


2 posted on 11/16/2018 11:17:51 PM PST by wastedyears (The left would kill every single one of us and our families if they knew they could get away with it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

An “apparently altered video of his interaction with a White House aide” my hiney!!! I was watching it ‘live’ as were MANY others. No matter how many times they say it, it’s a lie.


3 posted on 11/16/2018 11:19:31 PM PST by radu (God bless our military men and women, past and present)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The “new” rule is the same as the “old” rule: somebody always screws it up for everybody else and requires a rule to be written when we used to use our common sense.


4 posted on 11/16/2018 11:25:49 PM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just stop having press conferences.

They are an archaic low tech way to get info out to the people.


5 posted on 11/16/2018 11:31:50 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not Averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” the threatened new rules”

Oh, POLITICO is too funny.
Imagine a reporter having to follow rules!


6 posted on 11/16/2018 11:32:48 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hate politico.


7 posted on 11/16/2018 11:41:08 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (It feels like we have exchaged our dreams for survival. We just ha va few days that don't suck.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

POTUS should dig out some ceremonial swords from the WH basement and hang them about the WH Press Room, just for the ambiance.


8 posted on 11/16/2018 11:47:36 PM PST by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies
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To: Secret Agent Man

Yeah you’re right. I said that before but someone replies that it’s Trump bully pullpit to reach the people.

Who the hell even watches them?

I read what he says on twitter.


9 posted on 11/16/2018 11:55:13 PM PST by dp0622 (The Left should know if.. Trump is kicked out of office, it is WAR!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The original wording is here: When we look at the wording for just 'freedom of the press', this is what we get:
"Congress shall make NO law" ...
Well, that's very clear to me.

But what give Judges or Courts the right to "MAKE LAW" about "freedom of the press", either "RESPECTING" or "ABRIDGING" the right "of the press" ?

It seems to me that the Judges and the Courts do not have any right to "MAKE LAW" .

So, Trump should tell that Judge that he's out of line, and to enforce his unlawful ruling IF that judge thinks he has the power to enforce anything !

The Presidency is an EQUAL Branch of the government, and the Judicial branch was created as the WEAKEST Branch of Government.
10 posted on 11/16/2018 11:58:34 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's SIMPLE ! ... Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yesterday’s ruling was simply to grant a preliminary injunction, improperly in my view, not a ruling on the merits. A ruling on the merits should come later and in a sane world the administration will win that because the reporters have no due process rights in this context. The judge in this case is a coward.


11 posted on 11/17/2018 12:02:04 AM PST by KevinB (If I'm ever arrested, I'm switching parties.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s ridiculous. There is no constitutional right to be invited into the White House, and no constitutional power for the courts to tell the President who he has to let in. They should appeal all the way to SCOTUS and let Justice Kavanaugh decide. But I guess it’s just easier to write up rules that we all learned in kindergarten, raise your hand and wait your turn, then let the next person have theirs.


12 posted on 11/17/2018 12:04:23 AM PST by Hugin ("Not one step rom his weapons should a traveler take"...Havamal 38)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As others have said. Move Acosta to the back of the room.


13 posted on 11/17/2018 12:04:34 AM PST by Moonman62 (Give a man a fish and he'll be a Democrat. Teach a man to fish and he'll be a responsible citizen.)
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To: Hugin

This is a big loss for President Trump.
He has to appeal the ruling or he will not be able to govern.
Why doesn’t he appeal??
TWB


14 posted on 11/17/2018 12:11:09 AM PST by TWhiteBear (H)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Journalism entitlement is dangerous

It is how Al Qaeda got to murder Massoud

This judge is full of sht

Lack of respect is a virtual threat. No way should Teump let it happen


15 posted on 11/17/2018 12:11:33 AM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is Mickey Mouse theatrics. Just shut down the press briefings. Announce that the Administration is too busy cleaning out the Deep State and DC corruption in general.


16 posted on 11/17/2018 12:15:23 AM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

This is Mickey Mouse theatrics. Just shut down the press briefings. Announce that the Administration is too busy cleaning out the Deep State and DC corruption in general.


17 posted on 11/17/2018 12:15:31 AM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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To: Moonman62

“Move Acosta to the back of the room.”


NO! Acosta is an agitator. Whereever he is in the room, he and his acolytes will find one way or another to make a bloody fuss.
He should be out, period.


18 posted on 11/17/2018 12:17:53 AM PST by miniTAX
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To: miniTAX

Also only put the person at the podium on camera. Ari Fleischer suggested this a few months ago.


19 posted on 11/17/2018 12:26:09 AM PST by Moonman62 (Give a man a fish and he'll be a Democrat. Teach a man to fish and he'll be a responsible citizen.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

By the logic of the court, how can anyone be denied a press pass?

Let anyone who wants to line up to cover a press conference. Once you’ve reched capacity, stop letting people in.


20 posted on 11/17/2018 12:26:37 AM PST by RFEngineer
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