Doctored White House video shows Republicans believe in unlimited gov't power—when they wield it
This isn’t the first time our government has lied to us. Other lies, such as those told by the George W. Bush administration in order to justify their unprovoked invasion of Iraq, have had a much more direct impact on people’s lives here in our country and all over the world.
Additionally, this is far from the first lie Donald Trump or his White House have told. Indeed, releasing a doctored piece of propaganda wasn’t even only the Trump lie issued last Thursday. However, even if it isn’t the only one, or the worst one, the nature of this lie requires some special attention, both because of the details surrounding it and the general lack of protest by Trump supporters—a non-reaction that reveals, or at least further confirms, so much.
To recap briefly, during a presidential press conference on Wednesday, CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to ask a follow-up question of The Man Who (Still) Lost The Popular Vote. The guy at the podium didn’t much like it, and a White House intern attempted to confiscate the microphone into which Acosta was speaking.
After the exchange, the Trump administration revoked Acosta’s access to the White House, and press secretary Sarah Sanders stated:
President Trump believes in a free press and expects and welcomes tough questions of him and his administration. We will, however, never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern. This conduct is absolutely unacceptable.
However, Acosta did no such thing. A New York Times article on the incident summarized what happened as follows: “Television footage showed that Mr. Acosta and the intern made brief, benign contact—“Pardon me, ma’am,” the correspondent said—as she tried to take a microphone away from him at Mr. Trump’s behest.” Their arms collided because Acosta was bringing his left arm down after pointing forward for emphasis just as the intern, putting her arm across his torso, grabbed at the microphone Acosta held in his other hand.