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Backlash surrounding Wednesday’s fiery press conference with President Trump continues. After CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press pass was revoked Tuesday evening, the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tweeted out what appears to be a doctored video to justify the decision.
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
The clip, which first appeared on a far-right conspiracy site, Infowars, shows Acosta making a more aggressive chopping motion toward a White House staffer than was actually the case.
Twitter, obviously, was not having it.
The White House defends itself with doctored video from Infowars. A(nother) new low: https://t.co/YWJCCLTrQX
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) November 8, 2018
This is really embarrassing! You are lying and using false video. You are the Fake News
— Anastasia Gallagher (@Gallastash) November 8, 2018
One user, who claimed to be a video editor, broke down the doctored clip alongside the original footage to help prove the point. And while some are calling for Sanders to resign, others think there should be legal consequences.
Libel, Sarah. This is going to get expensive for you.
— D-Nice-C (@cora_d_nice) November 8, 2018
It’s been 13 Hours since Sarah Sanders posted an edited video to her Twitter stream and pinned it to the very top
This video falsely makes it appear as if CNN’s Jim Acosta hit a White House Intern
Sanders has been notified that the video was edited and has done nothing
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) November 8, 2018
Acosta, who’s had quite the interesting 24 hours, also chimed in:
Don’t believe the lies coming from the WH. Believe in our freedoms. Thank you all for your support. We won’t back down. #1A
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2018
On Tuesday’s Anderson Cooper 360, Acosta spoke about the incident and the revocation of his press pass.
“It was a pretty surreal experience. I never thought in this country that I wouldn’t be able to go and cover the president of the United States simply because I was trying to ask a question,” Acosta said.
Check out Jim Acosta discussing his situation on Anderson Cooper 360:
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