White House Lays Out New Acosta Inspired Press Rules

November 20, 2018
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The White House has put out some rules so journalists like Acosta will know how to act. Rules that were not needed until CNN let a rude reporter continuously disrupt The White House Press Conferences.

Acosta was originally going to lose his right to enter the Press Conference after his 14-day temporary order but Trump felt they could do one better and had the rules put in place.

According to Sanders, the new rules are:

  • A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists.
  • At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor.
  • Yielding the floor” includes, when applicable, physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner.
  • Failure to abide by any of rules may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass”

The White House’s interaction with the press is, and generally should be, subject to a natural give-and-take. President Trump believes strongly in the First Amendment, and a free press and is the most accessible President in modern history.  It would be a great loss for all if, instead of relying on the professionalism of White House journalists, we were compelled to devise a lengthy and detailed code of conduct for White House events,” Sanders said to conclude her statement.”

It’s sad that they had to make rules on how to be civil. It really says a lot about the bad behavior of Acosta. All he had to do is ask his question and pass the mic along. It’s really not that hard.

He is lucky they are going to continue to allow him into the press conference. Sanders explained that a judge was pretty clear that there were no rules/laws that could make The White House admit him.

“The judge I think was actually very clear that the White House has the ability to say, you can’t come in. You don’t have — freedom of the press doesn’t mean freedom into the White House,” she said. “And he said there has to be due process. And so that’s what we’re doing and we’ll see what happens from there.”

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