New rules for reporters during presidential press conferences

November 19, 2018 - 3:50 pm

The White House is adjusting actions toward permanently banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the grounds but has set new rules concerning decorum for reporters at presidential press conferences, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Monday.

“This afternoon we have notified Jim Acosta and CNN that his hard pass has been restored. We have also notified him of certain rules that will govern White House press conferences going forward,” Sanders said.

Sanders listed several enumerated rules for reporters during presidential press conferences including:

(1)    A journalist called upon to ask a question will ask a single question and then will yield the floor to other journalists;

(2)     At the discretion of the President or other White House official taking questions, a follow-up question or questions may be permitted; and where a follow up has been allowed and asked, the questioner will then yield the floor;

(3)    “Yielding the floor” includes, when applicable, physically surrendering the microphone to White House staff for use by the next questioner;

(4)    Failure to abide by any of rules (1)-(3) may result in suspension or revocation of the journalist’s hard pass.

“Should you refuse to follow these rules in the future, we will take action in accordance with the rules set forth above. The President is aware of this decision and concurs,” the White House warned Acosta in a letter.


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