White House Bans CNN Reporter Jim Acosta, Shares Clip Doctored By Infowars “Proving” He Assaulted Intern

NBC News reports:

Acosta tweeted Wednesday night that he was denied access when he tried to enter the White House. He added in another tweet that he didn’t “blame” the U.S. Secret Service agent who stopped him. “I know he’s just doing his job,” Acosta wrote.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders later issued a statement that said the reporter’s “hard pass” was suspended as a result of his attempt to keep control of a microphone during Wednesday’s news conference with the president.

She said Acosta put “his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern” during the session, a claim that doesn’t appear to be supported by video of the incident. The press secretary called Acosta’s behavior “absolutely unacceptable.”

Business Insider reports:

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been accused of sharing a doctored version of the video, which slows down the intern’s approach and speeds up Acosta’s arm movement, making the moment appear more violent.

What appears to be the same video was shared two hours earlier by Paul Joseph Watson, the editor-at-large of Infowars.com, a far-right outlet whose content has been banned from almost every major tech outlet including Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube for spreading conspiracy theories.