The White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of a CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta who earlier sparred with Donald Trump at a news conference, in which the USA president branded the journalist an "enemy of the people".
Jeff Mason, a Reuters journalist and former president of the association, said on Twitter: "I was seated next to @Acosta at today's press conference and did not witness him "placing his hands" on the young intern, as the White House alleges".
Acosta, who critics say acts more like an activist than a reporter, was called on by the president at a post-midterms press conference at the White House on November 7.
Crucially, however the video appears to have been doctored.
The White House has banned a CNN reporter over "unacceptable" conduct during a heated news conference with Donald Trump.
Acosta said Sanders' account of the incident was "a lie".
Acosta sparred with Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern USA border.
A White House staff member steps in to try to take the microphone away from Acosta.
Republican Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also took to twitter to inform the public on the situation.
"We did this in spite of a very dramatic fundraising disadvantage driven by Democrats' wealthy donors, and special interests, and a very hostile media coverage, to put it lightly", he said.
"Just sit down, please", Trump told Acosta, who asked the president off mic about his description of the media as "the enemy of the people".
Mashable has reached out to the White House for comment on the allegations surrounding the video Sanders shared.
RSF says this punitive action is undemocratic and sends a chilling message to those watching about how the president of the United States ought to behave towards reporters asking him tough questions. You shouldn't be working for CNN, ' the president said to Acosta.
"You know what? Honestly, I think you should let me run the country".
In a statement issued Wednesday evening, CNN concurred, saying: "The White House announced tonight that it has revoked the press pass of CNN's Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta".
"You are a rude, awful person", Trump told Acosta.
Many of the Trump administration's claims about this caravan have been proven false, and CNN has been the driving force in calling out these lies.
Albright said videos like this pose an even greater risk of perpetuating misinformation than completely faked news videos, because they contain a grain of truth and will likely be given the assumption of accuracy.
The move followed an incident during President Trump's Wednesday news conference, in which Acosta challenged Trump about his claims regarding immigrants trekking through Mexico to reach the US border.