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If you thought the media’s slanted coverage of President Donald Trump’s first prime time address from the Oval Office was bad, just wait. It gets worse.

It appears that a segment of Trump’s address was edited by one news outlet — with results that show the president in a very bad light.

Todd Herman, a radio host at KTTH in Seattle, reported that a listener alerted him via Twitter to video of what was aired by KCPQ, Q13 Fox, in Seattle.

That video on the tweet appears to be a smart phone recording of the beginning of Q13’s coverage of the address — a segment of the Trump speech leading in to a voice-over by the KCPQ anchor.

That’s not what viewers of the speech saw.

“We performed a side-by-side comparison of the video from our listener … to the raw video of Trump’s speech from CNN,” Herman wrote.

For anyone who thinks the media can be trusted, the results are shocking.

In the Q13 video, Trump’s skin is a very orange tone. Additionally, the video is zoomed in on him, to make his head appear large.

Also, in the raw footage, the president licks his lips once while speaking, probably to moisten them before immediately going on. In the Q13 video, that action appears to be “looped,” so Trump is shown licking his lips repeatedly, which looks a bit disturbing and creepy.

Herman wrote that Q13 had issued a statement saying it was looking into the matter and acknowledging the incident does not meet the station’s “editorial standards.”

“We are investigating this to determine what happened. This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the President in a negative light. The editor responsible for editing the footage is being placed on leave while we investigate further.”

This kind of apparent breach of public trust is something the media as a whole can ill afford.

Public trust is already low. As much as the media likes to blame Trump for that, there are too many instances of “fake news” to ignore the fact that they are doing it to themselves.

A 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey on Trust, Media and Democracy showed that the pubic does not believe the media is fulfilling their duty to report in an unbiased and informative manner.

The survey was conducted with input from 19,000 adults in the United States. Only half of those surveyed believe that there is enough information available for individuals to be able to sort through the bias in order to find the facts for themselves.

In addition, only 27 percent felt “very confident” in their own ability to do so. That means the remaining 73 percent questioned their own ability to find the truth in the over-abundance of biased reporting.

“Reporting” with bias is bad enough coming from a news station. But a blatant attempt to smear the sitting president of the United States with deceptive video editing would be wholly unethical.

The public deserve better and should demand it. News reporting is supposed to be just that. It is not supposed to be activism and character assassination.

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Linda

    January 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Can these people get any more disgusting?

  2. Diane

    January 10, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    DISGUSTING! If we could find a way to start holding the “media” ACCOUNTABLE for their LIES and Misinformation, this bs would STOP!

  3. vernon lindblade

    January 10, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Just more proof as to how and why you cannot trust the media… True liars… Even when they are caught at they make up more lies to try and justify…and they wonder why no one believes in them to even tell a fairy tale correctly…

  4. Heidi

    January 10, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    One more reason why I do not watch any of the media news. Disgusting.

  5. Keith

    January 10, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Not at all like that Branch Trumpidian video of Acosta.

    Nice try Vlad; your comrades over here are working overtime.

  6. t. jones

    January 10, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    If people want to get the un-biased truth not edited,, you need to watch the only cable news net work to put out the truth not bull sh++……You get both sides fairly not fake crap…..

  7. ChuckyBaby

    January 10, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Isn’t that illegal? It should be!

  8. Connie

    January 10, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    More evidence of the lying cheating news media and they are not even good a messing up the recording of his speech. Now does anyone doubt the press is out to destroy the president….this is why he twitters!

  9. Tom

    January 10, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    The media is scum. Dont they get that most people know they are lying
    but they keep trying.

  10. Polly

    January 10, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    He should never be employed anywhere.It is sad to see adults behaving as stupid idiots.The time has come when all these attacks will be turned back on the ones doing it.

  11. Nancy

    January 10, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    I watched the video BEFORE reading the article. And IMMEDIATELY noticed something “not right” with Trump’s face, especially his mouth. I was already telling myself that this was NOT Trump’s true facial/mouth moves. Pretty bad when the media will do ANYTHING to make Trump look like HE’S the bad guy. And I’ve NEVER EVER SEEN Trump lick his lips like at the end of the video. DISGUSTING.

    • Nancy

      January 11, 2019 at 12:06 am

      Actually, his entire face was “off”…. not just his mouth. The first couple seconds were Trump, then the whole face (facial moves, width of head, etc.) were off.

  12. Laurie McClain

    January 10, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Those nincompoops! Just keep shooting yourselves in the foot, guys – Americans no longer believe a word you say. I haven’t watched network world news in a very long time. The few times I tuned in to see David Muir, I was pretty disappointed.

  13. crash

    January 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    And they have the nerve to be “offended” when they are called “fake news”! They PROVE they are fake news every day.

  14. Ray

    January 11, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Yeah they are going to look into it only because they got caught. They can’t understand why Trump calls the media fake news they hand him proof on a silver platter

    • Rick Love

      January 11, 2019 at 4:49 am

      In a few days they’ll have some extremely technical reason for what happened so that it was “accidental” and no fault can be placed with the network. Kind of like I chose to delete all my yoga class e-mails because I felt the FBI wouldn’t want to waste their time looking at them.

  15. ANA

    January 11, 2019 at 12:36 am

    IDIOTS OUT OF RESPECT AND EDUCATION .SHAME .NEED FIRED THE CROOKED .

  16. Oat 35

    January 11, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Wow, For anyone who thinks the leftist media can be trusted, the results are shocking. KCPQ, Q13 Fox, in Seattle.KCPQ, Q13 Fox, in Seattle altered footage to make Trump’s skin is a very orange tone. Additionally, the video is zoomed in on him, to make his head appear large and the president licking his lips deleting his words while speaking, probably to moisten them before immediately going on having the Q13 video make it his action to appear like he was “looped,” so Trump speech was altered to show him licking his lips repeatedly, which surely looked disturbing and creepy. KCPQ, Q13 Fox, in Seattle is investigating, unbelievable.

  17. Rick

    January 11, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Trump is right….FAKE MEDIA…

  18. Clyde

    January 11, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Is there no way to have broadcasting live incense revoked for this? How can we start a public campaign to get the ball rolling on getting them shut down and off the air waves?

  19. Lee Sullivan

    January 11, 2019 at 1:23 am

    There are some countries where this perp would be eliminated for making light of the country’s leader. Freedom in America allows them to mock our leader – who happens to be the BEST PRESIDENT in a very long time. God bless President Trump!!

  20. N

    January 11, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Communist NWK News.AKA: Fake News! MSM=Fake News, Fox News.The Pravda Racists Divisive Commie news and their propaganda HATE machine at full throttle! They are destroying the country within! Prosecute these deep state traitors now, Pres Trump!

  21. Fed Up

    January 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Maybe a call for laws on whether or not you are considered NEWS or something else such as fake news. The laws would state that you MUST be unbiased to be considered a news agency. People need to trust what they hear. Editing such as this or slanting the story would NOT be considered a news agency. We could also have fact checkers checking out stories. Part of the division in this country stems from these so called news agencies misleading people.

  22. Ed

    January 11, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Maybe you think that the editor was just being “cute,” but I suspect he was just doing his “job.” I read somewhere that almost 4 dozen “reporters,” for various news outlets, are headed for indictment for being on an FBI payroll and just ‘doing their job,’ of making the President look bad.

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