CNN’s Jim Acosta had his hard pass revoked after he physically prevented a female White House aide from taking the microphone from him.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.”
We stand by our decision to revoke this individual’s hard pass. We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video. pic.twitter.com/T8X1Ng912y
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 8, 2018
Responding to Sander’s tweet, CNN’s Brian Stelter asked, “Where’d you obtain the distorted Acosta video you posted? InfoWars personality [Paul Joseph Watson] posted the same video two hours before you did. Surely you don’t trust InfoWars…?”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 8, 2018
Is Stelter suggesting the footage is fake? It would seem so. Prior to questioning the Press Secretary, Stelter retweeted Dana Schwartz of Entertainment Weekly who said the video is “doctored,” calling it “shameful propaganda” and “Orwellian.”
Acosta later told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he never touched the female aide. “Obviously, I didn’t put my hands on her or touch her as they’re alleging.” But if Acosta never touched the female aide, then why would CNN edit that moment out of the footage they showed?
CNN's Jim Acosta told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he *never* touched the female White House aide that tried to take the mic away from him.
CNN showed the clip but edited out the part where he clearly touched her.
Cooper offered no pushback on Acosta's blatant lie. pic.twitter.com/65rP9xWWyI
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 8, 2018
Paul Joseph Watson debunks fake new media claims of doctoring the video, which the Press Secretary allegedly went on to share.