CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta is a grandstanding jerk who tries to make every story about himself. Last week in a testy exchange with President Donald Trump, Acosta pushed a female White House staffer’s hands away as she tried to take a microphone from him.
It wasn’t to the level of assault, but it certainly was a disgraceful way for a journalist to conduct himself. Based on Acosta’s unprofessional confrontational antics, his White House press credentials were revoked. In a move that surprises no one, CNN is suing President Trump and the White House to soothe Jim Acosta’s hurt feelings and restore his access.
Last Wednesday in a White House press briefing, Acosta pestered President Trump with a series of stupid question’s, refusing to yield the mic to other reporters. Eventually, Trump told him to sit down and called the CNN stooge a, “Rude, terrible person.”
A female staffer tried to take the mic from Acosta and he pushed her arm away. Later that night, Accosta tried to get on the White House grounds and was informed that his press pass had been yanked and he was no longer welcome.
As expected, CNN has filed a federal lawsuit to defend their sad little guy:
CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court. It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process. While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.
Named as defendants in this lawsuit are President Donald Trump, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and the US Secret Service. Interestingly enough, this lawsuit teaches us that Jim Acosta’s real first name is “Abilio.” No wonder he goes by “Jim.”
The lawsuit is already on shaky ground, but CNN threw this lie in which makes it a complete joke: “[Jim Acosta] is widely reputed as a diligent and thorough reporter for one of the nation’s most respected and widely watched networks.” Actually, that’s 4 lies. Acosta is neither reputed for his diligence or thoroughness and CNN is not respected or widely watched.
The lawsuit accuses Trump of trying to silence the press and specifically mentions that Trump has been a big meany to Acosta: “…Trump told Acosta, “your organization is terrible.” Acosta responded: “‘You’re attacking us. Can you give us a question?’ The President replied: ‘Don’t be rude. No, I’m not going to give you a question . . . . You are fake news.’”
In regards to the incident of Acosta pushing the White House staffer, which earned his ban, the lawsuit claims it simply never happened, despite it being captured on video:
Fox News reports that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to this ridiculous CNN lawsuit.
“We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acosta’s hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit. CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment. After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions—each of which the President answered—he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters,” said Sanders.
“The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional. The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor. If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business,” added Sanders.
Knowing Jim Acosta’s fragile ego, the only thing he’s going to take away from that White House statement is that they said he isn’t special. After he dries the tears, expect him to file a second lawsuit for questioning his specialness.