After press credentials for CNN’s Jim Acosta were revoked, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been accused of sharing a doctored video of Acosta’s interaction with a White House intern that resulted in the revocation. CNN executive Dornic and NYT’s Haberman allege that the video sped up Acosta’s arm motion to appear more aggressive. Sanders says what’s important is that Acosta made contact. Media outlets have accused Sanders of sharing the video from Paul Joseph Watson, an Infowars contributor.
- Does this video look ‘doctored’?
- Was Jim Acosta over the line regardless of the mic interaction?
- Was this inappropriate physical contact regardless of the speed of the ‘chop’?
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been accused of sharing a “doctored” video of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s interaction with a White House intern that resulted in the reporter’s press pass being revoked.
Acosta’s press pass to access the White House was suspended “until further notice” Wednesday, hours after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with President Trump. A White House intern attempted to retrieve the microphone from Acosta, but the CNN reporter resisted and asked an additional question – and that’s where things get cloudy.
Sanders said the suspension of his press credentials stemmed from his “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” She called the behavior “absolutely unacceptable.”
But many high-profile media members, including The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and CNN executive Matt Dornic, have accused Sanders of using a doctored video speeding up Acosta’s arm motion, as evidence.
“We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video,” Sanders tweeted to accompany the allegedly doctored video.