APA Lessons From CNN Press Pass Case

By Steven Gordon (December 4, 2018, 1:10 PM EST) -- In a case that made national headlines, CNN and its White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, sued the Trump administration on Nov. 13, 2018, seeking restoration of Acosta's press pass. White House officials had suspended his pass following a contentious news conference in which Acosta asked multiple questions of President Donald Trump and briefly tangled with a White House press aide who sought to take a microphone from his hand. The suit alleged three claims: (1) violation of the First Amendment, (2) violation of due process under the Fifth Amendment, and (3) violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. After obtaining a temporary restraining order on due process grounds, CNN and Acosta dropped their suit on Nov. 19, 2018, when White House officials announced they would restore Acosta's press pass as long as he abides by a series of new rules governing news conferences, including asking just one question at a time....

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