Playboy correspondent suing White House for suspending press pass: 'I am provocative, and I am a smart aleck'

Playboy correspondent suing White House for suspending press pass: 'I am provocative, and I am a smart aleck'
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Playboy correspondent Brian Karem, who is suing the White House for suspending his press pass, said Sunday that he is “provocative,” but argued that Trump administration officials had no reason to suspend his credentials.

CNN's Brian Stelter questioned Karem about his involvement in an argument with former White House advisor Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaPirro acknowledges suspension by Fox Judge orders White House to restore Playboy reporter's press pass Playboy correspondent suing White House for suspending press pass: 'I am provocative, and I am a smart aleck' MORE in the Rose Garden this summer, saying on "Reliable Sources" that Karem’s conduct seemed like “unprofessional.”

“You cannot sanction actions by one and then make okay the actions of the other,” Karem, who is also a CNN political analyst, responded, saying that he "made a joke that got a laugh” in the leadup to his confrontation with Gorka.

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“I am provocative, and I am a smart-aleck, but I’m not going to apologize for that. That’s okay, under the First Amendment. There have been far worse altercations [that] occurred in the Rose Garden by members of the press,” Karem added.

White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser marred by protests Trump names finalists for national security adviser MORE announced in August that Karem’s hard pass would be suspended through Sept. 14.

“In my judgment, a permanent revocation would be too great a punishment for the conduct involved here,” Grisham wrote at the time. “Taking no action, on the other hand, would be insufficient to deter Mr. Karem and other members of the press from disrupting White House events.”

"The White House press secretary’s arbitrary decision to suspend Brian Karem’s hard pass press credential violates the First Amendment and due process and is yet another example of this administration’s unconstitutional campaign to punish reporters and press coverage that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE doesn’t like," Ted Boutros, Karem’s attorney, said on Sunday during a CNN appearance.