A North Carolina House candidate is using edited news footage in his latest TV ad.
Republican Ilario Pantano, a former Marine who's challenging Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), cut from the clips mentions of how he was once charged with murder of two Iraqi civilians while serving during in combat there and that he had worked for the investment bank Goldman Sachs.
The start of Pantano's ad features NBC's Stone Phillips introducing him as someone a superior officer described "as having more integrity, dedication and drive than any Marine he's ever met." But Phillips's interview actually focused on the murder charges against the former Marine.
It then segues into footage of an interview Pantano did with NBC's Ann Curry in June 2006.
Curry says in Pantano's version, "You served in Gulf One, you got out, you got a big, great job … a beautiful wife and a kid, then 9/11 happened, you come home, your hair is shaved off, you’re ready to head back into a war zone to help America."
The actual clip reveals where Pantano worked -- Goldman Sachs. "You served in Gulf One, you got out, you got a big great job at Goldman Sachs, a beautiful wife and a kid, then 9/11 happened, you come home, your hair is shaved off, you’re ready to head back into a war zone to help America."
Pantano was charged by the Marines in 2004 with two counts of premeditated murder, but the charges were dropped a year later and never went to trial. He wrote a book about the experience.
A Pantano spokesman told the Associated Press the clips were likely trimmed to fit into a 30-second ad.