Hot on HuffPost:

See More Stories

Fox News Sues Democratic Senate Candidate Robin Carnahan Over Ad

3 years ago
  0 Comments Say Something  »
Text Size
Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan is being sued by Fox News and its host Chris Wallace, who allege that the Democrat used proprietary footage in a campaign commercial to give the appearance that the network endorsed her.

The complaint, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Missouri, claims copyright infringement, invasion of privacy and misappropriation of likeness, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the lawsuit. Fox News and Wallace are seeking an injunction against further use of the television ad and unspecified monetary damages.

The ad used footage of Carnahan's opponent, Republican Roy Blunt, from a June 15, 2006 interview conducted by Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

In the clip, Wallace says to Blunt: "You just said a moment ago that you have to show that you're the party of reform but some question whether you are the man to do that. In 2002, you tried to insert language into the Homeland Security Act to help Phillip Morris tobacco [company] while you were dating that company's lobbyist. And your campaign committee's paid $485,000 to a firm linked to lobbyist Jack Abramoff."

Wallace then asks Blunt, "Are you the one to clean up the house?"

Court papers call the spot a "smear ad" against Blunt. The network says that by using the Wallace interview, "Defendant harmed the value of the original work by compromising its apparent objectivity."

The ad has been removed from Carnahan's website. YouTube also pulled the spot after being served a notice by Fox, the Reporter said.

The Carnahan campaign has not commented on the lawsuit.

The use of TV interviews and other similar footage is common in campaign commercials.

Read the full court complaint here.

Watch the ad here.

Filed Under: Ads, Media, 2010 Elections

Our New Approach to Comments

In an effort to encourage the same level of civil dialogue among Politics Daily’s readers that we expect of our writers – a “civilogue,” to use the term coined by PD’s Jeffrey Weiss – we are requiring commenters to use their AOL or AIM screen names to submit a comment, and we are reading all comments before publishing them. Personal attacks (on writers, other readers, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, or anyone at all) and comments that are not productive additions to the conversation will not be published, period, to make room for a discussion among those with ideas to kick around. Please read our Help and Feedback section for more info.

Follow Politics Daily

  • Comics
Featuring political comics by Robert and Donna TrussellMore>>
  • Woman UP Video
politics daily videos
Weekly Videos
Woman Up, Politics Daily's Online Sunday ShowMore»
politics daily videos
TV Appearances
Showcasing appearances by Politics Daily staff and contributors.More>>