Fox Affiliate Editor Fired After Making Bad Joke About “Trump’s Color”
An editor for a Seattle TV station was fired 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.
FOX affiliate Q13 in Seattle, Washington, has fired an editor for airing video footage of President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night speech that appears to be modified – its filtered colors look more saturated and his tongue appears doctored.
The TV station broadcasted video that showed a more orange-toned Trump – whose address had urged for border wall funding amid the federal government shutdown that’s lasted nearly three weeks – with his tongue hanging out languidly from his mouth after making a statement.
Viewers reported 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.
Q13 news director Erica Hill said: “This does not meet our editorial standards and we regret if it is seen as portraying the president in a negative light.”
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.”