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Jim Acosta finally broke his silence regarding the revocation of his White House press credentials and said it will damage his career forever.
CNN reported on his statement on Wednesday.
“I have always endeavored to conduct myself as a diligent but respectful reporter who asks probing but fair questions,” Acosta wrote.
“The revocation of my White House press credential not only destroys my ability to perform my current job, it will follow me for the rest of my career. My reputation and my future career prospects have all been significantly harmed if not completely devastated.”
Acosta wrote that he and his family have had to take “additional security measures” after receiving death threats “regularly, aimed at my work covering the President.”
“This has frightened both me and my family and required us to take additional security measures in our daily lives,” he said.
The White House fired back at Acosta’s lawsuit and it tore him to shreds, The Daily Mail reported.
The White House fired a legal salvo at CNN on Wednesday, responding to a lawsuit the network filed after the Trump administration revoked the press credentials of its chief correspondent, Jim Acosta.
‘No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House,’ the government argued in a filing to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
Trump, the administration claimed, doesn’t have to justify his decision constitutionally ‘whenever he exercises his discretion to deny an individual journalist one of the many hundreds of passes granting on-demand access to the White House complex.’
The court docket was updated just as a group news organizations, including the Associated Pres and the Trump-friendly Fox News Channel, said they would file a friend-of-the-court brief backing CNN.
The White House’s argument is centers on a reading of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees the freedom to publish, but not to attend White House functions on-demand.
‘The President and his staff have absolute discretion over which journalists they grant interviews to, as well as over which journalists they acknowledge at press events,’ Trump’s Justice Department lawyers argued.
‘That broad discretion necessarily includes discretion over which journalists receive on-demand access to the White House grounds and special access during White House travel for the purpose of asking questions of the President or his staff.’
‘Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions. It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons,’ the press outlets said.
‘Our news organizations support the fundamental constitutional right to question this President, or any President. We will be filing friend-of-the-court briefs to support CNN’s and Jim Acosta’s lawsuit based on these principles.’
The other signers included NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, Bloomberg, Gannett, Scripps, USA Today, First Look Media Works, the National Press Club Journalism Institute and the Press Freedom Defense Fund.
The White House Correspondents Association’s president, SiriusXM broadcaster Olivier Knox, issued a supportive statement on Tuesday.