Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

CNN sues Trump over White House ban of its correspondent

CNN sues Trump over White House ban of its correspondent

American broadcaster CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding the return of correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials to cover the White House. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders accused Acosta of "placing his hands" on the intern, although the video Sanders shared doesn't appear to support this, and the Reuters reporter next to Acosta says he merely saw the reporter hold on to his microphone.

"CNN, who has almost 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment".

"While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone", the network said. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a risky chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials", CNN said in a statement.

"The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta's First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process", the news network said in a statement announcing the lawsuit filed in a Washington federal court.

Jost again refuses, telling her "you're attacking me right now", then asks if she wants to sit. But it is unclear as to why Ms. Sanders, the Press Secretary of White House, chose to post a poor-quality video in her defence when she has access to video recordings of better quality.

Richard Toffel, the president of Pro Publica, the nonprofit investigative news organization, suggested in an interview that journalists band together and walk out of the White House press room. Acosta sat down then stood up and interrupted another reporter.

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CNN asked for an injunction to immediately reinstate Acosta, as well as a hearing on the larger issue of barring a reporter.

"You are a rude bad person, you should not be working for CNN", Trump said, further baselessly accusing him of reporting "fake news" and calling him an "enemy of the people".

The White House claimed Acosta "placed his hand" on the female intern while she tried to get the microphone. The White House Correspondents' Association and other journalism groups have backed him up, not to mention CNN.

Trump has frequently attacked the media, including during his presidential campaign.

The White House responded to the lawsuit on Tuesday, calling it "just more grandstanding from CNN". "If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the president, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business". The president previously called the press the "enemy of the people" and attempted to undermine reporting with which he does not agree.

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