Was Video of Reporter Jim Acosta Doctored to Look More Aggressive?

Lamar Ellis
November 14, 2018

Mr Acosta has had his White House media credentials withdrawn following a fiery row with Trump during a Presidential press conference yesterday. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a unsafe chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials".

Initially, the White House said Acosta placed his hands on an intern who attempted to take a microphone away from him.

The president said that the bad blood between him and the media was the fault of journalists showing insufficient deference.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent out this manipulated video on her official White House Twitter account late Wednesday night.

"It wasn't doctored", the president said.

The Associated Press got the video assessed by an independent video producer Abba Shapiro.

Aly Colon, a professor in journalism ethics at Washington & Lee University, told the AP: "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".

The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Washington DC district court. He quickly lashed out at CNN's Abby Phillip when she asked if the new interim Attorney General would try to rein in Robert Mueller's investigation.

Acosta asked very few actual questions during his exchange with Trump. "Honestly, I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN", Trump shot back. What a stupid question. [President Trump's] personal insults are nothing new. "And never surprising", CNN said.

"Things got uncomfortable when Acosta refused to turn over the microphone to an intern who reached out to remove it from him, and then stood up to continue his banter without the microphone", McBride and Tompkins said.

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Earlier this week Trump snapped at another African American woman, Yamiche Alcindor of PBS, and accused her of asking a "racist question". "Pardon me ma'am", he said. He gets paid to do that.

"But she's very nasty, and she shouldn't be".

Ryan became a CNN contributor past year.

But the video she was referring to, which was included in her tweet, didn't come directly from one of the many cameras that had been at the press conference. "This president seems not to like it, so therefore I'm a loser". Her question was about the widespread concerns that Trump's rhetoric emboldens white nationalists.

Shapiro noticed that to allow the sped-up video to have the same length as the original one, a series of frames in the White House video were frozen to make them last longer and slow down the action. But he said there could be others. It's a very special place. "You have to treat the presidency with respect".

"He should have apologized to that young aide", Conway said of Acosta.

Acosta's credentials were revoked on Thursday after a tense press conference on Wednesday, in which Trump dodged questions and lashed out at several journalists.

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