Judging from news reports last week when a judge ordered the White House to return CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s hard pass, many were under the impression the drama was over. A closer look at the ruling shows his troubles were fixed temporarily. Now, the White House has told Acosta his hard pass would be revoked again in two weeks.
CNN has asked the U.S. District Court for another emergency hearing to extend the restraining order and compel the White House to maintain his pass.
“The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution,” the network said in a statement. “These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”
Contrary to popular belief, the temporary restraining order issued by Judge Timothy J. Kelly had nothing to do with the 1st Amendment. The judge issued the order because Acosta was not given due process, a 5th Amendment violation. This is why the White House immediately sent a letter to Acosta telling him they intended to suspend his hard pass again once the restraining order expired.
This is the start of a “paper trail” that helps the White House establish due process. In other words, they are contending that by explaining in writing why they revoked his pass originally, they are laying the groundwork for acceptable due process to satisfy Acosta’s 5th Amendment rights.
This may actually be enough to count as due process, assuming he is allowed to formally challenge the assertions of the letter. What’s more likely going to happen is that the White House will establish rules of conduct that can be used as grounds for suspending or revoking press credentials. If that’s the case, it’s very likely the White House will have to wait for Acosta to act out again before suspending him.
None of this has to do with the 1st Amendment, which has not been ruled on by a judge.
No matter what happens, Acosta is getting his wish. Unlike most reporters who do their job of reporting the news, Acosta likes to be the news. He craves attention. Whether he keeps his pass or not, he’ll maintain his victim status and remain in the spotlight.
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
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