Fox-affiliated Seattle TV station Q13 axed one of its video editors Thursday after the station aired doctored footage of President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night Oval Office address on the border.
The prankster edited footage to give Trump’s skin and hair a saturated orange tint and to make it appear as if his tongue were sticking out.
The TV station said that the video did not meet their “editorial standards” and the unidentified worker was fired.
TV producer fired for Trump address prank
The tone of Trump’s Oval Office speech Tuesday night — his first since taking office — was solemn and serious as he talked about the families shattered by violent criminal aliens. But one new staffer in Seattle found the address an occasion to have a lark.
The staffer was not identified, but it isn’t hard to decipher how they feel about the president. The video is unmistakably photoshopped to make Trump look like an orangutan with his tongue sticking out languidly.
MyNorthWest.com shared a side-by-side comparison between CNN’s video and the doctored images from Q13’s feed that were captured by a viewer on their smartphone. The comparisons show that the editor manipulated the footage to give Trump a sharp orange tint.
In the un-doctored video, Trump says, “Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security,” before licking his lips momentarily and continuing with his speech.
But in the edited version, his tongue continues to hang out while the audio plays, creating a jarring effect where Trump appears to talk without moving his lips. It appears that the fake tongue is on a loop.
Watch the doctored video below:
Station fires, rebukes editor
The stunt landed the Fox-affiliated station Q13 in hot water, and the network quickly responded with an investigation into the incident and ended up axing the worker.
“This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the president in a negative light,” Q13 news director Erica Hill told the Seattle Times on Thursday.
“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,” Hill added.
Now, the staffer is out of a job and joins hundreds of thousands of government workers without pay as the partial government shutdown lurches into its fourth week.
Hopefully, the joke was worth it.