A heated exchange between a CNN reporter and US President Donald Trump may have been doctored, an independent expert has said. The White House revoked Acosta's press pass, and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders justified it by sharing video, which CNN reports was doctored by the editor-in-chief of the far-right, American conspiracy theory and fake news website, InfoWars.
Conte, who was an award-winning reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, says Acosta was doing his job.
"But I watch you a lot, you ask a lot of stupid questions", the president continued to Phillip before turning away and refusing to answer the question.Journalists, media groups and academics immediately started speaking up, saying the remarks revealed a bifurcated approach between how the president treats white reporters and those who are women or people of color, including PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, with whom he also quarrelled this week.
Acosta later tweeted that his press credentials to the White House had been revoked.
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A 20-year veteran of the White House beat, Ryan pointed out that each president before Trump "understood that reporters were part of the underpinnings of this nation".
Abba Shapiro, an independent video producer who examined the Wednesday footage at AP's request, noticed that frames in the tweeted video of the exchange at the news conference were frozen to slow down the action, allowing it to run the same length as the AP one.
Two late-night comics, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, both said on their shows Thursday that Sanders should be fired for her action. "Being in the pressure cooker of the White House has exposed him for what he is".
During a press briefing this summer, Sanders apparently didn't satisfy Acosta's curiosity when he asked about Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani's comments about the former FBI Director James Comey.
Acosta began his series of questions by saying he wanted to "challenge" Trump on his decision to call the latest Central American migrant caravan traveling to the US up through Mexico an "invasion".
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Trump deemed it a "stupid question". [President Trump's] personal 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. "If you got to know April as I know her, you would love her too".
"I think journalism in general doesn't adapt to politics", he said. "She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise and a contract with I think CNN". She's very nasty, and she shouldn't be. "Surely", he wrote, "we must realize that if it works with CNN, this will just be the first time, and not the last".
"I don't know Whitaker", Trump said, adding that he heard Whitaker was "highly thought of" by USA ambassador to China and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad. "This president seems not to like it, so therefore I'm a loser". Trump on Wednesday accused Alcindor of asking a racist question when she inquired about the president receiving support from some white nationalists. But he said there could be others. "You have to treat the White House with respect". It's a very special place. "You've gotta treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect".
Several journalists and organisations - including the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Online News Association - demanded Acosta's press pass be reinstated.
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