NBC and Tom Brokaw have criticized Mitt Romney’s campaign for using NBC Nightly News footage from 1997 in a Newt Gingrich attack ad.
“The NBC Legal Department has written a letter to the campaign asking for the removal of all NBC News material from their campaign ads,” NBC News said in a statement to Politico, adding that a similar note had gone out to all other campaigns that had used NBC materials.
The clip shows Tom Brokaw’s coverage of then-Speaker Gingrich’s ethics charges.
Mr. Brokaw, speaking for himself, said, “I am extremely uncomfortable with the extended use of my personal image in this political ad. I do no want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign.”
Today Romney’s camp told reporters they believe the ad falls within fair use standards and do not intend to take it down.