White House sped up video of journalist, critics say
Allegedly edited footage shows CNN reporter Acosta acting aggressively toward an intern
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FROM Ms. Denholm has served on Tesla’s board since 2014 but has fewer ties to Mr. Musk than most of the company’s directors. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday night shared a video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta that appeared to have been altered to make his actions at a news conference look more aggressive toward a White House intern.
The edited video looks authentic: Acosta appeared to swiftly chop down on the arm of an aide as he held onto a microphone while questioning U.S. President Donald Trump. But in the original video, Acosta’s arm appears to move only as a response to a tussle for the microphone. His statement, “Pardon me, ma’am,” is not included in the video Sanders shared. Critics said that video, which sped up the movement of Acosta’s arms in a way that dramatically changed the journalist’s response, was deceptively edited to score political points. That edited video was first shared by Paul Joseph Watson, known for his conspiracy-theory videos on the farright website Infowars.
Watson said he did not change the speed of the video and that claims he had altered it were a “brazen lie.” But sideby-side comparisons support claims from fact-checkers and experts such as Jonathan Albright, research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.
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Critics said the video sped up the movement of Acosta’s arms in a way that dramatically changed his intent, it’s an attempt by the right to score points. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES