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Sarah Sanders promotes an altered video of CNN reporter

11 November 2018

An independent expert has said a video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored.

At the Wednesday news conference, Trump repeatedly told Ryan to "sit down", accusing her of interrupting a male reporter, as she tried to ask a question about voter suppression.

One of such incidents took place when, Jim Acosta, a reporter from CNN, asked Trump about his take on a Russian caravan moving from Central America towards the border with the United States terming it a Russian invasion. The video tweeted by Sanders also eliminated Acosta's comment to the young woman - "Pardon me, ma'am" - as he sought to continue questioning the president. Later, via Twitter, she said that she has interviewed white nationalists who say they are more excited by Trump than they have been about other presidents.

The allegedly doctored video makes Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern. Acosta asked President Trump in a number of different ways. "They gave a close-up view". It's also unlikely the differences could be explained by technical glitches or by video compression - a reduction in a video's size to enable it to play more smoothly on some sites - because the slowing of the video and the acceleration that followed are "too precise to be an accident", said Shapiro, who trains instructors to use video editing software.

On Thursday, Sanders offered no apologies.

Video clips also showed an unnamed female White House intern unsuccessfully attempting to reclaim the microphone from Acosta.

Phillip asked Trump whether he would like his new acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to "rein in" Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"What a stupid question that is", the president replied to Phillip.

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At one point in the news conference, Jim Acosta of CNN refused to relinquish the microphone and badgered the President with additional questions. Trump's insults "are nothing new".

"It is incredibly disconcerting when journalists are censured for doing their job, and we can not turn a blind eye to this encroachment on press freedom, a concept that is enshrined in the Constitution", Charles Whitaker, the interim dean of the Medill, said in a statement that was also sent out to students.

The post-midterm election news conference marked a new low in the president's relationship with journalists.

"I watch her get up - I mean, you talk about somebody that's a loser". She's very nasty, and she shouldn't be. Jim also took home some advice from Mr. President who seemed to be in a very bad mood during session. The women - Abby Phillip, April Ryan and Yamiche Alcindor - earned his contempt apparently just for asking him questions.

"As far as I'm concerned, I haven't made that decision", Trump said of restoring Acosta's press pass. But he said there could be others. "When you're in the White House, this is a very sacred place to me", Trump insisted. "This is a very special place", Trump said. "Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately because you can see for yourself what it is, perception is reality with this president".

Several journalists and organizations - including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Online News Association - demanded Acosta's press pass be reinstated.

Despite losing his White House pass, Acosta traveled to Paris this weekend to cover Trump's trip to meet with world leaders.

He tweeted a photo of himself standing in front of the Eiffel Tower early today.

Sarah Sanders promotes an altered video of CNN reporter