Key Words: AT&T CEO says White House’s handling of CNN’s Acosta appears to violate free-press protections

AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson fired back at the White House over its decision to suspend the press credentials of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, charging that the administration had ignored established procedures in a way that appears to violate press-freedom protections.

CNN did more, filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration Tuesday morning in D.C. district court. The suit seeks an immediate restraining order that requires the press pass to be returned to Acosta, citing both a violation of First Amendment rights of freedom of the press and a Fifth Amendment right to due process.

AT&T T, -0.26% , of course, owns CNN after its roughly $81 billion purchase of Time Warner closed earlier this year.

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