The White House on Wednesday, 7 November, suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.
Hours after the suspension, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a video from the press conference, claiming that the reason behind Acosta’s suspension was that he “behaved inappropriately” with an intern. She also said that the incident was “clearly documented” in the video she shared.
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, 2018
Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern," calling it "absolutely unacceptable."
YOU SHOULD READ ON BECAUSE...
The video tweeted out by Sanders is a doctored/manipulated video of the original.
Here’s the original clip of the incident, tweeted out by CNN’s Matt Dornic:
You manipulated this video. The lies never end. Here’s the actual video. pic.twitter.com/pdVWbDOKTI— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) November 8, 2018
As seen in the original, the intern is trying the take the mic away from Acosta – and the journalist refuses to budge. He even says, “Pardon me, Ma’am,” after refusing to give away the mic.
Acosta responded to Sanders’s statement by tweeting that her claim was a “lie.”
You can watch the exchange between Trump and Acosta at the conference here.
THE BUZZ ON TWITTER
From the cameraperson who shot the video to video editors, support poured in for Acosta.
1) Took @PressSec Sarah Sanders' video of briefing— Rafael Shimunov ? (@rafaelshimunov) November 8, 2018
2) Tinted red and made transparent over CSPAN video
3) Red motion is when they doctored video speed
4) Sped up to make Jim Acosta's motion look like a chop
5) I've edited video for 15+ years
6) The White House doctored it pic.twitter.com/q6arkYSx0V
Americans also demanded that Sanders be fired for uploading a doctored video.
The WH video has been doctored. Anyone who works with video can see that. The live feed, by contrast, has not been doctored. It's the same as it was when it was live. Welcome to a world where the US govt. puts out doctored videos to promote a false narrative. Wow.— Mark Taylor-Batty (@cupofassam) November 8, 2018
This doctored video shared by @PressSec is not to be ignored or forgotten. @PressSec is to be fired immediately, together with that aggressive & insolent staffer. Also @Acosta should pursue legal action for slander. #SarahDidit #FirePressSecNow pic.twitter.com/qx3YnB7dmG— Michelangelo (@_Michelangelo__) November 8, 2018
Acosta asked Trump why the caravan of migrants was emphasised as an issue in the just-concluded midterm races, and he questioned Trump's reference to the caravan as an invasion.
“You should let me run the country,” Trump said. “You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”
After Acosta asked about the investigation of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, Trump tried to turn to another reporter, but Acosta continued to ask questions.
"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them," the president said to Acosta. "You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn't be working for CNN. The way you treat Sarah Huckabee (Sanders) is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn't treat people that way."
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