CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta may be temporarily getting his way, but he is not gaining any admiration from some of his colleagues in the mainstream media.
According to CNBC, a federal judge issued a court order to the White House to restore Acosta’s press pass after the reporter got banned from future press conferences for his rude, combative behavior.
The day after the midterm elections, Acosta started acting more like a protester than a reporter as he shot accusations at the president during a long press conference. He even refused to give up the White House’s microphone after Trump finished answering his first round of questions and was ready to move onto the next reporter. On video, Acosta could be clearly seen physically struggling with a female intern over the mic and later yelling at the president as another reporter tried to ask questions.
Despite that behavior, Judge Timothy Kelly said he ordered at least a temporary reinstatement of Acosta’s access to the White House as the case continues to be argued. Kelly suggested that Acosta’s constitutional rights have been violated after the Trump administration barred him from access to the president.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the order, saying in a statement that "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.”
But she added, “We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future. There must be decorum at the White House."
Acosta’s behavior hasn’t won any points with veteran CBS News’ journalist Major Garrett. The network’s own chief White House correspondent slammed the CNN reporter’s actions during an interview on “The Larry O’Connor Show,” The Hill reported.
Referring to a time when he gave up the microphone and deferred to another reporter because Trump didn’t call on him, Garrett said, “Some of my colleagues might say ‘what did you do that for. Some might say you laid down and were too deferential, I don’t feel that way.”
"I deferred hoping he might call on me again. He didn’t, that’s how I orient myself to the institution," he continued.
"I respect the institution and the country’s choice.”
“The President of the United States, whoever it is...can say anything they want to me. They’re the duly-elected president of the United States,” he added. “It’s their microphone, it’s their house, and it’s their place. They can call on me or not call on me.”
Acosta has frequently been accused of making himself a part of the stories that he reports on simply than reporting on them. That seemed especially apparent during the press conference that got him banned.
To that, Garrett responded, “I do my level best to not make myself part of a story, and I think the best journalists operate that way,” according to Mediaite.
Listen to a portion of that interview below: