The White House announced on Monday new rules for reporters during news conferences after the wild incident a few weeks ago with CNN’s Jim Acosta.
The list of rules details how reporters must act when asking the president and his administration officials questions, and warns that they could have their press credentials suspended if they violate any of the rules.
The White House detailed the following four new rules that all reporters must abide by at news conferences:
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.
The latest move comes after a federal judge ruled in favor of CNN last week and ordered the White House to restore Acosta’s press credentials and they were suspended.
Earlier this month, there was a serious incident.
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