On Friday, CNN won its legal battle with the White House when a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration must return Jim Acosta’s press credentials after the White House decided to snatch it from him when they alleged him of assaulting an intern.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled on Friday that the White House must return Acosta’s press pass. This decision seems to have made White House press secretary Sarah Sanders quite upset as she issued the statement below:
Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House. 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 in the White House.
Sanders’ statement comes quite short from being the truth, as BuzzFeed News reporter Paul McLeod noted:
“The judge did rule no one has an absolute First Amendment right to have access to the White House. BUT he then said when the President invites in some reporters but excludes others the First Amendment comes into play.”
That is technically true. The judge did rule no one has an absolute First Amendment right to have access to the White House. BUT he then said when the President invites in some reporters but excludes others the First Amendment comes into play. https://t.co/5UEP2xj2XN
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) November 16, 2018
Sanders’ claims are laughable and it’s a shame that a person working for one of the highest offices in the country would stoop so low. Her attempt to claim vindication in court by citing a minor point the judge made about the First Amendment is petty and disingenuous at best.