Sarah Huckabee Sanders is under fire for sharing an allegedly doctored video of the heated White House exchange that led to CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials being revoked.
Following the incident, the White House press secretary justified the decision by falsely claiming that Acosta had “put hands on” a female White House intern as she tried to take the microphone away from him. Acosta has denied this on Twitter writing, “This is a lie.”
In her statement, Sanders said: “President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”
She went on to share the allegedly altered video, which repeatedly shows the moment Acosta and the White House intern came into contact with each other.
Unlike raw footage of the incident, the video contains no audio and replays a slow motion version of the incident.
As some Twitter users have pointed out, the speed of the footage also seems to have been altered, making the moment Acosta’s hand briefly came in contact with the intern’s arm appear more aggressive than it does in the unedited footage that has been shared by numerous media outlets, including CNN.
As New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman pointed out on social media, in the raw footage, Acosta can also be heard saying, “Pardon me, ma’am,” after the contact occurred.
“We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass,” Sanders wrote alongside the clip. “We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.”
She stood by the decision again on Thursday, according to a pool report, telling reporters, “The question is: did the reporter make contact or not? The video is clear, he did. We stand by our statement.”
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
President Trump to Jim @Acosta: “You should let me run the country. You run CNN.”
“That’s enough. Put down the mic. CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude terrible person.” pic.twitter.com/GR9TIbKUok
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 7, 2018https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
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Numerous Twitter users also pointed out that the video appeared to have been shared online earlier by an editor at Infowars, a website that has trafficked in conspiracy theories on various topics over the years, including the Sandy Hook massacre.
The Infowars editor has since denied that the video has been doctored, arguing that, “I merely zoomed in.”
Question for @PressSec: Where’d you obtain the distorted @Acosta video you posted? InfoWars personality @PrisonPlanet posted the same video two hours before you did. Surely you don’t trust InfoWars…?
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 8, …read more