TV Station Fires Staffer Over Video Enhancing Trump's Orange, Gape-Mouthed Weirdo Vibe

In the three days since President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night address to the country, you’ve probably already forgotten the significance of his parroted talking points about a border wall, or all that weird nose breathing. If you live in Seattle and were watching it on your local Fox affiliate, however, you probably can’t stop thinking about how orange he looked, and also, wasn’t he licking his lips more than normal?

No, you weren’t imagining it—the clip of his address aired on Seattle’s Q13 Fox was doctored.

The video, aired on the Seattle-based Q13 news station on Tuesday night, shows Trump delivering part of his speech, saying he hopes to see the country “rise above partisan politics in order to support national security.” But it also shows him with a bigger head, a harsher tint of saturated orange skin, and an exaggerated propensity for licking his lips.

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Essentially, the edited video—known as a “deepfake”—made Trump look more like Trump, with his enlarged ego, spray tanned complexion, and inability to keep his tongue (and dentures) from falling out of his mouth. Despite the video’s creative merits, the TV station involved, Q13, did not think the doctored video of Trump was commendable, and has fired the station editor involved, the Seattle Times reported on Thursday.

Conservative talk radio host and RNC media director Todd Herman brought attention to the discrepancy between the Q13 video and the broadcast of Trump’s address, uploading a side-by-side comparison of the two videos. A listener had sent him the Q13 clip recorded with their phone during its broadcast.

On Thursday, Q13 news director Erica Hill released a statement saying the doctored video didn’t meet the station’s editorial standards, later following up with a statement that the editor involved had been fired. Whether the editor actually created the video or just put it on air is unclear, the Times pointed out.

“This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the president in a negative light,” Hill’s statement read, according to the Times. “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.”

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The war of poorly edited partisan videos is far from over, though I suggest hanging this one in the hall of fame.

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Samantha Grasso

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