… 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.
President Trump on Sunday blasted CBS’s 60 Minutes over an evening report about his administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which resulted in the separation of thousands of children from their parents at the southern border.
A decade ago, The Donald advised Fox News on launching its business network. Now the Fox Business Network advises President Trump.
President Trump tweeted Tuesday night: “So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?”
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.
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.