Article by Bryan Howard
November 20, 2018
The White House has released their new rules of decor for reporters during White House press conferences. This comes after Jim Acosta refused to hand over a microphone and nudged a young female intern. After Acosta had his hard pass removed he and CNN sued and got it back for 14 days. The White House announced they will be removing his pass when his 14 days runs up due to his unacceptable actions.
The new rules given by the White House are nothing new but establishing the unwritten rules of the press conference.
The White House established these new rules for decor in the White House Press conferences moving forward.
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.