White House counselor Kellyanne Conway asserted Sunday that a “sped-up” video is not the same as an “altered” video, while defending the White House’s use of an altered video of a hand motion made by CNN reporter Jim Acosta in order to justify suspending his press pass.
“That’s not altered, that’s sped up,” Conway told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. “They do it all the time in sports to see if there’s actually a first down or a touchdown.”
“So I have to disagree with the, I think, overwrought description of this video being doctored as if we put somebody else’s arm in there,” she added.
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The video in question was first posted by the conspiracy website InfoWars, and then by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on her official Twitter account.
Video editing experts have demonstrated how it slows, duplicates and speeds certain frames in order to turn a fairly benign hand motion from Acosta — who was trying to avoid a White House intern grabbing at the microphone he was holding during a press conference — into an aggressive-looking karate chop.