White House appears to share Jim Acosta mic grab video doctored by far-right Infowars

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  • White House Press Secretary is accused of sharing a
    doctored video of CNN’s Jim Acosta from far-right outlet
    Infowars.
  • A White House intern tried to take Acosta’s microphone
    away when Trump dodged Acosta’s questions on Wednesday, and the
    White House alleges that Acosta put his hands on her.
  • Sanders is accused of sharing a video that slows down
    the intern’s approach and speeds up Acosta’s movements to make the
    moment appear more violent.
  • Acosta calls the accusation that he put his hands on
    the intern a “lie.” 

The White House is accused of using a video of CNN’s Jim Acosta
doctored by far-right outlet Infowars as justification for
suspending the journalist’s press pass.

Trump clashed with Acosta at a press conference in the White
House on Wednesday when a White House intern walked up and tried to
take his microphone away. Acosta held on and kept trying to
question Trump. 

Read More: The
moment a White House intern confronted CNN correspondent Jim Acosta
during a tense exchange with Trump, in 3 photos

At one point, the intern puts her arm underneath Acosta’s to try
and grab the microphone, and he pushed his arm down. Here is the
moment as broadcast live on NBC:

BREAKING: President Trump, CNN Correspondent
Jim Acosta and @NBCNews
Correspondent @PeterAlexander
engage in tense exchanges in post-election news conference.
pic.twitter.com/WUlXemGn7y

— NBC News (@NBCNews)
November 7, 2018

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been
accused of sharing a doctored version of the video, which slows
down the intern’s approach and speeds up Acosta’s arm movement,
making the moment appear more violent.

Here is the video shared by Sanders:

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

What appears to be the same video was shared two hours earlier
by Paul Joseph Watson, the editor-at-large of Infowars.com, a
far-right outlet whose content has been banned from almost every
major tech outlet
including Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube for spreading
conspiracy theories.

“He never once touched her.”

That is a complete lie. He clearly did.

Is whatever you’re paid by CNN really worth making a total fool out
of yourself for the world to see? pic.twitter.com/vgDynDQWJf

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet)
November 8, 2018

CNN journalist Brian
Stelter asked Sanders
for the source of the “distorted” video
on Twitter. ” Surely you don’t trust InfoWars…?” he asked.

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, 2018

Other Twitter users said that you could see that Sanders’ video
had been doctored when compared to other videos at different
speeds. 

Further analysis: video is absolutely
doctored. You can see the edit when the clips are side by side and
slowed down to quarter speed. See for yourself: pic.twitter.com/4ZZrzhislg

— Aymann Ismail (@aymanndotcom)
November 8, 2018

Sanders used footage from the event to justify revoking Acosta’s
press pass. She said on
Twitter that the White House
would “never tolerate a reporter
placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a
White House intern.”

In response, Acosta said that Sanders’ statement was “a
lie.”

This is a lie. https://t.co/FastFfWych

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta)
November 8, 2018

Acosta told
CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday
 that he did not “put my
hands on her or touch her as they’re alleging.”

“It’s unfortunate the White House is saying this,” he said. “I
think I handled myself professionally.”

Acosta had been repeatedly challenging the president’s
characterization of a Central American migrant caravan as an
invasion, and asking questions about the Russia investigation.

The
White House Press Association condemned the White House’s
decision
, saying that it should “immediately reverse this weak
and misguided action.” 


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White House appears to share Jim Acosta mic grab video doctored by far-right Infowars