Horwath's...Integrity Gap - Doctored Quote Misleads

TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Andrea Horwath and the NDP deliberately altered a controversial quote, changing its meaning, all in a desperate attempt to mislead the media.

Yesterday, Andrea Horwath angrily stood by Antony Marco, her candidate in Niagara West-Glanbrook, who says Naziism is just another "religion" and those who dedicate themselves to opposing it are "pretty messed up."

Horwath insisted that Marco's comments had been taken out of context, but the NDP-issued transcript is itself misleading and altered.  The NDP deliberately left the impression with an altered transcript that Marco would burn an Adolf Hitler book:

"But there are a couple that I would suggest burning, and it's not even from an ideological perspective. Like 'oh, burn stuff by Adolph Hitler…' Whatever."

There's one big problem with this. It leaves out key words that change the meaning of Marco's sentiment.  The biggest is the word "no."  Here is Marco's full quote:

"Maybe someday I should throw books away, but I don't throw them away.  But there are a couple of ones that I would suggest burning.  And you know what, it's not even from an ideological perspective, it's not even like 'oh well, burn stuff by Adolf Hitler,' no.  Whatever. If you want to read that stuff, read that stuff."

The full audio of Marco's podcast can be found here (http://bit.ly/pmVQO8 - go to the 7 minute mark) and it's clear that Horwath's team consciously and deliberately removed the word "no" and replaced it with an ellipsis.

If Andrea Horwath and the NDP are so convinced that Marco didn't do or say anything wrong, why are they changing his words? And why did they order his entire website removed?

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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