An editor for Q13 Fox in Seattle, Washington was fired from the TV station after editing President Donald Trump’s Oval Office Address to make the president seem fatter and more orange, and to create loops of the president taking breaths and licking his lips.
The edited clip aired during the station’s coverage of President Trump’s address, causing viewers to report the strange clip to local talk radio the next day. By the end of the day Thursday, Q13 confirmed they had terminated the editor’s employment, and said the video did not meet its editorial standards.
A local talk radio station, 770 KTTH, posted a side by side comparison to YouTube, playing the doctored clip from Q13 next to the version of the recording posted by CNN the same day. The comparison revealed edits that made President Trump’s skin appear more orange, his face more bulbous, and created unsettling loops of the president licking his lips and breathing heavily, appearing to stick his tongue out toward the camera for several seconds.
That comparison revealed the Q13 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.
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.
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