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White House backs off battle with CNN’s Acosta 

 

The administration also released new rules requiring all reporters to ‘yield the floor’ after a single question during press conferences.

The White House said Monday it was abandoning its plans to bar CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House, a major victory for the news media, but the administration also spelled out a list of new rules for reporters’ behavior and warned that it would crack down on those who step out of line.

The new rules, released by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will require all reporters to “yield the floor” after a single question during news conferences, unless they are granted a follow-up question by the president or another official taking questions. Breaking those rules “may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass,” the White House statement said, referring to the badge that lets reporters freely enter and exit the grounds.

In response to the White House decision, CNN said Monday afternoon that it would drop its lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s White House. News organizations including POLITICO had criticized the administration’s decision to yank Acosta’s press pass after a dispute involving a news conference. But the new rules for journalists unveiled Monday show the ongoing tension between the media and the White House and create uncertainty about whether the administration will try to strip others of their access. Read more

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White House backs off battle with CNN’s Acosta 

White House backs off battle with CNN’s Acosta 

White House backs off battle with CNN’s Acosta 

White House backs off battle with CNN’s Acosta 

White House backs off battle with CNN’s Acosta 

White House backs off battle with CNN’s Acosta