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News Aug 22, 2021 8:26 PM EST

FAKE NEWS: Trudeau Liberals share manipulated video about Conservative campaign

The video posted by Freeland is manipulated to exclude crucial comments from O'Toole.

FAKE NEWS: Trudeau Liberals share manipulated video about Conservative campaign
Angelo Isidorou Vancouver, British Columbia

Update: Twitter has officially slapped the label of "Manipulated Media" on Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland's video. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party campaigned all Sunday on this talking point, including Freeland sending out a mass mailer and Trudeau speaking in public, spreading the disinformation.


The Liberal Party campaign is in hot water after it was revealed Sunday that Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted out a manipulated video of Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole.

The video in question is from an interview O'Toole did during the 2020 leadership, in which he describes his position on healthcare.

In the manipulated video, Freeland makes it looks as though the Conservative leader is promoting for-profit private healthcare.

Soon after the tweet went live, Twitter users found the original video and exposed the fact that the Liberal campaign misled voters.

The host of the edited video herself, Kate Harrison, said: "As the person who asked the question, I'm disappointed to see the video was manipulated to exclude important context." She then posted the full video for context.

The Conservative Party itself also corrected the record on Twitter, regarding the altered video. In the original interview, then-leadership candidate O'Toole states that he is fully in support of the Universal Healthcare system in Canada. "We need to ensure universal access remains paramount," O'Toole said in the original interview. This portion was, however, selectively edited out of the Liberal Party version of the video.

One Twitter user went as far as to point out exactly how the Liberal campaign doctored the video, using small portions of sentences from the original transcript.

At the time of publication, the original video remains up and active on Twitter.

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