Monday, November 5, 2007

Campaign Video of the Day -- November 4, 2007

Today I thought we would live on the wild side. Today's campaign video is from Mitt Romney. It is called Experience Matters. On the surface it is just another routine swipe at Hillary, but it is more. It is at the center of a controversy between the candidates and Fox News.

For those who haven't been paying attention Fox News has issued cease and desist letters to all of the candidates telling them not to use footage from Fox News in their ads. Mitt Romney takes the position that using such footage is "fair use." Today's video is still running after Fox News' cease and desist letter. Fox News is apparently considering legal action.

Win, lose or draw, Fox News has far more at stake here than Romney. While the cease and desist letters might have sounded good to Roger Ailes during a three martini lunch with the head of his legal department, denying candidates use of their images on Fox News shows is extraordinarily dangerous for Fox. Even if their legal position is sound, the Democrats have already stopped using Fox News to host debates. I suspect the Republicans may now shun Fox as well. Fox management is lucky Fox News is owned by Rupert Murdock so management doesn't have to answer to a bunch shareholders or a board of directors interested in making a profit. They would not be amused.

Posted to YouTube by tpmtv.

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