Local professors face off on CNN lawsuit against Trump administration

David Madden
November 13, 2018 - 7:44 pm

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WASHINGTON, DC (KYW Newsradio) — CNN’s move to seek a court order that would reinstate Jim Acosta’s press credentials at the White House is causing a bit of a split within the journalism community.

Temple University journalism professor Chris Harper is among those who suggest Acosta went too far last week.

"There’s been one long standing tenet of journalism which the journalist is not supposed to be part of the story,” Harper told KYW Newsradio. “Jim Acosta chose to be that and I think that he and CNN are facing the consequences of his actions.”

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Harper says CNN would do better to just put someone else on the beat full-time and suggests the American people might actually side with the President on the issue of the tensions between him and Acosta.

On the other side of the street is Candace Kelley, who teaches journalism at Rowan University. She believes the network will prevail in district court, and the case could well wind up before the United States Supreme Court.

"This is a necessary step,” Kelley countered. “Otherwise, it just sets bad precedent for the president and all the other people who are named in this lawsuit to do what they want in the future. And if they were to have it their way we would be seeing a lot more of this, if this were able to stick, which it probably won’t.”

Bottom line, she sees this as a fight for freedom of the press. Harper contends holding what’s called a "hard pass", which allows full time access to the White House Press Room, is a privilege and should be treated accordingly.