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A staffer at the local Fox affiliate in Seattle has been fired after the network aired what appeared to be a doctored video from President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address to the nation from Tuesday.
“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,” Q13 FOX director Erica Hill wrote Thursday in a statement to the newspaper.
The allegedly doctored video showed Trump sluggishly hanging his tongue out of his mouth and resting it on his lower lip for an unusually long time when he addressed the nation Tuesday night. The president’s skin and hair also appeared orange in the station’s video.
A listener on KTTH-Radio brought the video’s discrepancies to the attention of Todd Herman, a conservative talk show host in Seattle, who compared the listener’s video to the raw footage.
“We performed a side-by-side comparison of the video from our listener, apparently taken by a smart phone recording of Q13 FOX, to the raw video of Trump’s speech from CNN,” Herman wrote on the station’s website.
In the raw video, the president briefly licked his lips and continued with his address.
“That comparison revealed the Q13 FOX video creating a loop of the President licking his lips — making it seem bizarre and unbalanced — it also seems that someone distorted the President’s face and may have added an orange tone to his skin,” Herman wrote.
Watch the video comparison:
The editor was placed on leave Wednesday after the station was made aware of the situation.
“This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the president in a negative light,” Hill told the Times and KTTH in an earlier statement.
The staffer was fired following the station’s prompt investigation.