After being exposed for airing a doctored video of President Donald Trump – made to look as if he was sticking his tongue out at the American people in an address to the nation – a local Seattle, Washington television station has fired the editor it says is responsible.
The malicious changes made to the video are obvious when the genuine and doctored versions are viewed side-by-side, NewsBusters reported Thursday:
“A staffer at local Fox affiliate Q13 has been fired after the station aired a doctored (and insulting) video of President Donald Trump’s first primetime speech from the Oval Office on Tuesday.
“Local radio host Todd Herman was sent a video from a listener. As the [Seattle] Times reported, ‘The video was changed to make it look as if Trump was sticking his tongue out languidly between sentences. In addition, the colors in the video look more saturated, leading the president’s skin and hair to appear more orange.’"
The American public was already convinced it was often being fed “fake news” by media, even before the doctored video was exposed, as NewsBusters documented in a report on a national Monmouth University survey:
“A whopping 77 percent of those polled said Yes – 31 percent said it happens regularly, and 46 percent said it happens occasionally. Only 21 percent said they did not offer fake news.