Chuck Todd rips 'absurd' White House rules: No serious journalist will follow these

NBC host Chuck Todd on Tuesday criticized the White House's new rules for reporters at presidential news conferences, calling them "absurd" and predicting that journalists won't follow them.

"These aren’t exactly pro first amendment rules. I assume there isn’t a single serious journalist in the WH press corps who would abide by these absurd 'rules.' Manners is one thing, but regulating follow ups is a form of censorship," he wrote in a tweet.


The White House announced the new rules on Monday after restoring the press credential of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. It had been revoked last week after he refused to give up the microphone earlier this month while attempting to ask Trump a question about the Russia investigation. 

The new rules include limiting journalists to asking one question and allowing follow-up questions only at the discretion of Trump or other White House officials answering questions.

In response, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) said in a statement Monday that the WHCA expects reporters to continue asking follow-up questions.

"The White House Correspondents' Association had no role in crafting any procedures for future press conferences. For as long as there have been White House press conferences, White House reporters have asked follow-up questions," WHCA President Olivier Knox said. "We fully expect this tradition will continue."