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

WOW! Trump BLOWS UP at Jim Acosta: 'You are a rude, terrible person'

Conservatives, Media Figures Clash Over Acosta's Behavior

Little comparison exists between the two incidents involving Presidents Obama and Trump referenced here, other than that they both resulted in an individual's being barred from a White House event.

The president clashed with Acosta after a series of questions about the migrant caravan, but the conversation became personal in a hurry. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better", Trump scolded Acosta.

The difference is, his fellow journalists everywhere didn't do a karate chop on a White House intern's arm as she tried to do her job. "Secret Service just informed me I can not enter the grounds for my 8 pm hit", Acosta tweeted Wednesday evening. "The White House announced tonight that it has revoked the press pass of CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta", said a company spokesman.

What do you think of this exchange?

"The White House should immediately reinstate Jim Acosta's press pass, and refrain from punishing reporters by revoking their access-that's not how a free press works".

Wallace appeared on Fox News host Dana Perino's afternoon program where he called Acosta's approach more of an argument than a question.

Buzzfeed reported there was no evidence the video shared by Watson was deliberately sped up, but that by changing format into a lower-quality GIF, it turned "the question of whether it was "doctored" into a semantic debate". An eyewitness account from a Reuters reporter also challenges the White House claim.

The site, InfoWars, has been a longtime supporter of Donald Trump's, and Trump has reciprocated the admiration with an interview when he was running for president. They screamed "assault" and "abuse".

Cooper offered no pushback on Acosta's blatant lie.

The video is cut so that it appears that Acosta tries to forcefully use his arm to push away the White House staffer's arm, rather than use his arm to pull back the microphone. The aide reaches for the microphone twice with her right hand as Acosta shields it.

He then went on to lecture Acosta.

Even Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller, a website that harshly criticizes CNN, stood up for Acosta. "It's ridiculous for anyone to suggest he did". "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video", Sanders wrote on Twitter.

The video Ms Sanders posted was first shared online by Infowars editor and conspiracy theorist Paul Joseph Watson, who denied doctoring the video. Earlier in the video, Shapiro notices three frames that were frozen to slow down the action. "Having said that, I am troubled by pulling the hard pass because-you can argue he was a jerk and he deserves it, but obviously at a certain point you begin to wonder ... Jim Acosta has our full support".

Press freedom groups also weighed in. "When you report Fake News, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people".

The White House, meanwhile, said it stands by its decision.

"President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration".

Nearly immediately, there has been a major backlash for Sanders to resign in the wake of sharing the video, which was created by the widely discredited alt-right site InfoWars. "It's deceptive, unsafe and unethical". "Knowingly sharing manipulated images is equally problematic, particularly when the person sharing them is a representative of our country's highest office with vast influence over public opinion". "The lies never end", Dornic wrote on Twitter.

Peter Baker, of The New York Times tweeted, "This is something I've never seen since I started covering the White House in 1996".

Perino, a former press secretary for President George W. Bush, said she knew many of Acosta's colleagues were privately frustrated with his conduct, which often appears more made for television than to garner meaningful information.

In a statement, CNN called out Trump. At the White House, "it's a different thing", he said.

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