A TV station has sacked an editor after doctored footage of Donald Trump’s address on illegal immigration was aired.
A segment of the president’s Oval Office speech on Tuesday evening was altered to make the 72-year-old languidly stick his tongue out during a pause. It also made him appear more orange.
Seattle-based Fox affiliate Q13, which broadcast the footage, said after launching an investigation it had fired an unnamed editor who did “not meet our editorial standards”.
“We regret if it is seen as portraying the president in a negative light," spokesperson Erica Hill added.
It is not clear if the editor was responsible for doctoring the video, or simply airing footage altered by somebody else.
KIRO, a Washington radio station, posted on its website side-by-side videos, showing the discrepancies between the original and doctored footage.
In Mr Trump‘s televised address, the president attempted to stoke fears over illegal immigration and convince Americans of the need for a US-Mexico border wall.
Attempting to cast the issue as a national emergency, he went into graphic detail about murders and violent assaults committed by a tiny number of illegal immigrants.
He also railed against gang violence, drug smuggling and human trafficking, and attempted to put responsibility for a partial government shutdown at the feet of Democrats in Congress.
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