WTF MSM!? Acosta wins round one; White House promises changes to briefings

· November 16, 2018  
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Jim Acosta smiling as he walks out of a courthouse
CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta walks out of the U.S. District Court House after a judge ruled that he should have his White House press pass returned immediately, on November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN filed a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump and top aides alleging that the network and Acosta's constitutional rights were violated when his White House press credential was revoked last week. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

And the winner is …

Only round one … Friday morning, Trump-appointed District Court Judge Timothy Kelly granted a preliminary order restoring CNN’s Jim Acosta’s access to the White House. The New York Times reports that Kelly said, “I want to emphasize the very limited nature of this ruling.” This ruling is not on the totality of the case, but often preliminary rulings indicate where the final verdict may go.

After the ruling, Acosta has triumphantly returned to the White House, greeted by a wall of TV cameras and proving, once again, that it’s all about Acosta.

Next steps … The White House responded to the ruling with a statement by press secretary Sarah Sanders. Sanders said:

Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House. In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future.

In Wednesday’s email, I outlined steps that the White House could take to downplay the role that the media cartel plays in the White House briefing room. These include taking seating assignments away from the White House Correspondents’ Association, calling on people other than those in the front row, and bringing back the Skype seats introduced by former press secretary Sean Spicer.

White House press briefings have become less about trying to get answers from the administration and more about grandstanding and preening for the cameras. There’s a simple way to shut Jim Acosta up. Don’t call on him.


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‘Men’s’ magazine … Here’s something a little lighter that made me chuckle. Noted “men’s” magazine Esquire proved yesterday that it knows little about one of the things many men like the most: sports. In an article about acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, the magazine wrote about his exploits as a football player at Iowa. That’s when things went wrong.

The magazine called Whitaker a “star,” but his stats show anything but that. Esquire corrected its story and issued the following tweet:

“Men’s” magazine indeed.

The Great One gets a great honor … Last night, LevinTV host Mark Levin received the highest honor a radio talk show host can receive. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Conservative Review’s Chris Pandolfo has a roundup of Thursday’s festivities.

WMAL talk show host Larry O’Connor wrote in his column at the Washington Times that Levin is not just the “Great One,” but in these days, “the Indispensable One.” O’Connor goes through how Levin wasn’t handed a national talk show, but worked his way up by working “his butt off.”

Congrats to Mark on a much-deserved honor!

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Author: Rob Eno

Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.