Did White House Press Secretary post a doctored video on Twitter?

Leroy Wright
November 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump slammed another CNN reporter on Friday, this time Abby Phillip, an African American woman, for asking what he said was "a stupid question".

Video footages obtained from the news conference, and broadcast by various media houses, clearly shows a physical contact between Mr. Acosta and the intern when she tries to grab the microphone, while he resists.

"I hope I'm not mistaken, but it's my understanding that CNN and Acosta have sued, that there will be a court hearing on Tuesday on this very matter that we've been discussing", Donaldson said.

"The lack of a call to action may have something do with the fact that Mr. Acosta is a somewhat polarizing figure, viewed by some of his press corps colleagues as a showboat".

Former ABC White House correspondent Sam Donaldson said Sunday that CNN has sued the Trump administration - and that he has been asked to submit an affidavit - although the cable network said no decision has been reached.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders then came under fire for sharing a "doctored" video of the incident on Twitter as "evidence" of Acosta's behaviour.

"It's completely fair game for a politician to say he doesn't think a newspaper or a TV station treats him fairly". But Trump's action appears to be unprecedented; there's no record of a president revoking such a pass from a reporter because he didn't like the questions the reporter asked.

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

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The suspension of a reporter's pass is named a Secret Service "hard pass". The video shared by the White House was an edited version of an original documentation of the event.

Journalists have been widely supportive of Acosta since Trump pushed him out last week.

Mar 5, 2018. Earlier this year, Acosta complained that Sanders didn't give him enough opportunities to ask questions.

"They don't need to cover a man who is picking fights with them for the objective of turning out his base", [the Democratic strategist] said.

When the White House accused one of your peers of "placing his hands" on a White House intern, how did you react? .

The White House is standing its ground, and, in a statement on Thursday, Sanders said that she stands by her previous position. "When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me". As pointed out by If Not Now (dot org) Creative Director Rafael Shimunov, the video appeared first in the Twitter feed of P.J. Watson, then was uploaded independently, (notably not retweeted, but uploaded to a Tweet, ) to @PressSec, the official Twitter account of the White House press secretary, currently Sarah Sanders.

The Washington Post's Deanna Paul contributed to this article.

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