by Axios | 11.8.18
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shared an allegedly doctored video on Twitter Wednesday while announcing the suspension of CNN's Jim Acosta over the microphone-grab incident with a White House staffer.
Between the lines: It’s possible the White House and Sanders didn’t realize it was doctored footage when sharing the video — and thought it was just edited to show the exchange in slow motion. But it's clear that the edits editorialize the incident to make Acosta look more aggressive.
Details: The White House is arguing that Acosta inappropriately placed his hand on the young woman who tried to take the microphone from him after President Trump told him to stop asking a question. The video tweeted by Sanders used an edited video, while raw video of the incident shows the intern reaching for his microphone and their arms crossing, followed by Acosta politely saying, "Pardon me ma'am."
Our thought bubble: It's been part of the White House’s communication strategy to bend reality when criticized. The White House and its surrogates quickly tweet out their point of view, relying on right-wing outlets and personalities to provide viral memes or video to accompany it in order to help their arguments go viral.
The raw video of the incident:
The video tweeted 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
A side-by-side comparison of the videos, via Slate's Aymann Ismail:
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
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