CNN reporter Jim Acosta is back in the White House asking the president tough questions. Acosta, a seasoned reporter, recently lost his credentials when he challenged President Trump on his description of the migrant caravan. The sudden revocation of his press pass triggered immediate backlash and a lawsuit against the administration. The lawsuit argued that taking the press pass away violated Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights. A judge ordered the White House to reinstate the press pass and they agreed leading CNN to drop their lawsuit.
Here’s the questioning that led to Jim Acosta losing his press credentials.
Acosta was at a press conference with the president the day after the midterm elections. Insiders are the White House told media that the president was visibly angery by the Democratic victories securing the House of Representatives. When Acosta confronted the president about his demonization of immigrants, Trump lashed out and the White House would later suspend his press credentials.
Trump’s interactions with media professionals have drawn criticism and backlash in the past. Trump reserves his particularly angry outbursts for women reporters of color, like Abby Phillip. The CNN reporter asked Trump if his decision to appoint Matthew Whittaker was to rein in the Mueller probe. Trumps response: “What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions.”
For now it seems like the freedom of the press and the First Amendment trumped the White House’s desire to freeze out Acosta.
The decision to reinstate Jim Acosta to the press briefings played out on the internet as you’d expect.
— AJ(April)Reyes (@AJ_ReyLo33) November 19, 2018
People on both sides of the issue came out to share their opinions on the lawsuit and the will he or won’t he matter of restoring Acosta to the press briefings.
A few people threw around the idea of an Acosta only press briefing.
I think this is a fantastic idea! pic.twitter.com/0QJFI6jDZv
— Debbie Eckert (@bachinventions) November 19, 2018
If that were to happen, the White House would probably just cancel the press conference. Meanwhile, millions of Americans would tune in just to see how it all goes down.
Other people believe that the White House will try to make an example out of him.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) November 19, 2018
One of the things the White House stipulated is that reporters can now only ask one question at a time. It’s their way of keeping reporters in line. If they ask more than one question, they face getting their pass revoked.
The fact the White House used resources to go after a journalist has angered many people concerned with the real issues.
Kids still in cages, FL leveled by Hurricane, CA destroyed by fire, troops at war for 15 years, 🇰🇵 not denuclearized, 🇸🇦 Prince murders, dismembers a journalist, 🇷🇺 & 🇨🇳 still meddling in our elections, AND this WH is using tax payers $ to fight @Acosta over a press pass. REALLY?
— BlueWaveUnited (@BlueWaveUnited) November 19, 2018
It does seem like money that could have been better spent on other issues impacting the lives of Americans domestic and abroad.
People are letting their anger be known on social media.
I resent the White House using our tax dollars to pursue a vendetta Vs a journalist they don't like. The WH is not above the law but they will spend time & money to try. Any threat to the press is a great to democracy. @Acosta https://t.co/TEmiV46y8z
— Rabbi Jill Zimmerman (@RabbiJill) November 19, 2018
The current administration has a history of trying to stand up against journalists holding their feet to the fire.
Despite all of the drama, a lot of people are cheering for Acosta and his tough questions.
Keep up the fight for the freedom of the press and the right to question the government, Jim.