The White House has temporarily suspended the pass of Playboy reporter, CNN political analyst, and occasional Jim Acosta wannabe Brian Karem:
>> @BrianKarem received a letter today saying his "hard pass" for White House access will be suspended for 30 days starting Monday. The letter cited his behavior in the Rose Garden on July 11, when he got into it with Seb Gorka. He says he will contest the suspension.
‚ÄĒ Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 2, 2019
Karem confirmed that on Twitter:
Received an email today shortly before 5 p.m. from the WH: as of Monday afternoon my press pass is suspended for 30 days.
‚ÄĒ Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) August 2, 2019
Yes. I can and will appeal this decision.
‚ÄĒ Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) August 3, 2019
And Playboy is on it too:
Suspension of credentialed press by the government is incredibly concerning. We are working with our lawyers to appeal the decision to suspend @briankarem. Since 1953, Playboy has fought to protect First Amendment rights, and the fight must continue today.
‚ÄĒ Playboy (@Playboy) August 3, 2019
However, because Karem didn‚Äôt tweet the reason the White House said it was suspending his hard pass for a month, here‚Äôs what unfolded in July:
Can you tell us what he says in this video to the Americans assembled there? https://t.co/cRQbb61Jtl
‚ÄĒ Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) August 3, 2019
Karem seemed to be more ‚Äúactivist‚ÄĚ than ‚Äújournalist‚ÄĚ here:
‚ÄĒ Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) July 12, 2019
Video for context
I don't care who's in the White House, no member of the press corps should insult invited guests of the Presidenthttps://t.co/rG0MTz9nPr
‚ÄĒ Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) August 3, 2019
Karem said everyone there was ‚Äúeager for demonic possession‚ÄĚ and then challenged Gorka to a fight. Stop trying to play the victim. It‚Äôs not going to work. pic.twitter.com/xqVCgW6Gf7
‚ÄĒ Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) July 12, 2019
We‚Äôll now wait to see what happens with Karem‚Äôs appeal.
‚ÄĒ NewsBusters (@newsbusters) August 3, 2019
WHY is Brian the only one surprised by this move? https://t.co/eFlvLTM0lG
‚ÄĒ Sandy (@RightGlockMom) August 3, 2019
Earned! You built this! https://t.co/xp1IiEbQSd
‚ÄĒ Terry O' (@IrishTea1) August 3, 2019
‚ÄĒ Storm Paglia ?? (@storm_paglia) August 2, 2019
Karem proved his ‚Äúactivist‚ÄĚ status last month.