Did Sarah Sanders post a doctored InfoWars video to justify CNN ban?


Conservatives cheered the administration's decision to bounce Acosta, who never misses an opportunity to attack the president.

Trump ended the exchange by insulting Acosta, calling him a "rude awful person", and saying that when CNN reports "fake news", they are the "enemy of the people". He was trying to reenter the White House grounds for a live shot on "Anderson Cooper 360" when he was stopped by Secret Service officers. "You have a president that does not live in a fact-based world a lot of the time and his tone was so aggressive, but you also have people in the press core that are constantly aching to make the headlines and to get those soundbites". In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied.

A White House staff member steps in to try to take the microphone away from Acosta.

"There's no evidence that the video was deliberately sped up - but the change in format, from a high-quality video to a low-quality GIF, turns the question of whether it was "doctored" into a semantic debate", BuzzFeed's Charlie Warzel reports.

But Ms Sanders later posted a video of the incident on Twitter, saying she stood by the decision to revoke Acosta's pass and the White House would "not tolerate the inappropriate behaviour clearly documented" in the footage. "She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened", it said, calling Acosta's questions the "real reason" he was punished and adding, "Jim Acosta has our full support".

CNN's Acosta is no Cronkite.

After Acosta asked about the investigation of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, Trump tried to turn to Alexander, but Acosta continued to ask questions. "Distract, make Jim Acosta the story and you don't have to talk about global warming, taxes for rich people", she added.

"I think he embarrassed himself", he said.

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"Pardon me, ma'am", Acosta quickly said.

The video above shows a comparison between the original moment released by ABC News, and the clip shared by the White House.

Trump, sarcastically, replied, "Thank you for telling me that, I appreciate it".

The White House News Photographers Association's president Whitney Shefte issued a statement expressing outrage that Sanders "may have shared a manipulated video".

Around 35-minutes into the meltdown, Trump got into a heated exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta.

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The White House Correspondents' Association released a statement Wednesday saying 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".