Trump Says Jim Acosta Video ‘Wasn’t Doctored’

Irene MckinneyNov 10, 2018

The White House originally claimed that Acosta placed his hands on an intern who tried to take a microphone from him. There are those saying this was definitely doctored (the AP) and those saying it definitely was not (Vice) and several people in between saying this doesn't appear to be doctored but does have a couple extra frames along with framerate, compression, and other issues that made it look different than the original C-Span clip. It's a very special place.

Looking back at Acosta, Trump added: "The way you treat [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee is terrible, and the way you treat other people is disgusting".

Hany Farid, who studies digital forensics, human perception, and image analysis at the University of California, Berkeley, told Motherboard that he does not think the video was doctored. He added that the shared video is just "a close-up".

This development prompted Donald Trump to insist that the video was merely a close-up and "was not doctored". But others say the CNN reporter should have just handed it over. "That's not doctoring", Trump later said.

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them", the president said to Acosta.

The White House Correspondents' Association said it "strongly objects to the Trump administration's decision to use U.S. Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a hard relationship".

Despite losing his White House pass, and the ability to travel with Trump and the rest of the press corps on Air Force One, Acosta went to Paris to cover Trump's meeting with world leaders this weekend.

Cooper offered no pushback on Acosta's blatant lie. "He does that with everybody". She then cited CNN's Suzanne Malveaux following a group of women who yelled at outgoing Arizona Sen. He's a very unprofessional guy. Whether it was with me or Ronald Reagan, he would have done the same thing.

During the tense exchange, Trump told Acosta, "Honestly I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much higher".

That was a reference to the intern's efforts to wrest the microphone away from Acosta, which he successfully resisted, and Sanders' tweeted statement was accompanied by a video purporting to show the reporter aggressively swatting the intern's arm away. "The video is clear, he did", the statement said. "He did", she wrote. Interesting sentence in wire service account:

While the origin of the manipulated video is unclear, its distribution marked a new low for an administration that has been criticized for its willingness to mislead.
On Wednesday, the Trump administration suspended Acosta's press credentials after he refused to give up the mic, physically pushing off a young female aide who, doing her job, was trying to grab the mic from him after he asked three questions.

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