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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

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For Fox to complain about "objective" misrepresentation is ludiocrous coming from a network so skewed toward the Tea Party that it might as well be the Lipton network.

September 17 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Fox is complaining that its "apparent objectivity"" is being compromised? That's absolutely hilarious!!!!!

September 17 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

Questions don't mean a lot without the answers. I didn't see the answers included.

September 17 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

So Fox was questioning a candidate thoroughly as they always do and the opponent used that video. hmm.. trying to pull a fast one on Fox news fans but it didn't work. Chris Wallace should stop her from using it because it can take away credibility and trust in Fox if viewers took it for what it seemed. sounds like both candidiates in that race are no good and should kicked to the curb. GO FOX news, I'm happy you're protecting the network's reputation, Fox has earned it's super high ratings and that should be protected. In Tucson we have candidates claim they got police/fire endorsements when they didn't. politicians are liars.

September 17 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply


September 17 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

So Fox got OutFoxed!

September 17 2010 at 1:22 PM Report abuse -33 rate up rate down Reply

I don't think she was trying to use an excerp of the Wallace/Blunt interview to suggest that Fox was endorsing her. I think she was using it to show Blunt's record and how he wheeled and dealed with Delay, et al. Blunt was very much a part of the GOP movers and shakers at that time and the public should be reminded of how the elected "serve" the electors! Seems like allof them only have two goals. Get elected (or re-elected) then make deals to insure a good job as a lobbyist or consultant after they leave office.

September 17 2010 at 1:08 PM Report abuse +27 rate up rate down Reply

Fox news doesn't seem to like when the tables are turned on them...

September 17 2010 at 12:57 PM Report abuse -23 rate up rate down Reply
Uncle Eddy

Fox hates when it gets a taste of its own medicine

September 17 2010 at 12:46 PM Report abuse -27 rate up rate down Reply

Hello, did anyone ever hear of "public domain?" As in, we the public own the airwaves and no one has proprietary ownership of a TV clip??? Otherwise, how would Jon Stewart be able to cull the absurdities of Fox News on a nightly basis???

September 17 2010 at 12:40 PM Report abuse -20 rate up rate down Reply
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