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It does not add up at the moment.

We’re not talking about why they should, or should not. (One man’s humble opinion: They should.)

We’re talking about if they will, or will not, and why so many people think they won’t.

If the Cardinals are truly out on the notion of pursuing superstar free agent Bryce Harper, as it has been reported, would it not make sense to send up some sort of flare?

Think about it.

There are multiple teams pondering the Harper market at the moment. Nearly every one of those teams is going to feel uncomfortable in such deep waters when it comes to the cost and duration of the contract Harper and super agent Scott Boras hope to hook. If the Cardinals are one of those teams that sees more risk than reward on the radar, why are they determined to remain in the mix?

Here’s why I ask: If there is one fan base that is likely to be more agitated by another seemingly close second-place finish on a premier free agent than an early and public pivot to other avenues of improvement, is it not Cardinals fans? The Cardinals no longer get participation points for close misses. Close misses have become the Achilles’ heel to their offseasons.

There is a belief by some that the pragmatic Cardinals simply will not go long enough or big enough to buy Harper. There’s even a headline: “Cardinals’ plans do not include Harper,” read the title of a Ken Rosenthal column at The Athletic earlier this month. Here is a chance to focus the attention elsewhere. The Cardinals have essentially been offered an out.

Yet they keep talking like they might be in.

“I would characterize it as, there is a lot of open-mindedness as we enter this offseason, and we just want to explore all of our opportunities,” Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Monday morning, after the Cardinals debuted new throwback uniforms.

“These kind of questions are a little awkward to answer, because it’s obviously one-player specific,” Mozeliak said when asked about going above and beyond on a mega contract for a player like Harper. “For us, as I said, we are going to be open-minded as we look at how to make this club better. Certainly, there is a long view and a short view. We will decide which is the best for us.”

Specifically, Mozeliak was asked if he had thoughts on the Cardinals being written off as players for any player at this point.

“Again, whatever rumors that are out there are just that,” Mozeliak said.

When it comes to predicting where a star free agent will land, it’s always easier to predict where he won’t. And it’s true the Cardinals don’t have the best history of success in this department. The picture will grow clearer at next month’s winter meetings.

On Monday, it seemed premature to cut Harper out of that picture.

CNN host Brian Stelter reports that the White House may once again revoke White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credential after a judge ruled to reinstate the “hard pass” last week. The network has asked for an emergency hearing in response to the threat.
“Friday’s court ruling means that a temporary restraining order is in effect for 14 days. But W.H. officials sent Acosta a letter stating that his press pass is set to be suspended again once the restraining order expires,” Stelter tweeted late Sunday.

In a statement shared through Stelter, CNN said suspending Acosta threatens “all journalists and news organizations.”

“The White House is continuing to violate the First and 5th Amendments of the Constitution,” the statement reads. “These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President.”

CNN has requested an “emergency” hearing in response to the White House’s warning.

Breitbart News reported on Friday that a judge granted CNN a 14-day temporary injunction regarding Acosta’s pass to expire November 30.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, citing the legal precedent from the 1977 D.C. Circuit Court case, Sherrill v. H. Knight, said the White House did not provide Acosta “due process” in revoking the pass. Kelly, a Trump appointee, made clear that the ruling was not based on whether the White House violated Acosta’s First Amendment rights. Rather, CNN and the White House correspondent demonstrated a likelihood of success in arguing that their Fifth Amendment rights to due process were breached, the judge said.

Further, the judge stated the fact that CNN has other pass holders does not reduce the level of “harm” towards the network’s White House correspondent. The judge also remarked on Acosta “laying hands” on a White House intern, calling the characterization “likely untrue” and “partly based on evidence of questionable accuracy.”

Reacting to the ruling, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced it would “temporarily” reinstate the CNN reporter’s credentials and said the administration would come up with new rules to better the decorum during the briefings.

“Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House,” said Sanders. “In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future.”

In an interview that aired Sunday, President Trump told Fox News host Chris Wallace that Kelly’s ruling was not a “big deal” and warned Acosta’s pass would be revoked if he “misbehaves” once more.

CNN commentator Carl Bernstein said on air Sunday that media outlets should not air President Trump’s full press events but should, instead, show edited portions to viewers.

“I also think because of Trump’s lying, and his conduct in the presidency, which is so different than anything we’ve ever seen, we need to start thinking of a different way to cover his press conferences and briefings,” Carl Bernstein told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources.

He continued, “For instance, I don’t think we should be taking them live all the time and just pasting them up on the air because they’re basically propagandist exercises because they are overwhelmed by his dishonesty and lying.”

Bernstein said:

So how could we cover them differently? Maybe we should be there, edit, decide as reporters what is news, and after the press conference or briefing is over, then go with that story with clips, rather than treating the briefing or press conference as a campaign event, which they really are.

“We need to start treating it like a news event,” he also said, adding:

And look, in cable, we have websites. We can put up the total press conference on our website so that everybody has the chance to see it, or the briefing, and we ought to, and it’s a matter of record, and we can be the place of record so everybody can see every word if they want it.

“But we need to start editing. We need to say, ‘Here’s the story,’ not just give him a microphone when we know his methodology is to engage and manipulate us on the basis of lying, propaganda, and agitprop.”

Bernstein himself was targeted by President Trump in August for his role in a shady, possibly false report about Michael Cohen and Trump’s knowledge of a meeting with Russians in Trump Tower.