The White House on Thursday defended its ban of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta from the building, claiming he made inappropriate contact with an administration assistant while she was trying to take a microphone away from him during a heated exchange with President Donald Trump at a news conference.
But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted out a particular video, which apparently had been doctored to appear worse - showing Acosta swatting away the intern when she tried to take his microphone away.
The latest clash between the president and the press corps assigned to cover him followed a meltdown on Wednesday when Trump lashed out at a star CNN reporter as a "terrible person" and had him barred from the White House. Other journalists speculated that Acosta losing his "hard pass" access to the White House was "unprecedented", somehow forgetting Obama's war with Fox News that included spying "extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of Rosen's personal emails", according to a Department of Justice report. "You run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be higher", Mr Trump said.
NABJ President Sarah Glover called them among the "finest reporters covering the White House". Smith told Motherboard via email that he could detect duplicate frames in the White House video, which could indicate it was doctored.
Ryan, who has worked as the White House bureau chief for American Urban Reporters Network for more than 20 years, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Baltimore Sun. Jim had his White House press credentials removed due to a fight over the microphone while at the same press conference.More news: Michigan up to 4th in CFP behind Alabama, Clemson, ND
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Sanders hasn't said where the video she posted comes from.
On Wednesday, Trump accused Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent, of asking a "racist question" when she inquired about the public perception that he was "emboldening white nationalists" on the campaign trail. "Nobody manipulated it", said Trump. "Put down the mic", Trump snapped.
Looking back at Acosta, who again rose up in his own defence, Trump added: "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people". "But I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions".
The president also said, "CNN should be ashamed of itself [for] having you working for them. He's a very unprofessional guy", Trump said.
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"I mean, you talk about somebody that's a loser", Trump said about Ryan.