Profiles in Absurdity: Jim Acosta as First Amendment ‘Hero’

American Greatness | 11/18/2018 | Mark Pulliam
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The latest theatrics involving Jim Acosta, the left-wing political activist posing as a CNN reporter, perfectly illustrate the reasons why ordinary Americans despise the Beltway swamp: anti-Trump propaganda masquerading as journalism, rude and arrogant “reporters” engaged in 24/7 “resistance,” a federal judiciary so thoroughly dominated by liberal opinion that even Republican-appointed judges parrot the views of their ideological captors, and vain lawyers so eager for praise by the Acela Corridor establishment that they are willing to betray principle and common sense to receive accolades from fashionable elites.

The underlying facts are by now well-known: The insufferable Acosta, surely the most obnoxious “correspondent” ever to hold a White House press pass—a dubious distinction in a competition that includes Sam Donaldson (ABC) and the late Helen Thomas (UPI), among others—had his credentials suspended after a particularly abrasive encounter with President Trump at a November 7 presser. In a widely publicized incident, Acosta harangued at length, refused to relinquish the microphone when directed to do so, and pushed away a young female intern who was trying to pass the mic to another reporter.

White - House - Press - Passes - Regulation

White House press passes have always been viewed as discretionary and subject to regulation, in order reasonably to limit the size of the press pool and ensure proper decorum. Reporters are expected to be courteous and to exhibit professional behavior.

The attention-seeking Acosta, as is his custom, was grandstanding at the press conference, and breached longstanding protocols by insisting on arguing disrespectfully with the president. For this, his “hard pass”—necessary to gain entrance to the White House—was temporarily suspended. CNN was not barred from the White House; only Acosta was.

Acosta - Behavior - CNN - Suit - Injunction

Instead of feeling chastened by Acosta’s atrocious behavior, CNN promptly filed suit, seeking an injunction ordering the immediate reinstatement of Acosta’s White House access. CNN’s lawsuit solemnly—and risibly—warned that Acosta’s suspension “was an unabashed...
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