White House sped up video of jour­nal­ist, crit­ics say

Al­legedly edited footage shows CNN re­porter Acosta act­ing ag­gres­sively to­ward an in­tern

StarMetro Halifax - - CANADA & WORLD - Drew Har­well THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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. 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.

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