Sarah Sanders accused of sharing doctored Infowars video to justify Acosta ban

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A White House staff member reaches for the microphone held by CNN's Jim Acosta as he questions US President Donald Trump during a news conference following Tuesday's midterm US congressional elections at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.

Video of the incident quickly appeared online. "Pardon me, ma'am", he said.

What appears to be the same video was shared two hours earlier by Paul Joseph Watson, the editor-at-large of Infowars.com, a far-right conspiracy outlet whose content has been barred from nearly every major tech content distributor, including Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube, generally for violating their policies on hate speech. You released a doctored video - actual fake news.

As of now, Sanders still hasn't removed the video of addressed the accusations that it is doctored. However, an analysis of the video by Storyful found that Sanders' video had been altered from the original footage.

Its report claims the video has several frames repeated.

"It was an internal decision", Gidley said. "Its not AI-generated or completely false". But few seemed to connect that physically threatening Tucker Carlson was a far greater assault on our freedom of press than Jim Acosta losing his White House credentials. "It doesn't matter who puts it up, who posts it, it doesn't matter the speed at which the video is seen, it doesn't matter the angle".

Acosta repeatedly presses Sanders in her rare briefings to clarify quotes and policy from the president. NBC News tweeted its own video of the encounter. "History will not be kind to you".

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"I came in here as a nice person wanting to answer questions, and I had people jumping out of their seats screaming questions at me", said Trump, who talked for almost 90 minutes despite the run-ins with reporters. The video is clear, he did. "A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere". "We know that manipulating images is manipulating truth".

"They are not only unsafe, they are disturbingly un-American", CNN tweeted after the exchange.

Looking back at Acosta, Trump added: "The way you treat [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee is disgusting, and the way you treat other people is awful".

The president and the reporter sparred at a press briefing Wednesday, culminating with a White House intern trying to pull the microphone away from Mr Acosta.

Ms Sanders took aim at the CNN correspondent after accusing him of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern".

John Legend then called Trump a "f**king embarrassment". On social media, it has quickly become an object of massive ideological division, in which the same scene is open to very different interpretations.

Despite obvious footage showing Acosta bringing his hand down on the intern's arm to block her from taking his microphone, CNN is standing by their man and doubling down on their attacks of the president. It has been viewed more than 1 million times.

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