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No, the White House did not intentionally edit Putin out of a video



MSNBC's Rachel Maddow led her show Tuesday night with an explosive allegation: Trump's administration had intentionally buried a question asked Russian President Vladimir Putin during last week's news conference in Helsinki. Not an insignificant question, either. Putin wanted to trump to win.

"We can report that the White House video has also been skilfully cut out of the Reuters Reporter .

Here's her report.

So she noted that the White House's written transcript also excludes the question. Here's what that transcript says.

PUTIN: Options abound and

REPORTER: And did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?

PUTIN: (As Interpret.) Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the United States-Russia relationship back to normal.

Here's the Thing: That's how The Post's transcript of the news conference reads. Ours came from Bloomberg Government and ours, "President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election."

What happened? If you watch the videos, it's pretty clear. At some point in the middle of that question, there's a switch between the feed and the feed from the translator.

You can hear the same audio in The Post's feed, starting at about a minute in.

We did not edit the question out.

In this version of the news conference posted by Fox News, you can hear something different. translator muted and in the background.

But more importantly in that video, you can hear the actual switch-over [19659018] If you're wearing headphones, you'll find it's audible in the right earpiece. At first, the right channel is only the translator. Mid-question, the reporter is suddenly heard in both left and right as the translator feed drops out. Notice, too, that Putin then picks up his earpiece – through which he translates into his right ear.

Our transcript and the White House's were apparently based on the feed only in the right channel , A White House official told CNN's Abby Phillip that's transcript "Mason's audio turned up in time," Jeff Mason said.

This is not a conspiracy from the White House. While the White House certainly has a track record of misrepresenting facts, this has been a remarkably futile revision of reality to attempt. As it turns out, they did not.


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