A tiff between NBC News and the Mitt Romney campaign focused on a Romney television commercial that used a clip from a 1997 NBC broadcast reporting on Newt Gingrich’s ethics charges reprimand from the House of Representatives, notes Grumpy Editor.
NBC has asked the GOP presidential candidate to yank the campaign spot that features Tom Brokaw footage.
The clip was used without permission and the extensive use of the broadcast "inaccurately suggests that NBC News and Mr. Brokaw have consented to the use of this material and agree with the political position espoused by the videos," NBC wrote Matt Rhoades, Romney campaign manager.
"Aside from the obvious copyright issues, this use of the voice of Mr. Brokaw and the NBC News name exploits him and the journalistic credibility of NBC News," the letter said.
Brokaw, in a statement released by NBC, said: "I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign."
Associated Press reported the network asked for the campaign to stop running the ad immediately and revise any other videos or commercials to remove NBC material but a Romney adviser said the campaign isn't likely to stop running the spot, arguing the video falls under fair use.
Meanwhile, into the mix, Kyle Drennen, on the NewsBusters website, reminded: "It has now been 4,742 days without an NBC story on Gingrich subsequently being cleared of those (ethics) charges."