Did White House share doctored video of incident involving CNN reporter?

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

A White House intern tried to take the microphone from Acosta during a heated exchange between the reporter and President Donald Trump at a press conference on Wednesday, and the White House - with no evidence - accused Acosta of putting his hands on her. Ned Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council under President Barack Obama, said Trump's intention at the press conference was clearly to rile up his political base after his party lost control of the House in Tuesday's midterm elections.

However, Sunny Hostin of "The View" is putting all the blame on the White House intern, whose job it was to take the mic away from unruly reporters like Acosta. Video shows they may have touched.

Acosta shared a terse rebuttal to Sanders' claim, tweeting, "This is a lie".

Crucially, however the video appears to have been doctored.

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday.

The video replays the same sequence six times, with no sound.

In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, senior White House communications advisor Mercedes Schlapp insisted that the intern was "shaken up" and "intimidated" by Acosta and added "what we are seeing is bad behavior that can not be tolerated". "He held on to the microphone as she reached for it". Acosta's arm seems to move faster.

First, it's important to note the footage is a mere snippet of what happened.

"Obviously I don't think anybody should have-any young woman, particularly-should have somebody swiping away at them and grabbing the microphone back", she added.

A White House intern attempted to retrieve the microphone from Acosta, but the CNN reporter resisted and asked an additional question - and that's where things get cloudy.

"I understand", Alexander said, attempting to ask a question.

"The irony of this White House video involving Jim Acosta is that if it is found to be doctored, it will show the administration to be doing what it accuses the news media of doing - engaging in fake information", said Aly Colon, a professor in journalism ethics at Washington & Lee University. The audio, however, was cut from the video.

The revocation of Acosta's "hard pass" which provides access to the White House grounds is without any precedent in modern history.

The White House News Photographers Association's president Whitney Shefte issued a statement expressing outrage that Sanders "may have shared a manipulated video".

He also explained that he took the original footage directly from a GIF posted to the Twitter account of the website the Daily Wire. He denied efforts to speed up or distort the video.

It's also possible that any discrepancies pointed out on Twitter come from comparing Watson's video using the C-SPAN to the NBC version, which went viral yesterday. He wrote later that the effect could have been the result of the video being downloaded and shifted to a different frame rate, rather than due to malicious editing. "It's like buying a 24 karat ring to find it was 12 karats", Voshart said.

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