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Video Retweeted by White House Appears Manipulated, Producer Says

The White House suspended CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass after his interaction with an intern trying to take a microphone away from him. But a production expert says a video of the incident tweeted by the White House appears to have been doctored. The White House suspended CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass after his interaction with an intern trying to take a microphone away from him. But a production expert says a video of the incident tweeted by the White House appears to have been doctored. |  Photo: ABC News

From Associated Press reports
Created: November 08, 2018 03:28 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - An independent video producer tells The Associated Press a video tweeted by the White House on an interaction between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and a White House intern appears to have been manipulated to make the reporter's actions look more aggressive.

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Abba Shapiro did a side-by-side and frame-by-frame analysis of AP's video from President Donald Trump's contentious news conference Wednesday and the version spread on Twitter by Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders' tweet was retweeted by the official White House account.

Shapiro says that when Acosta's hand touches the intern's arm as she reaches for his microphone, the action speeds up in the apparently altered video to accentuate his movement. Earlier in the video, Shapiro notices three frames that were frozen to slow down the action. This, Shapiro says, enables the manipulated video to run the same length as the original.

Sanders has not confirmed the source of the video she tweeted.

The White House suspended Acosta's press pass after he and Trump had a heated confrontation during the news conference.

They began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, "That's enough!" and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.

Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern," calling it "absolutely unacceptable."

The interaction between Acosta and the intern was brief, and Acosta appeared to brush her arm as she reached for the microphone and he tried to hold onto it. Acosta tweeted that Sanders' statement was "a lie."

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