White House pulls press pass from CNN contributor who yelled at Gorka in Rose Garden

White House pulls press pass from CNN contributor who yelled at Gorka in Rose Garden

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CNN and Playboy contributor Brian Karem has been barred from the White House, his press pass suspended for a month.

Karem became the subject of news last month when he taunted Gorka in the Rose Garden, announced his temporary banishment on Twitter Friday: “Received an email today shortly before 5 p.m. from the WH: as of Monday afternoon my press pass is suspended for 30 days.”

“Yes, I can and will appeal this decision,” Karem added.

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CNN reported that the White House cited Karem’s behavior at the July 11 White House social media summit. While waiting for a presidential press conference following the summit, Karem and Gorka got into a shouting match after Karem described the summit attendees as “group of people that are eager for demonic possession.”

“You’re a journalist, right?” Gorka shouted from a distance.

“C’mon over here and talk to me, brother,” Karem responded. “We can go outside and have a long conversation.”

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Gorka, a former White House aide, then asked Karem if he was “threatening” him in the Rose Garden.

“You’re a punk, you’re not a journalist, you’re a punk,” Gorka yelled at Karem.

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Gorka, a former aide to President Trump, was quick to rejoice over the decision and effused, “Thank you @realDonaldTrump, thank you @PressSec. On behalf of Americans who’ve had enough of FakeNews punks like @BrianKarem … ”

Karem and Playboy said they would appeal the decision.

Karem’s suspension is not the first for a CNN-linked journalist covering the White House. In November last year, the Trump administration pulled CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass, accusing him of “placing his hands” on a female White House intern who tried to wrestle a microphone away from him as he was haranguing Trump.

Acosta denied the accusations, while CNN argued that the suspension was nothing more than a push-back against “challenging questions” asked by their reporter. Acosta’s pass was subsequently reinstated by a federal court.