David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday he was “a little shocked” that a judge ordered the White House to reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials.

Appearing on Fox News, Spicer said: “Look I’m no lawyer, but I’m a little shocked in the sense that that I think that there’s nothing that prohibited Mr. Acosta from writing on the White House’s actions.” 

“Obviously whether he has access or not, he, like so many other journalists, can write about the White House or any subject they deem necessary or of interest,” Spicer added. 

A judge issued a temporary ruling on Friday to reinstate Acosta’s press credentials. The White House stripped Acosta’s press pass after the reporter clashed with President Trump at a contentious press conference. The White House initially claimed it took away Acosta’s pass because he touched a press intern trying to grab the microphone from him. CNN sued to reinstate Acosta’s credentials.

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who gets paid to opine on CNN, said Friday that technology has degraded the quality of news.

“And as a result you do see a lot of fake news out there, you do see a lot of opinion leaking into the hard news cycle. And that is real. And if journalists just want to say that doesn’t happen, there is no such thing as fake news, I’m sorry, the public is not buying it because it’s just not true,” he said on CNN.


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The White House on Tuesday pushed back against a lawsuit filed by CNN over Jim Acosta’s press credentials being revoked.

“We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acosta’s hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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CNN filed suit against the Trump administration on Tuesday over the White House’s revocation of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials.

“We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process,” CNN said in a statement. “While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”

At a post-midterms press conference last week at the White House, Trump berated Acosta for asking questions. “You are a very rude person,” Trump told Acosta. Later, the White House released what appeared to be a doctored video claiming to show Acosta getting physical with a White House press intern who attempted to take the microphone away from Acosta during his questioning.

The White House Correspondents’ Association said it supports CNN’s legal effort against the Trump administration.

“The President of the United States should not be in the business of arbitrarily picking the men and women who cover him,” the group’s president, Olivier Knox, said in a statement.

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President Trump on Friday claimed he doesn’t know the man he tapped as acting attorney general, continued to berate reporters, and complimented former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “taste.”

And that’s not all. Here are the most noteworthy comments Trump made to White House reporters before departing for Paris for an event commemorating World War I.

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