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It’s been another terrible day for CNN, though Trump’s favorite “fake news” network to mock and its notoriously grandstanding reporter don’t appear to have figured that out just yet.

On Wednesday, CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta managed to get his press pass suspended “until further notice” after he refused to give up the mic to a White House intern and, in the process, ended up “placing his hands” on her, as White House Press Sec. Sarah Sanders put it. After Acosta accused Sanders of telling a “lie” about what went down, Sanders tweeted out a video clip showing Acosta clearly pushing the intern’s arm down.

That’s when CNN executive Matt Dornic got involved, alleging that Sanders was spreading “actual fake news” by using a “doctored” video to make Acosta’s bad behavior look worse. The result was even more people watching Acosta act like a person who doesn’t deserve to be among the press corps — and CNN promoting a paranoid conspiracy theory that BuzzFeed effectively debunked.

The “actual fake news” hysteria started after Sanders announced that Acosta’s hard pass had been revoked “until further notice.”

“President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” she wrote Wednesday. “This conduct is absolutely unacceptable. It is also completely disrespectful to the reporter’s colleagues not to allow them an opportunity to ask a question. President Trump has given the press more access than any President in history.”

Acosta responded by calling Sanders’ statement a “lie.”

A few hours later, Sanders posted video proof that her claim that he had “plac[ed] his hand” on the girl was verifiably true. “We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video,” she wrote.

It was this tweet that started off the media firestorm, with CNN’s Dornic raising the biggest stink.

“Absolutely shameful, @PressSec,” he tweeted. “You released a doctored video – actual fake news. History will not be kind to you.”

Other outlets echoed CNN in declaring Sanders’ video deliberately “doctored” to make Acosta look, well, worse — including New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, who wrote: “Yes, the White House press office is sharing a manipulated video that makes it appear that Acosta was menacing the intern when he was not and did not. The intern reached over Acosta to grab the microphone while he was trying to ask another q and Acosta tried to pull away.”

The Washington Post also got in on the Sanders-bashing. “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 President Trump,” wrote the Post’s Drew Harwell. “But in the original video, Acosta’s arm appears to move only as a response to a tussle for the microphone.”

But then BuzzFeed ended up raining on everyone’s “actual fake news” parade. After looking more closely at the video, BuzzFeed concluded that rather than some nefarious attempt to mislead the public about Acosta’s unprofessional actions, the alterations in the video appear to simply be what happens when converting video from one format to another.

“There’s no evidence that the video was deliberately sped up — but the change in format, from a high-quality video to a low-quality GIF, turns the question of whether it was ‘doctored’ into a semantic debate,” BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel reports. “This video analysis by BuzzFeed News demonstrates what the GIF conversion process does to video.

While it’s not technically “sped up” by intent, it effectively is in practice. The video-to-GIF conversion removes frames from the source material by reducing the frame rate. The GIF-making tool GIF Brewery, for example, typically reduces source video to 10 frames per second. Raw, televised video typically has a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second.”

In other words, all CNN ended up doing was making sure that more people saw footage of Acosta’s embarrassing behavior and highlighting their own paranoia about the imagined machinations of the White House.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. George Notter

    November 9, 2018 at 7:26 am

    CNN is nothing but bias lying fake news… Jim Acosta is nothing but a grandstanding jerk. Most of us could not understand why Jim has not had his pass revoked a long time ago… Between CNN and MSNBC we can’t figure who is worst. We all know why your ratings keep dropping… Both networks have lost what journalism is about, you both are FAKE NEWS period. And it is a fact you both are the “Enemy Of The People” because of your bias lies… Deal with it, sorry excuses of so call news agencies. PBS has better ratings than you low lifes.

  2. RAY SAY

    November 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Only problem is millions saw the truth live, un-doctored, and it wasn’t just Acosta accosting of a young woman, but his boorish, childish and unprofessionalism, rude and disrespectful to this great Leader of the Free World.

    Acosta, should be permanently banned from the White House premise or any travel on AF1. He should fine another profession, he is obviously not qualified.

    • Patricia Halverson

      November 9, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      I agree. I was watching at the time. I was appalled when I saw him push her arm down. I was trying to leave a comment but yahoo it not letting so I’m trying to reply to see if that goes through. They also need to STOP saying she was grabbing the mic.

  3. Gene

    November 9, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    CNN just proved Acosta’s behavior is dictated by them. Jim is just the stupid troll doing masters bidding

  4. ME

    November 9, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    what’s that saying, if the media’s mouth is open then they’re lying.

  5. Silas Longshot

    November 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    0bama has thrown out on the spot WAY more reporters that Trump has, for FAR LESS than Acosta DeAzzhole. Just the yelling, hogging the mic, continuing to shout his BS over the other somewhat more polite & respectful reporters should have got him tossed out, then the lying baztard does a ‘wrist chop’ on the cute intern’s arm while she was just doing her job. If any clown in that news circus deserves to have their creds pulled, it’s for sure Acosta. Then the whining baztard goes running to his co-liars on CNN and claims the video that millions saw live was ‘doctored’ and that Sanders claim was a ‘lie’, which only reinforces the facts that CNN does nothing but fake news and lies. I’ve got a bottle of special stuff I’ll pop the cork on the day CNN folds.

  6. Patricia

    November 9, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    CNN and those supporting Acosta are lying. I was watching as this happened and was appalled when he pushed her arm down so she could not take the mic. By the way STOP saying she grabbed the mic. She did not she was trying to take it. That’s her job!

  7. Patricia

    November 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    CNN and those supporting Acosta are lying (as usual) I was watching as this happened and I was appalled when he pushed her arm down to avoid the mic being taken from him. Also STOP saying she grabbed the mic. She was trying to take the mic, That is her job.

  8. Patricia Halverson

    November 9, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Anyone else notice or have a problem with yahoo posting comments? They always change my spelling or change my wording. I poof read before I send and then when I read it it has suddenly changed.

  9. dostaboy

    November 10, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Is there any wonder that the Cartoon Network has better ratings than CNN? I can’t wait for the day when CNN stands for Closed News Network! They’re laughable.

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