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Friday, November 09, 2018

After Acosta challenged President Trump about his description of a caravan of migrants as an "invasion," the intern attempted to take away Acosta's microphone; as he shielded it, his hand touched her arm. The Trump Administration, Sanders wrote, in a tweet, will "never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job." Then, around ten-thirty that evening, Sanders shared, in another tweet, an edited video of Acosta. It focusses on the moment of contact, in which Acosta's hand appears to strike the intern's arm in a chop-like motion. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video," Sanders wrote. Shortly afterward, observers online began to point out that, in certain sections, its speed seemed to have been modified in a manner that exaggerated the forcefulness of the contact. The video, moreover, turned out to have originated from the Twitter account of Paul Joseph Watson, a contributor to the far-right site Infowars.

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Instead of retweeting Watson, Sanders, or someone handling her Twitter feed, had downloaded and re-uploaded the video, obscuring its source. The White House, in short, used a questionable video from a conspiracy Web site to justify banning a member of the press.

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A bigger issue, Farid pointed out, was non-technical: the camera angle. "If you look at original, higher-quality videos from other vantage points," he wrote, "you can more clearly see that while there was some contact between the reporter and intern, he did not strike her as his hand comes down." The perspective, coupled with the blurriness of the image -- which makes it hard to discern where Acosta's hand ends and the intern's arm begins -- create the impression that their contact was more substantive than it was. Farid concluded that the video Sanders shared was "misleading."

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#1 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-11-09 08:43 PM | Reply

Neither video, altered or not, showed Acosta being aggressive or inappropriate. The young woman was aggressively getting into Acosta's personal space trying to take away the mic.

#2 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-11-09 09:15 PM | Reply

#2

I was reading the WH set up this scene beforehand.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2018-11-10 08:04 AM | Reply

#2 I saw the C-SPAN video, and that "young woman" was in Trumps press corp, and taking that jerks microphone away as he insulted the POTUS was part of her job. And he really manhandles her. I can't believe you think that C-SPAN would alter a video....

You should hear what Acosta was saying. If I was Trump I would have slugged him....

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-11-10 11:15 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

You should hear what Acosta was saying. If I was Trump I would have slugged him....

#4 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2018-11-10 11:15 AM | FLAG:

He's still got two years left. I'm sure nothing is off the table for Trump.

#5 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-11-10 11:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

that "young woman" was in Trumps press corp

Yes, she was not an intern as Sarah Hackabee Sanders claimed.

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-11-10 11:19 AM | Reply

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat

Meth is a devastating drug.

#7 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-11-10 04:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#2 I saw the C-SPAN video, and that "young woman" was in Trumps press corp, and taking that jerks microphone away as he insulted the POTUS was part of her job. And he really manhandles her. I can't believe you think that C-SPAN would alter a video....

You should hear what Acosta was saying. If I was Trump I would have slugged him....

#4 | POSTED BY RussianRat

You may want to get your eyes and ears checked troglodyte.
....and while you're there might be time for a psychological evaluation as you seem to be living in some sort of alt-right Nazi fantasyland.

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-11-10 07:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

BTW....you would have punched NO ONE. You are a coward of the highest degree.

#9 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-11-10 07:05 PM | Reply

#9 Did you see the C-SPAN video? Did you see what Acosta said and did? No, you didn't. You just read a bunch of BS lies in the five billionaire media. He hit her, after ranting like mad, and that wasn't "altered video", unless you want to go after C-SPAN, because that was live. You coward. How could you even fall for that?!

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-11-10 07:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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#6 Um, she was an intern. Where did you hear she wasn't? Acosta?

#11 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-11-10 07:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

He hit her, after ranting like mad, and that wasn't "altered video", unless you want to go after C-SPAN, because that was live. You coward. How could you even fall for that?!

The video was sped up.

Don't be such a tool.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2018-11-10 07:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#9 Did you see the C-SPAN video? Did you see what Acosta said and did? No, you didn't. You just read a bunch of BS lies in the five billionaire media. He hit her, after ranting like mad, and that wasn't "altered video", unless you want to go after C-SPAN, because that was live. You coward. How could you even fall for that?!

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-11-10 07:13 PM | Reply

Quit being a fraud and tool

#13 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-11-10 07:36 PM | Reply

#9

Acosta hit no one.

But if she really got hit she should file a complaint with police. Isn't that how it works?

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2018-11-11 08:11 AM | Reply

"But if she really got hit she should file a complaint with police. Isn't that how it works?
#14 | POSTED BY ZED"

In a sane world, you do not file charges for inappropriate behavior that does not rise to the level of criminality. Acosta did not assault this woman, but his conduct was inappropriate for any reporter to use against any person over whom they has workplace power, much less in the context of ranting at the president of the US. If we had a sane media, his colleagues would collectively admonish him for his behavior - not only in his appropriate conduct with the woman, but in trying to monopolize the press conference with his ranting. He had his '15 seconds of fame' by screaming his question/comment repeatedly. Now, have the common decency to sit down and let others have their turn. Trump should have had WH security give him a prep walk off the grounds.

#15 | Posted by moveon_2020 at 2018-11-11 09:29 PM | Reply

#15

We get that you hate the free press, you damned fascist.

#16 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-11-11 09:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"We get that you hate the free press, you damned fascist.
#16 | POSTED BY DIRKSTRUAN"

No one is saying that Acosta can't stand outside the WH and rant until he is blue in the face. However, in an event with a limited duration, his ranting is stopping a free press by monopolizing the time. I don't think you would be crying if Jeff Gannon was shut down from asking questions during the Bush years. Both are the same - inappropriate use of time.

#17 | Posted by moveon_2020 at 2018-11-11 09:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#17

The President works for the people and not the reverse, you groveling lickspittle. Not at all like, say, a Fuhrer.

#18 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-11-11 09:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#17 | Posted by moveon_2020 at 2018-11-11 09:41 PM | Reply | Flagged newsworthy by nullifidian

As usual, sockpuppets support one another.

#19 | Posted by Hans at 2018-11-11 10:04 PM | Reply

The White House posting doctored videos ought to be a crime, even if it's not.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-11 10:27 PM | Reply

If we had a sane media, his colleagues would collectively admonish him for his behavior - not only in his appropriate conduct with the woman, but in trying to monopolize the press conference with his ranting. He had his '15 seconds of fame' by screaming his question/comment repeatedly.
2020

and the media did the exact opposite, they came to his defense. you're an idiot. do you live in colorado by chance?

#21 | Posted by cjk85 at 2018-11-12 05:48 PM | Reply

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