In 2018 the Trump administration took away CNN's Jim Acosta's White House press pass, an unprecedented act. While a judge eventually ruled that Acosta's press credential had to be reinstated, another journalist, Brian Karem, had his revoked in summer 2019. Chris Cillizza explains what a "hard pass" stands for — and why taking one away is such a big deal.
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