Inforwars' contributor is connected with a doctored video of a tussle between CNN’s Jim Acosta and a White House intern over a microphone. The interaction occurred during president Trump’s contentious Nov. 7 press conference and was a major reason cited by the White House for the suspending of Acosta’s press pass. The doctored video appears to speed up the motion of Acosta’s arms to emphasize the severity of his gestures. The video, which was shared on Twitter by White House communications chief Sarah Sanders, was previously shared by Paul Joseph Watson, who has produced conspiracy-theory videos for Infowars, according to the Washington Post. While Watson calls charges that the video was doctored a “brazen lie,” several other sources told the Post that it looked like some part of the video had indeed been altered. CNN vp of communications Matt Dornic criticized Sanders’ “absolutely shameful” sharing of the video in a Tweet. “You released a doctored video—actual fake news,” he added. “History will not be kind to you.”
Discovery’s acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive took a bite out of its third-quarter earnings, but the company reports that factors including U.S. advertising growth exceeded expectations, sending its stock to a 52-week high. The company posted earnings of $117 million (16 cents per share) for Q3 2017, compared with $218 million (38 cents per share), in the year-ago period. Discovery acquired Scripps earlier this year, adding such networks as HGTV, Travel Channel and Food Network to a stable that included the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC and OWN. In September, the bulked-up Discovery signed deals with both Sling TV and Hulu to carry its programming.
Dish Network, which has at least temporarily stopped carrying HBO and Cinemax on its Dish TV and Sling TV services due to a dispute over carriage fees, lost 341,000 total subscribers in the third quarter. That’s considerably higher than the consensus estimate of 232,000 net customer losses reported by research firm FactSet. While Sling TV, which lets users livestream broadcast and cable content, gained 26,000 subscribers, Dish TV suffered a 367,000 subscriber drop. According to a CNBC report, 2.5 million of Dish’s 13 million customers subscribe to HBO or Cinemax. AT&T, which owns both HBO and Cinemax also owns DirecTV, a satellite TV rival to Dish.