Clearly, Lou Dobbs isn’t happy over the news that the White House is dropping their legal effort to permanently revoke press credentials for CNN’s Jim Acosta. The Fox Business host used a portion of his Monday night show to address the news that the White House is putting new rules on the White House press pool after a Federal Judge ordered them to restore Acosta’s press pass. Speaking with legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, Dobbs dangled the notion that Acosta’s colleagues secretly resent his acerbic style. And the anchor eventually asked, “let’s be honest…isn’t there a time where you have to tell a district court judge to go to Hell?” Dobbs continued by bashing Judge Timothy Kelly‘s citation of an “idiotic ruling” he used as a precedent for the CNN case, and he eventually said Kelly should “get back on [his] bailiwick.” Jarrett grumbled that the ruling Continue reading "WATCH: Lou Dobbs Suggests White House Tell Judge in CNN Case to ‘Go To Hell’"
The White House Correspondents’ Association made clear in a statement tonight they were not involved in the rules the Trump administration crafted for future press briefings. The WHCA welcomed the White House restoring Jim Acosta‘s hard pass after a week-plus of fighting back and forth, as well as weighing in on these new rules:
The White House did the right thing in restoring Jim Acosta’s hard pass. The White House Correspondents’ Association had no role in crafting any procedures for future press conferences. For as long as there have been White House press conferences, White House reporters have asked follow-up questions. We fully expect this tradition will continue. We will continue to make the case that a free and independent news media plays a vital role in the health of our republic.The big three rules established by the White House include: journalists get to ask “a single question” Continue reading "WHCA Reacts to New Press Conference ‘Rules’: We ‘Fully Expect’ Tradition of Follow-Up Questions to Continue"
The White House has officially restored Jim Acosta‘s hard pass and is backing down on its threat to revoke his credential again, but they sent a letter to the CNN correspondent outlining “rules” they want all reporters following in briefings. The rules include journalists asking “a single question” before yielding the floor and “physically surrendering the microphone” to other reporters, with follow-ups allowed “at the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions.”
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Per White House letter to Acosta on Nov. 19, here are the new rules for press conferences at the White House. pic.twitter.com/a6C2pmLv2K— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 19, 2018
Speaking with Fox & Friends on Saturday, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted that in private members of the media are “very disappointed” with CNN reporter Jim Acosta‘s behavior and encouraged those secretly disgruntled to be part of the “solution.” Spicer’s claim came in response to Fox News’ Ed Henry asking him, “How do you come up with reasonable rules of decorum without people saying you are trampling all over the First Amendment?” Spicer said it was a good question then said that he thinks two issues are being conflated. Then after saying the First Amendment needed to be protected, he said that a few “bad apples” have made it come down to Trump’s pledge to set down rules for the press. “I think it’s unfortunate but I think we need to codify those [unwritten rules] in some kind of in writing and say okay, well, Continue reading "Sean Spicer Insists Other Members of the Media are Privately ‘Very Disappointed ‘ With Jim Acosta"
Sarah Huckabee Sanders took another shot at CNN’s Jim Acosta tonight in an interview on Hannity with… Mike Huckabee. The White House Press Secretary’s father began the interview by asking her about the protocol for decorum being worked on after the judge’s ruling in Acosta’s favor today. Sanders said the White House supports a free press, but added that “freedom of the press doesn’t mean freedom to be disruptive, freedom to be rude, freedom to interrupt.” She claimed that they sent CNN a letter tonight laying out “what we think were some of the missteps that their reporter made at the press conference… and we expect to see a response from that.” In an interview today, the President himself said, after the ruling, if Acosta “misbehaves” they’ll throw him out again. And Sanders said they don’t want reporters to be “disruptive” and impede anyone’s ability to do their Continue reading "Sarah Sanders: ‘If Certain Reporters Like Jim Acosta Can’t Be Adults,’ Then CNN Should Send Someone Who Can Be"
Following CNN’s victory over the White House today, CNN political analyst Carl Bernstein said it’s perhaps time for the press to rethink how the briefings are covered. Bernstein told John Berman on AC360 tonight that President Donald Trump is a “creature of the press” and knows how to manipulate the press well:
“We need to be rethinking how we conduct these briefings and what our response is to the press conferences and briefings when the President of the United States basically uses them as an occasion to lie for agitprop and to manipulate the press. I don’t think we should necessarily be running them verbatim from beginning to end. I think it’s like giving him free airtime during the campaign. I think we need to reevaluate how we engage with the President, not get ourselves manipulated.”He added that under Trump, the format has ceased to be in service Continue reading "Carl Bernstein: We Should Rethink Approach to WH Briefings, Trump Uses Them to Lie and ‘Manipulate the Press’"
CNN’s Jim Acosta was victorious in his legal battle with the White House today, and both Sarah Sanders and President Donald Trump reacted by talking about the need for decorum in the White House. And Nicolle Wallace couldn’t help but be amused by that. After reading Sanders’ statement calling for decorum at the White House, Wallace and her panelists couldn’t help but laugh. “If you’re looking for one word to describe the Trump White House,” John Heilemann dryly said, “that would be it.” Wallace proceeded to show clips from the press conference where Trump clashes with Acosta, showing some of the President’s more combative and insulting moments towards reporters in the room. “Did someone say something about decorum?” she amusedly responded. Al Sharpton agreed that it’s clearly absurd on its face. You can watch above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab]