After CNN reporter Jim Acosta threw a tantrum while addressing President Donald Trump and committed a possible assault against a young woman in his frenzy, it resulted in the termination of his press pass by the White House. Acosta was effectively frozen out from access to the President as the consequence for his heinously unprofessional behavior.
But a federal judge has put a speedy end to that. He ruled that the belligerent stooge has the iron-clad right to access the President, for to deny our corporate masters the ability to hector the President directly is unconstitutional! Isn’t that why the Founding Fathers wrote the Bill of Rights, after all?
“If at some point after restoring the hard pass the government would like to move to vacate the restraining order on the grounds that it has fulfilled its due process obligations then it may, of course, do so and I will promptly address that and then the remaining basis of the (temporary restraining order),” U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly said.
Kelly applied a 5th Amendment due process standard to the case of Acosta’s press pass. A CNN attorney and the leftist American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are unsurprisingly pleased with the decision.
“A great day for the First Amendment and journalism,” CNN attorney Ted Boutros said. “We’re very excited to have Mr. Acosta be able to go back and get his hard pass and report the news about the White House.”
“The White House surely hoped that expelling a reporter would deter forceful questioning, but the court’s ruling will have the opposite effect,” Ben Wizner, the ACLU’s director of speech, privacy and technology project wrote in a press release. “The freedom of the press is a bedrock principle, and our democracy is strengthened when journalists challenge our leaders rather than defer to them.”
The courts have created another right out of thin air: the right for corporations to have unrestrained access to the President. If you or I sued claiming we were entitled to a press pass regardless of our actions, we would get laughed out of the court. But that is not the case with the privileged media institutions that lord over these United States. They operate without repercussions, and the courts will always have their back no matter what.