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White House Tweets Doctored Video
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There is no love lost, as they say, between President Trump and CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta. Now, Acosta has been suspended from the White House because of what Press Secretary Sarah Sanders described as “a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

 

However, Sanders posted a video that Storyful compared to C-SPAN’s, and a different story emerges. In the C-SPAN version, Acosta’s hand inadvertently touches the intern’s arm. The White House version omits three frames, misleading viewers to see more aggressive touching—a “chop.”

 

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A Wall Street Journal article and a Wired report show the videos frame by frame, side by side.

 

CNN posted that the news organization stands by Acosta, and Sanders tweeted that the White House stands by its decision.

 

Discussion:

 

  • One theory is that the White House obtained the doctored video from InfoWars, a conservative news organization. If this is true, should the White House staff have done a better job vetting the source?
  • Assuming the White House didn’t know the video was edited, what should they do or say now?
  • Analyze the unedited video. What, if any, responsibility does Acosta have for the incident?
  • #MicrophoneMeghan is trending. Who’s responsible for the (probably) unwanted attention?
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