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Posted Tuesday 11/27/18 at 6:33PM EST
CNN adds a "Facts First" graphic during White House press briefing to counter Sarah Huckabee Sanders on climate change
The White House press secretary held her first press briefing since the Jim Acosta controversy. While she was answering a question on climate change, CNN put a "Facts First" graphic on the left side of the screen to counter her answer in real time.
Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 2:33PM EST
Federal judge rules in favor of CNN, temporarily restoring Jim Acosta's White House press credentials
Source: The Washington Post
Judge Timothy J. Kelly, whom President Trump appointed last year, agreed with the Trump White House's argument that there was no First Amendment right to come onto the White House grounds. But as The Washington Post points out, Kelly ruled "that once the White House opened up the grounds to reporters, the First Amendment applied. His ruling, however, primarily emphasized the White House’s lack of due process in revoking Acosta’s access, a key argument made by CNN in its suit. He said the White House’s decision-making was 'so shrouded in mystery that the government could not tell me . . . who made the decision.'" Kelly said that the White House's arguments were insufficient in establishing due process. "We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days," CNN said in a statement. "Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press.” Acosta added: “I just want to thank all my colleagues in the press who supported me this week. I want to thank the judge (for this ruling). And let’s go back to work.” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she will "temporarily" restore Acosta's credentials. “Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House,” Sanders said in the statement. “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. There must be decorum at the White House.” Meanwhile, President Trump said his White House team will be “writing up rules and regulations” to “set up a certain standard” for behavior on White House grounds
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST
CNN's lawsuit against Trump's White House is more than about Jim Acosta's press credentials
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
As The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner points out, "this new case isn't just about credentials, nor is it even merely about the First Amendment. CNN's lawsuit also alleges a violation of the Fifth Amendment and it's this cause of action that could provide Acosta's best chance of prevailing. Meanwhile, while hardly asking to be put in this position, CNN and Acosta have seemingly stumbled into a back door for exposing in greater detail how Trump's animus toward critics has impacted policy decisions." He adds that "should the lawsuit proceed to discovery, CNN could find some rare opportunity. Earlier this year, a judge denied a bid by CNN's parent company to probe Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to challenge the merger between AT&T and Time Warner. The White House is also largely exempted from the Freedom of Information Act. Now, CNN can articulate a concrete injury and the need to explore Trump's taste for vengeance. In denying Acosta a press pass, the White House may have thought it was saving itself from intrusive questioning by a disrespectful reporter, but one way or another, Acosta's interrogation is hardly over."
- White House blasts CNN's lawsuit: “CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
- CNN reportedly tried to make peace with Trump's White House before resorting to a lawsuit
- Trump appointed the judge who will hear the CNN vs. Trump case
- CNN is being represented by former George W. Bush solicitor general Ted Olson, whom Trump recently praised
Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
CNN sues the Trump administration for revoking Jim Acosta's White House access
CNN announced this morning it has filed suit against the Trump administration, alleging that the White House's revoking of Costa's press credentials violated his First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and Fifth Amendment rights to due process. "CNN filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration this morning in DC District Court," the cable news network said in a statement. "It demands the return of the White House credentials of CNN’s Chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acosta’s First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process. We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process. While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials." The White House Correspondents' Association is standing by CNN, saying in a statement: “The White House Correspondents’ Association strongly supports CNN’s goal of seeing their correspondent regain a US Secret Service security credential that the White House should not have taken away in the first place."
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 2:22AM EST
CNN denounces the White House for suspending Jim Acosta's press access, accuses Sarah Huckabee Sanders of lying
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The White House press secretary suspended the CNN White House chief correspondent's access Wednesday night, accusing him of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern" when she tried to grab the mic out of his hand during President Trump's press conference. CNN shot back, saying the revocation "was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference, In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied." CNN then provided video of the intern trying to grab the mic "for the world to see." Sanders responded by producing a distorted video of the incident that was similar to one posted by Infowars. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video," Huckabee tweeted. CNN White House producer Allie Malloy tweeted that Sanders' version of events "is a complete lie. The woman grabbed Jim's arm repeatedly. He never once touched her. In fact at one point @Acosta tells her politely 'pardon me, mam' as she's yanking on his arm." Acosta also received the backing of Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, who was sitting next to him.
- CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett expresses solidarity with Jim Acosta on The Late Show
- Is the White House spat with Jim Acosta aimed at distracting from the Democratic House victory and Jeff Sessions' resignation?
- Stephen Colbert blasts Trump for his spat with Acosta: "What a d*ck"!
- Samantha Bee goes off on White House for trying to silence Acosta
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
CNN's Anderson Cooper calls out President Trump for “speaking quite hypocritically" about civility at a rally
Cooper was particularly incensed when the president said at a Wednesday night Wisconsin rally, hours after a bomb was removed CNN's mailroom, that "the media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories. Have to do it.” Cooper said Trump was “speaking quite hypocritically, I just have to say," adding: “He talked about explosive devices being sent to former government officials. He made no mention of an explosive device sent to this building behind me, the headquarters of CNN, A news organization he routinely attacks. He calls reporters the enemy of the American people. And, yet, he said it’s the media’s fault for the kind of reporting that media organizations have been doing.” ALSO: Sarah Huckabee Sanders responds to CNN president Jeff Zucker blasting the White House: "You chose to attack and divide. America should unite against all political violence."
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 1:42PM EDT
Murphy Brown "had fun" adding Sarah Huckabee Sanders to last night's episode using real news footage and a body double
Murphy Brown snuck into a White House press conference during the George H.W. Bush administration, "so we decided to do it again," says creator Diane English. "We dedicated one of our writer’s assistants to pulling every press conference with Sarah Huckabee Sanders," she adds. "We found five of them where she was wearing the same dress and her hair was the same, so we had a lot of choices for facial expressions and words. That took several weeks. Then you purchase the footage that you want and edit it into the show. We hired a voice double, auditioned body doubles, and our wardrobe people had to make the dress as close as possible. It took a village." How did they pick a body double? "They come into the casting agent’s office, they go on tape, and they do a 360-degree slow turn," says English. "We picked somebody who looked like her size and her height, and had shoulder-length hair."
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Penn Jillette: Donald Trump said "racially insensitive things" on Celebrity Apprentice
"He would say racially insensitive things that made me uncomfortable," says the magician, who competed on the 2013 edition of Celebrity Apprentice, in a wide-ranging interview with Vulture. "I don’t think he ever said anything in that room like “African-Americans are inferior” or anything about rape or grabbing women, but of those two hours every other day in a room with him, every ten minutes was fingernails on chalkboard." Jillette wouldn't go into detail, adding: "No. If Donald Trump had not become president, I would tell you all the stories. But the stakes are now high and I am an unreliable narrator. What I do, as much as anything, is I’m a storyteller. And storytellers are liars. So I can emotionally tell you things that happened racially, sexually, and that showed stupidity and lack of compassion when I was in the room with Donald Trump and I guarantee you that I will get details wrong."
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Omarosa says she believes The Apprentice tapes of Donald Trump using the N-word exist
The former Apprentice contestant and Trump White House official says in her new book Unhinged that she never personally witnessed Trump use the N-word, but she claims to have witnessed the president using derogatory words about Asians to describe Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway, who is half-Filipino. Omarosa says three sources "all told me that President Trump hadn’t just dropped a single N-word bomb. He’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of The Apprentice. I was told exactly what Donald Trump said—yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant—and when he’s said them. Meanwhile, the White House blasted Omarosa's claims Trump used racist words. “It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. ALSO: Omarosa says she was offered a $15,000-a-month hush money contract from President Trump’s campaign to keep quiet.
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Ann Dowd says The Handmaid's Tale's Lydia would “make mincemeat” out of Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Dowd also admitted to Seth Meyers that she was initially confused over Michelle Wolf's invoking Lydia to slam the White House press secretary at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
White House bans CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins for shouting questions at President Trump
Source: The Daily Beast
Collins was serving as the official "pool reporter" this morning when she asked the president questions about recent news concerning him. “Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” she asked. “Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors? Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President?” When Trump declined to answer, she tried, “Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?” Collins was later summoned to the office of Trump's new communications chief, former Fox News executive Bill Shine, and banned from future events. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the move, saying she was acting “inappropriate.” Collins responded on CNN: “I was there to represent all of the networks and therefore asked about the questions of the day along with the other reporters and my colleagues in that room." ALSO: The White House's move is unusual and possibly unprecedented.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
White House blasts Samantha Bee for "vile and vicious" Ivanka Trump slur, demands TBS take action
The Full Frontal host is under fire for calling Ivanka Trump the C-word on last night's show. “Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices you feckless c*nt!” Bee said, prompting a response today from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious," Sanders said in a statement. "The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling. Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.” Bee's slur was also called out by Megyn Kelly, who tweeted that "this is disgusting. How is this acceptable? And how are we expected to take any of these publications seriously if they gleefully repost something like this at the same time they (rightfully) condemn @therealroseanne?" Meanwhile, Bee was condemned on TBS' sister network CNN, where Poppy Harlow called it "way over the line...it's never okay to say something like that about someone."
