White House yanks pass of CNN correspondent

U.S. President Donald Trump gets into a heated exchange with CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta as NBC correspondent Peter Alexander looks on during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC on Nove

"I was seated next to @Acosta at today's press conference and did not witness him "placing his hands" on the young intern, as the White House alleges", Mason wrote on Twitter. Sanders tweeted out a video of the incident.

CNN's Acosta is no Cronkite.

Wednesday's event, which began with the president framing Tuesday's election results as a victory for himself and the Republican party, was Trump's first planned, open-ended press conference at the White House since February 2017, and only the second since he took office.

The White House News Photographers Association's president Whitney Shefte issued a statement expressing outrage that Sanders "may have shared a manipulated video". "This conduct is absolutely unacceptable", she wrote. "The point of yesterday's session was merely to antagonize Trump's and his supporters' favorite bogeyman, the free press, in order to keep them galvanized and everyone else distracted in the wake of a stinging political defeat". Acosta said the allegation that he had done so was a "lie," and partisan divides emerged online over whether he had acted appropriately and if the White House's response was proportional. InfoWars personality @PrisonPlanet posted the same video two hours before you did.

"A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere", the statement said.

It was this tweet that started off the media firestorm, with CNN's Dornic raising the biggest stink.

Albright said videos like this pose an even greater risk of perpetuating misinformation than completely faked news videos, because they contain a grain of truth and will likely be given the assumption of accuracy. "History will not be kind to you".

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The video she tweeted originated from an editor at InfoWars, Alex Jones' much-maligned far-right publication known for trading in outlandish conspiracy theories and outright lies.

In the incident, President Trump engaged with Acosta and then said he had enough of his questions before a young woman walked over to take the microphone away.

The Washington Post also got in on the Sanders-bashing. "I never thought in this country that I wouldn't be able to go and cover the president of the United States simply because I was trying to ask a question", Acosta said.

Shapiro says that when Acosta's hand touches the intern's arm as she reaches for his microphone, the action speeds up in the apparently altered video to accentuate his movement.

The video shared by Sanders appeared edited to make the moment seem more violent.

"Journalists should be able to do their job without fear that a tough series of questions will provoke retaliation", said CPJ's Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch. "You released a doctored video - actual fake news".

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