The White House News Photographers Association did not stand for the lies White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders share on social media on Thursday.
The association called out Sanders for sharing a “manipulated” video of CNN’s Jim Acosta allegedly mistreating a White House intern.
“The White House News Photographers Association is appalled to learn that the White House spokesperson may have shared a manipulated video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s interaction with a White House intern during a news conference,” Whitney Shefte, the organization’s president, wrote in a statement.
“As visual journalists, we know that manipulating images is manipulating the truth,” the statement continued. “It’s deceptive, dangerous and unethical.”
“Knowingly sharing manipulated images is equally problematic, particularly when the person sharing them is a representative of our country’s highest office with vast influence over public opinion,” the statement concluded.
— Zoe Daniel (@zdaniel) November 8, 2018
It appears that the video shared by the press secretary came directly from InfoWars, according to former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa.
.@PressSec you are seriously tweeting out an obviously doctored video – from InfoWars no less – to substantiate a false accusation of assault against a journalist???
The standard for libel against a public figure is acting with “actual malice,” and your tweet is Exhibit A. https://t.co/G6JKx3ZrpN
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) November 8, 2018