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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sarah Sanders criticized for sharing 'doctored' video of CNN's Jim Acosta at press conference


By MICHAELA JOHNSON, Sinclair Broadcast Group

WASHINGTON (CIRCA via SBG) — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is being widely criticized for sharing an edited video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta at Wednesday's press conference. Acosta's credentials were suspended after a tense interaction in which the president called him "a rude, terrible person."

Trump to CNN's Acosta: 'You are a rude, terrible person'

Sanders said on Twitter the decision to revoke the credentials was a result of Acosta "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern." She shared the following video of the incident:

Several individuals quickly spotted discrepancies between the White House's video and original footage of the interaction. It appears the video was edited to make Acosta's arm movements look faster, or more aggressive. The two videos can be seen here side by side:

Another view shows the press secretary's video laid over the original CSPAN footage. It appears the speed of the video has been edited at the point when Acosta comes in contact with the young woman.

During the interaction, Acosta says, "Pardon me, ma'am," after making contact with the woman. The video Sanders posted has had the audio removed.

It's possible the video shared by the press secretary was created by an editor at the conspiracy site Infowars; several journalists point out the site posted the video hours before Sanders.

CNN's vice president of communications responded to the evidence of the edited video on Twitter, saying, "Absolutely shameful, @PressSec. You released a doctored video - actual fake news. History will not be kind to you."

The network confirmed in a statement it supports Jim Acosta's actions.

"The White House announced tonight that it has revoked the press pass of CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta. It was done in retaliation for his challenging questions at today's press conference. In an explanation, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders lied. She provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better. Jim Acosta has our full support."

The White House has not yet responded to accusations it doctored the video.

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