Police said a man with a southern accent called CNN just after 10 p.m. Thursday and said five bombs had been placed throughout the facility inside the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle. Police later gave an all-clear.
… the dangers are just beginning. New White House rules governing the press corps threaten the First Amendment.
The president said via Twitter on Monday that CNN “has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way. Something has to be done,” suggesting starting “our own Worldwide Network.” It wasn’t immediately clear what he meant. The U.S. government already operates Voice of America, which last year reached some 275 million people worldwide.
The White House on Monday abruptly dropped its effort to bar CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House. However, it said going forward, reporters would be permitted one question each if called upon at news conferences and allowed follow-ups only at the discretion of the president. CNN said that, as a result, it has dropped its lawsuit against the White House filed on Acosta’s behalf.
After a federal judge ordered that CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s credentials be temporarily restored last week, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying it had made the “preliminary decision” to suspend his pass. The White House said Acosta would continue to hold his credentials while the 14-day judge’s order was in effect. CNN sought an emergency hearing, saying in a Monday court filing that the administration was creating “retroactive due process.”
A federal judge temporarily restored Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials, but didn’t rule on the CNN correspondent’s First Amendment claims.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision following a hearing. The judge said Acosta’s credentials would be returned immediately and reactivated to allow him access to the White House. The suit by CNN alleges that Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights were violated by suspending his hard pass. While the judge didn’t rule on the underlying case, he signaled they were likely to prevail in their claims.
Judge Timothy Kelly was set to bring everyone back into DC District Court on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET to announce his decision, one day after CNN and the DOJ spent two hours pitching their side to the judge. Now it’s been put off until 10 a.m. on Friday.