White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders found herself, once more, on the wrong side of the First Amendment late Wednesday, as she defended the presidents decision to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acostas White House press credentials by sharing a doctored clip that appears to have originated at far-right conspiracy site Infowars. In the video, Acosta appears to aggressively push away a young, female White House intern when she tries to take his microphone. But the original footage of what happened paints a very different picture: as Jimmy Kimmel noted during his broadcast Thursday, “Not only didnt he accost her—he said pardon me, maam. But thats where the Hucka-B.S. machine comes in.”
Kimmel called for Sanders dismissal on Thursday, but not before giving her one bit of backhanded praise: “I think this also might be the first time Ive seen Sarah Sanders take the womans side on any subject, ever—so, good for her.”
On CBS, Stephen Colbert noted that the female intern tasked with taking the mic away was clearly given the worst assignment of the day: “O.K., guys, gather round,” the comedian said in his best supervisor voice. “Alan, youre in charge of coffee runs today. Brad, youre in charge of making copies. Kathy, youll be destroying the First Amendment. Remember, its for college credit!”
As for what should come next, Colbert agrees with Kimmel—although he understandably has little faith that Sanders will face any consequences. “The fact that the White House Press Secretary is promoting this doctored video is reprehensible and grounds for dismissal,” the comedian said. “Or, as they call it in the Trump administration, Thursday.”
“Now that we know this is doctored,” Colbert added, “its gonna be really hard to trust all the other footage theyve released—like April Ryan shooting flames out of her mouth, and Jake Tapper killing Han Solo.”
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