UPDATE: Samantha Bee tweets an apology as TBS pulls video of the segment: "I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it." TBS responded with its own statement: “Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
Roseanne Barr's racist tweet fallout has been baffling: Even Trump and Fox News didn't come to her defense
Conservative outlets like Breitbart and Fox News used the "R-word" -- as in racist -- in describing Roseanne Barr's Valerie Jarrett tweet, as Lili Loofbourow points out. Sean Hannity blasted Barr. And President Trump -- who told supporters that Roseanne's success "was about us" when it premiered -- opted not to stick up for Barr in wake of the cancelation, with his spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying "no one is defending her comments; they are inappropriate." "It feels, to this viewer, that perhaps the last major chapter of whatever Roseanne meant to America has closed, and what’s left is the work of sorting through this clash between its star’s past progressivism and reactionary presentism," says Loofbourow. "It has been disorienting but instructive to watch the emphatic return and emphatic fall of Roseanne Barr, culture disruptor, at a time when our politics have been similarly disrupted. Barr and Trump are, after all, the yin and the yang of the story we tell about blue-collar America that’s long since stopped being true—both of them accruing capital by hearkening back to better times. Roseanne the reboot tried to do the same. Claims that the show was bravely addressing our divided political moment were ludicrously overblown. The show was funny because of how completely it side-stepped the way contemporary citizens engage with each other politically—a tendency best exemplified by its vitriolic creator, whose online conduct finally took the show down."
- Late-night hosts mock Roseanne Barr's Ambien excuse with fake ads for the sleep medication
- Michael Moore posts 1998 footage of him sitting at a table with Donald Trump and Roseanne
- Roseanne's Ambien story almost makes sense: No, the drug doesn't make you racist, but its trips are really weird
- What is the origin of "racially charged"? The phrase was used by many media outlets in early headlines on Roseanne's racist tweet
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
Kathy Griffin marks the one-year anniversary of her Trump beheading controversy -- and responds to White House mentioning her
"One year ago today my Trump photo was released," Griffin tweeted last night, posting a video of Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday listing Griffin's appearance on The View as one of Trump's grievances against Disney CEO Bob Iger. "I have planned on doing this thread for a while but the fact that Sarah Sanders brought my name up at the podium today makes it even more appropriate for me to share some thoughts on what happened." Over the course of more than 40 tweets, Griffin detailed how life got worse for her after her Trump beheading photo. “I learned that day the power of the presidency and the power of the Trump machine. Immediately the death threats started pouring in again but more violent and serious than the previous night," she said. "The news networks broke into their programming to put his tweet up."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
President Trump's grievances with Disney CEO Bob Iger have to do with Jemele Hill, Joy Behar, Keith Olbermann and Kathy Griffin
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today the White House isn't defending Roseanne Barr's "inappropriate" comments. Rather, she said Trump's tweet this morning about not getting an apology from Iger over "the HORRIBLE statements" said about him was an attempt to point out media bias against him. “The president is pointing to the hypocrisy in the media, saying the most horrible things about this president and nobody addresses it,” Sanders said. “Where was Bob Iger’s apology to White House staff for (ESPN’s) Jemele Hill calling the President, and anyone associated with him, a white supremacist? To Christians around the world, for Joy Behar calling Christianity a mental illness? Where was the apology for Kathy Griffin going on a profane rant against the President on The View after a photo showed her holding President Trump’s decapitated head? And, where was the apology from Bob Iger for ESPN hiring Keith Olbermann after his numerous expletive-laced tweets attacking the President as a Nazi, even expanding Olbermann’s role after that attack against the President’s family? This is the double standard that the President is speaking about." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel mocks Trump's tweet demanding an apology from Iger.