Sarah Sanders accused of sharing doctored Infowars video to justify Acosta ban

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. More

President Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. More

"This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", is, however, the explanation given by Sanders.

Shortly after the incident, CNN released a statement describing Trump's "ongoing attacks on the press" as "dangerous" and "un-American".

"We have been working at the White House for five years covering two administrations", Acosta said to the officer, as he voluntarily gave up his hard pass. "We will not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video", Sanders tweeted to accompany the allegedly doctored video.

- Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov) November 8, 2018Correction: the white house --uploaded a doctored video-- there is no evidence that they are the source of the doctored video. Acosta held on to the microphone.

Acosta seems to make contact with her arm. The video is clear, he did.

Ms Sanders went on to share a clip that appears identical to one published by cable network C-SPAN, writing: "We stand by our decision to revoke this individual's hard pass". Critics on social media said the speed of the footage was altered as well.

Nearly immediately, there has been a major backlash for Sanders to resign in the wake of sharing the video, which was created by the widely discredited alt-right site InfoWars.

Trump appeared ready to walk out as Acosta clung to the microphone and persisted with questions about the president's views on a caravan of Central American migrants making its way to the USA border.

"I know he's just doing his job", Acosta wrote. "Secret Service just informed me I can not enter the WH grounds for my 8pm hit". "We encourage anyone with doubts that this reaction was disproportionate to the perceived offense to view the video of the events".

When asked if he had "demonised immigrants" during the midterms campaign, Trump replied: "No, I want them to come into the country". From Acosta's rants to CNN saying this is a threat to democracy, you'd think that the Trump White House tossed a Walter Cronkite-like reporter out onto the street.

Sanders said Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his Administration.

CNN addressed the decision Wednesday, calling it an "unprecedented decision" based on "lies".

Reporters from CNN, Newsweek, the Washington Post and other outlets traced the origins of the edited video and said it was first posted by a commentator associated with Alex Jones' right-wing conspiracy site, InfoWars.

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