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

Conservative Review

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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