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There is a good reason for this: A changed quote represents an altered draft of history in the making, however insignificant that particular story might be. It changes news into public relations, and it stands the relationship between journalist and news source on its head.

What if George Romney – the father of the current Republican candidate for U.S. President, Mitt Romney – had in 1967 been allowed to edit his televised remark that he had been “brainwashed” by the U.S. military when asked why he changed his position on the Vietnam War?

The remark effectively ended his campaign for the presidency. 

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