(Article republished from TheNationalSentinel.com)
After Acosta acted like a nimrod once too often last week when he refused to yield a microphone at the president’s urging while putting his hands on the intern trying to take it, he was banned from the White House, though other CNN correspondents still have access.
So naturally, rather than call the White House and try to smooth things over, CNN decided on a course of action that could eventually find all the network’s correspondents out on the street: They went to court, making bizarre — and factually untrue — arguments to boot.
Nevertheless, the White House noted that CNN isn’t harmed by having Acosta cover the White House from outside the front gates, considering the network has 50 other journalists covering the White House from inside the gates.
“No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House,” the Trump administration is arguing.
“The president is generally free to open the White House doors to political allies, in the hopes of furthering a particular agenda, and he is equally free to invite in only political foes, in the hopes of convincing them of his position,” White House lawyers argued.
“The First Amendment simply does not regulate these decisions. And the First Amendment does not impose stricter requirements when journalists, as a subset of the public, are granted or denied access to the White House.”
CNN, in its ridiculous lawsuit, is also arguing that Acosta’s Fifth Amendment rights to due process were violated. But again, the idea that somehow the Constitution guarantees a jerk pretending to be a journalist the ‘right’ to harass and harangue a president he doesn’t like is folly.
Not that there isn’t some Left-wing judicial activist federal judge the network will find who will say otherwise.
Justice Department attorneys said maybe — maybe — Acosta’s due process argument might hold water. But the rest of the argument, that somehow CNN and the public’s interest is ‘harmed’ by his press pass revocation, is a s-t-r-e-t-c-h.
“Said differently, plaintiffs have not established that the public interest is uniquely harmed by Mr. Acosta’s absence, in light of the other tenacious reporters still on the White House beat,” the department said.
And some could argue that the public’s interest is better served without Acosta accosting POTUS.
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