White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been accused of sharing a doctored video to defend the administration’s decision to revoke the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
When a White House intern attempted to take the microphone from Acosta three times, he held onto it and continued questioning Trump. During the intern’s final attempt, as she tried to pull the microphone away, Acosta’s hand appeared to briefly brush her arm.
“Pardon me, ma’am,” Acosta quickly said.
Here is a video of the interaction for the world to see: pic.twitter.com/us8u5TWzDz
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 8, 2018
However, the footage Sanders shared was missing the audio, zoomed in and repeated. Critics on social media said the speed of the footage was altered as well.
Sanders did not disclose where she obtained the video.
Several Twitter users noted that the same video was shared hours earlier by a personality from Infowars, the Alex Jones outlet banned from many social media sites for abusive behavior:
This subtle edit of the Acosta video – his arm sped up ever so slightly, to amp up the conflict – now has thousands of retweets and hundreds of thousands of views. Video, once the end-all central validator, is becoming as vulnerable to politicized distortion as everything else https://t.co/rsYkn6u8pz
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) November 8, 2018
Trump’s press secretary, who frequently calls accurate but critical reporting “fake,” is sharing doctored video produced by InfoWars, a lunatic conspiracy theory outlet who has falsely claimed that the Sandy Hook massacre was faked & that John Kerry shot a hurricane with a laser
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) November 8, 2018
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 8, 2018
This video is doctored. It's slowed down and then sped up at the moment Acosta's hand comes down to make it look like he's doing a karate chop or something. This is shameful propaganda. It's Orwellian. https://t.co/in8m3iHn18
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) November 8, 2018
lol, the edited video press sec tweted was lifted from InfoWars' paul joseph watson pic.twitter.com/D3Y6EoJUn7
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) November 8, 2018
Twitter must answer for why they allowed White House usage of hate-speech purveyor InfoWars doctored video about @acosta. If Twitter were consistent, amplifiers of hate would be banned. https://t.co/fYpAckmvQX
— David Beard (@dabeard) November 8, 2018