Fake News just got faker on January 8th, when an editor employed at Seattle’s FOXNEWS affiliate station, Q13 rolled-in a doctored video with boosted red color levels in order to make President Trump look extra orange and weird.
During his live announcement last Tuesday, while calling on Congress to rise above partisan politics, a visual effect that looks like Deepfake technology was keyed over the live image of Trump’s mouth. A spoofed video of his mouth blown up, slowly licking and unlicking his lips in a digital loop was superimposed over the live image.
This Deepfake would not have come to light and the Trump-hating Seattle market would continue to feel justified in hating him that much more, unless one viewer hadn’t filmed the broadcast with his iPhone and sent his video in to the Conservative radio show, MyNorthWest, who edited the two clips side-by-side and posted them to YouTube, seen here.
Almost 48 hours elapsed before an editor at Q13 was fired and as of this writing, no mainstream outlet with national reach has covered this story. This is in stark contrast to a video retweeted by Sarah Huckabee Sanders last November of Jim Acosta karate-chopping a White House intern’s arm while frivolously badgering the President and precipitating Sanders’ pulling his hard press pass.
Sanders’ post had been retweeted from Paul Joseph Watson, who’d used software that comes stock in most computers to slow down video of the altercation. He was falsely accused of doctoring the footage.
As Watson says, “The corporate press engaged in a week-long demonization campaign of Infowars by claiming that I had doctored a video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta having a physical confrontation with a White House staffer during Trump’s press conference back in November…No such doctoring took place. Despite this, the media vehemently asserted that the White House had shared a video manipulated with the intention of deceiving the American people.”
No retractions were ever issued on the claims against Watson and Acosta sued successfully to have his hard pass restored. It appears the limits of Deepfake technology is being tested, as the ruse has been revealed yet remains unreported.