News editor fired for airing doctored video of Trump speech; media silent

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on January 16, 2019

An unnamed news editor from Seattle’s local Fox affiliate Q13 was fired Thursday, after it was revealed that the editor had aired a doctored clip of President Trump’s January 8 Oval Office address to the nation.

Watch the President’s actual address below:


[Todd Herman writes]: A listener to my [radio] program sent me a video that appears to show a deceptively edited video of President Trump’s speech from the Oval Office. We performed a side-by-side comparison of the video from our listener, apparently taken by a smart phone recording of Q13, to the raw video of Trump’s speech from CNN.

That comparison revealed  the video was changed to make it look as if the President was sticking his tongue out languidly between sentences. In addition, the President’s face was distorted as was the color of his skin, making it appear orange.

Less than a day after placing the editor responsible on leave pending an investigation, Q13 terminated his employment.

“We’ve completed our investigation into this incident and determined that the actions were the result of an individual editor whose employment has been terminated,” said Q13’s news director in a Thursday update.

“This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the President in a negative light,”  Q13 told KTTH and MyNorthwest on Wednesday evening.

It is not clear if the editor was responsible for doctoring the video, or simply airing footage altered by somebody else.

Compiled from reports by Todd Herman on Jan. 10 at Mynorthwest .com and SeattleTimes .com

Watch the side by side of the clip from President Trump’s actual speech (left) and the doctored fake clip (right).