TV editor dismissed from work after footage of a very orange Donald Trump was shown on air

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 11, 2019
09:19 A.M.

On Tuesday night, US President Donald Trump addressed the nation to talk about immigration and to ask Democrats to fund his border wall. Television stations broadcast the message including FOX affiliate Q13, which is a Seattle TV station.


However, a YouTube channel noticed that the original broadcast video from the president’s speech appeared to be quite different from Q13. The TV-editor has since been fired over the incident.

On Q13, President Donald Trump’s broadcast speech from the Oval Office was changed to make the president look quite saturated. The doctoring turned Trump orange.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The footage was put side-by-side with the original clip by Mynorthwest.com on YouTube.

“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’s clip also showed Trump sticking his tongue out between sentences. During his original speech, Trump said, “Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security.”


Then he briefly licked his lips before continuing to speak. However, the doctored clip showed the president with his tongue hanging out, resting it on his lower lip for a long time.


The news director Erica Hill addressed the incident in a statement early on Thursday saying:

“This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the president in a negative light.”


She later confirmed that the station had investigated the incident and fired the editor involved. Hill added:

“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.”


The editor’s identity wasn’t immediately released and it’s unclear whether the doctored video was created by the editor or if they just allowed it to air. In his state address, Trump urged for border wall funding amid the partial federal government shutdown.

In 2017, a Reddit user called Chris, who goes by the handle Balderdhash, mocked Trump’s border wall idea by creating a Photoshopped Lego play set which can be built into a wall.

The old post has since gone viral amid the shutdown.

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