Fake news CNN’s war on Donald Trump rages on.
CNN escalated their attacks on the White House by filing one outrageous lawsuit.
But they quickly realized it was the biggest mistake the network ever made.
CNN cheered when a federal judge granted a two week temporary restraining order restoring fake news reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press pass.
The administration yanked his pass after Acosta disrupted a press conference and karate chopped an intern’s arm as she attempted to give the microphone to another reporter.
The judge ruled the administration violated Acosta’s Fifth Amendment right to due process, but did not rule on the First Amendment issues.
The White House responded with a letter informing CNN that Acosta’s press pass would only be restored for the two week period covered by the restraining order.
The Daily Caller reports:
The White House sent a letter to Acosta notifying him that his pass granting him temporary access to the White House grounds would be suspended after a temporary restraining order runs its course. The letter is the latest in the fight between the White House and the CNN reporter who caused a fracas at a recent presidential press conference when he refused to give up the microphone.
Judge Timothy J. Kelly issued an injunction Friday morning ordering the White House to reinstate Acosta’s credentials, saying his Fifth Amendment right to due process was violated. The judge was clear, however, that he made no ruling on whether the First Amendment right applies for any reporter to be at the White House.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders presaged the letter in a Friday statement warning Acosta, “in response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There must be decorum at the White House.”
The White House pulled Acosta’s press pass nearly two weeks ago, alleging that he behaved in an unruly manner during the presidential press conference and put his hands on an intern assigned to take the microphone away from him.
CNN’s lawsuit backfired on two fronts.
First, the Judge left the door open to saying the White House can yank press passes for violations of established procedures.
And the White House’s letter to CNN is setting up a paper trail to detail Acosta’s offenses so they can remove his pass without being tied up in court.
Second, fake news reporters now realize there will be official guidelines covering their behavior and they will be on notice.
If they act rudely or disrespectfully, there will be a process in place to kick them out.
CNN’s big “win” could turn out to be the fake news media’s biggest defeat.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.