‘Then they don’t have any air time’: Trump warns he’ll turn off cameras facing reporters in press conferences as part of his ‘new rules’ for media in wake of CNN’s Jim Acosta regaining his press pass

Sunday, November 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

President Donald Trump said he would turn off cameras facing reporters so they don’t get any air time as part of his new rules for the media
The White House is threatening tighter regulations on the press
It’s unclear if the president meant cameras in press conferences in the White House or in the press briefings in the West Wing
The networks control the TV cameras but the White House could limit the number of camera positions, which would cut down on shots of reporters
White House denied Acosta access and confiscated his ‘hard pass’ after press-conference shouting match with Trump and tussle over a mic
CNN sued on Tuesday on First Amendment grounds, claimed Acosta was denied a Fifth Amendment right to due process
A judge ordered Acosta’s hard pass returned to him
Acosta returned to the White House hours later, and Trump warned that it was just a temporary setback, telling reporters to ‘behave’ in press conferences
He told Fox News in a televised interview that he would throw Acosta out of future press conferences ‘if he misbehaves’
Also threatened to abruptlly walk out of Q&A events if Acosta hassles him

18 November 2018

President Donald Trump is threatening to turn off the cameras that face reporters as part of his new rules and regulations for the conduct of the media in the wake of CNN reporter Jim Acosta losing and then regaining his White House hard pass.

‘We’ll do is maybe turn the camera off that faces them because then they don’t have any air time, although I’ll probably be sued for that and maybe, you know, win or lose it, who knows. I mean, with with this stuff you never know what’s going to happen,’ Trump said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’

It was unclear if the president was referring to the cameras in press conferences in the White House or cameras that face the press corps in press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ briefings.

Fox News host Chris Wallace asked the president why he calls on Acosta, with whom the president has had a contentious relationship with.

‘Why did you call on Acosta in the first place? I mean, it seems to me there’s a simple solution here, just don’t call on him,’ Wallace said.

‘Actually I like to do it, but in many cases I don’t. He’ll stand up, he’s unbelievably rude to Sarah Huckabee, who’s a wonderful woman, unbelievably rude and I see that and I actually ask her the same. Why do you call on these people that are so nasty?,’ Trump said.

It was then the president threatened to turn off the cameras facing reporters but it was unclear in what setting he was referring to – inside the White House or inside the press briefing room, which sits in the West Wing area adjacent to the residence.

Those cameras, which provide what are called ‘cuts,’ show the reporters questioning officials in briefings and press conferences.

The television cameras are controlled by the networks.

While it would be hard for the administration to control what cameras are on in Sanders’ briefings, where all the TV networks have cameras, the White House could limit the number of cameras allowed in the East Room for press conferences with the president.

The White House could also simply nix those ‘cut away’ camera positions in press conferences, meaning the only cameras allowed would be the ones focused on Trump.

The president also defended his attacks on the ‘fake media.’

‘I don’t mind getting bad news if I’m wrong. If I do something wrong,’ he said.

‘I’m totally in favor of the media, I’m totally in favor of free press, got to be fair press,’ he noted.

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