Playboy Reporter Brian Karem Wins Injunction Against White House To Restore His Press Pass

Mockarena, Co-Founder

According to this, the Playboy reporter who had a screaming match with Sebastian Gorka at the social media summit at the White House several weeks ago is going to get his press pass back.

If you missed the original altercation, here you go.

I think it’s pretty obvious from the video that Brian Karem is a complete douche. But your mileage may vary.

In any case, the White House suspended his press credentials for one month following that kerfuffle, with an expiration date of the suspension of September 14th. Brian sued, and his attorney, Theodore Boutrous, said it was a violation of the 1st Amendment’s protection of the freedom of the press.

Yesterday, Karem was granted a restraining order and preliminary injunction.

He tweeted this in response:

It should be fairly obvious to anyone looking at the photo why he gets into altercations with people.  I would never condone violence, but holy CRAP he looks like he’s almost begging to be punched.

I’m not seeing a response from Gorka at the time of this writing, but am assuming he’ll have one!

Initially, Press Sec’y Stephanie Grisham had released a statement that said while taking away Karem’s press pass permanently would have been too harsh a punishment, they needed to do SOMETHING about the fact that he’d been so disruptive at the event, and that’s how they landed on a one month suspension. However, the judge in the case said the complaint was “too vague” when it referred to Karem’s lack of professionalism, and said that events at the White House “appear to vary greatly in character” so he decided in favor of Karem.

Grisham responded:

‘We disagree with the decision of the district court to issue an injunction that essentially gives free reign to members of the press to engage in unprofessional, disruptive conduct at the White House. Mr. Karem’s conduct, including threatening to escalate a verbal confrontation into a physical one to the point that a Secret Service agent intervened, clearly breached well-understood norms of professional conduct. The Press Secretary must have the ability to deter such unacceptable conduct.’

I agree with her, for the record. If you can’t manage to behave with what basically any person with an Actual Brain knows is basic professionalism, then you shouldn’t be allowed access. It’s not rocket science.  And it’s not about freedom of the press.  Having freedom to report on news isn’t the same as having unfettered access to be a disruptive dickball.

Why is this distinction so hard for liberals?

I just answered my own question.  Never mind.


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