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Congratulations to the Dear Leader on his flawless victory in court against the media dogs at the CNN cesspool of evil. Donald Trump is a champion of the people's right to civil discourse, and he will not hesitate to slap those who hurt the dignity of the Supreme Leadership. Take it from Ri Chun-hee Sarah Huckabee Sanders:

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. 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.

Leave aside for a moment the screaming irony of the Pussgrab Administration lecturing the press on decorum. Literally none of what the Huckster said here is true. Judge Timothy Kelly ordered the White House Press Office to reinstate Jim Acosta's hard pass immediately on Fifth Amendment grounds. He didn't reach the First Amendment issues of press access because he didn't have to.


In plain English, CNN made two arguments that the White House broke the law when they barred Jim Acosta for beating an intern to death with a microphone on live TV -- true fact, THERE IS VIDEO PROOF. The first is that denying White House access to journalists just because Donald Trump doesn't like them is a First Amendment violation. While Judge Kelly did say that no one has an absolute First Amendment right to enter the White House, he never ruled on the administration's argument Thursday that the president has the absolute right to ban a journalist because he doesn't like her coverage. Instead, the judge found that the White House had likely violated Acosta's Fifth Amendment due process rights by capriciously revoking his access without explanation or means of redress, saying,

Indeed whatever process occurred within the government is still so shrouded in mystery that the government could not tell me at oral argument who made the initial decision to revoke Mr. Acosta's press pass.

No one has the right to wander into the West Wing at will, but you can't arbitrarily block a reporter by alluding to a standard of conduct that doesn't actually exist. Because this isn't a dictatorship, and our rights are not dependent on earning the king's favor. At least not yet.

Judge Kelly was also ... less than impressed with the White House's conduct in this case.

But what can you expect from those crazy liberal activist judges appointed by longhaired hippies like, um, Donald J. Trump.

So Jim Acosta is back at work.

And the case marches on, with further hearings to be scheduled. We're sure the White House Press Office will immediately set about writing clear, objective rules of conduct for the press to ensure "decorum." Because if there's one thing the Shithole Administration cares about, it's preserving the dignity of the people's sacred house. You bet!

[Paul McLeod Twitter / Buzzfeed]

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