CNN is accusing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of posting a doctored video clip of CNN reporter Jim Acosta assaulting a female White House intern at President Donald Trump’s press conference Wednesday. CNN Vice President for Communications Matt Dornic wrote on Twitter to Sanders, “You manipulated this video. The lies never end.”
Acosta was suspended from covering the White House Wednesday evening by Sanders over the assault.
Images show Acosta hacking the intern’s arm with enough force to push her arm down and knock her off balance.
Sanders later posted a video clip with zoom images of Acosta hacking the arm of a young female White House intern as she tried to take the microphone from Acosta to pass on to another reporter. Acosta hit the woman with enough force to briefly knock her off balance.
Video posted by Sanders:
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
— Kayleigh McEnany 45 Archived (@PressSec45) November 8, 2018
Dornic’s accusatory response.
You manipulated this video. The lies never end. Here’s the actual video. pic.twitter.com/pdVWbDOKTI
— Matt Dornic (@mdornic) November 8, 2018
CNN’s Brian Stelter accused Sanders of using an Infowars video clip, “Question for
@PressSec: Where’d you obtain the distorted @Acosta video you posted? InfoWars personality @PrisonPlanet posted the same video two hours before you did. Surely you don’t trust InfoWars…?”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 8, 2018
Stelter also retweeted an accusation that Sanders posted a doctored video, “This video is doctored. It’s slowed down and then sped up at the moment Acosta’s hand comes down to make it look like he’s doing a karate chop or something. This is shameful propaganda. It’s Orwellian.”
Speaking of Orwellian, CNN’s Khalil Abdallah posted images he took of the incident to defend Acosta, but did not include images of Acosta’s karate type chop of the intern’s arm.
— Khalil Abdallah (@abdallahcnn) November 8, 2018
Yossi Gestetner posted a close up video clip to refute Abdallah. In the Gestetner video one can see Acosta hack the intern’s arm with enough force to push her arm down and knock her off balance.
If this was a basketball game and the intern was a referee trying to get the ball from Acosta, Acosta would have been ejected on a technical foul for assaulting the ref.