White House plans 'standard practices' to keep reporters in line

CNN requested an emergency hearing Monday after the White House warned reporter Jim Acosta that it would again suspend his press pass after a two-week restraining order expires.

In the letter to Acosta, the White House says it "didn't think formal rules for journalists were necessary prior to the CNN reporter's actions". "These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations".

CNN has accused the White House of attempting to "provide retroactive due process" and called for an emergency meeting on the matter to be held during the week of 26 November.

White House Communications Director Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed the letter, which promised a final decision by Monday afternoon.

"You then shouted a second question at the president on a new topic, which the president answered at the same time he asked you to yield the floor to a new questioner".

US President Donald Trump told CNN political correspondent Jim Acosta he was a
EVAN VUCCI APUS President Donald Trump told CNN political correspondent Jim Acosta he was a"rude terrible person

In a court filing on Monday, CNN's lawyers said the network and Acosta "remain hopeful" that the parties "can resolve this dispute without further court intervention".

"These basic, commonsense practices are necessary for orderly press conferences that are fair to all journalists in attendance", they wrote, adding that "no other reporter" failed to live up to those standards at the November 7 press conference. CNN's suit accuses the administration of violating its and Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights. It also makes it easier for them to go through White House security. It was unclear whether the White House provided reasons that would somehow pass for due process in the eyes of the judge or a chance for Acosta to respond. "In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter's hard pass".

Read the full story at Fox News. "We're doing that. We're going to write them up right now", Trump said.

"A senior WH official tells me the White House is dropping its effort to ban Jim Acosta for his behavior at the Nov 7 press conference", Karl tweeted.

While Trump's relationship with the media is reminiscent of the way the Nixon administration dealt with the press, it's not uncommon for a sitting President to have a fractious relationship with the media. "We look forward to continuing to cover the White House". Acosta started by saying that he wanted to "challenge" a statement Trump had made while campaigning for midterm candidates, and it ended with Trump telling Acosta to sit down because "when you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

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