Thursday, September 11, 2008

McCain Campaign Gets Caught Playing Dirty Trick, CBS Gets McCain Ad Yanked

The McCain campaign got caught trying to put words in CBS anchor Katie Couric’s mouth by using her words incorrectly in an ad regarding Barack Obama's "lipstick on a pig" comment. Apparently, the statement that Couric was making had absolutely nothing to do with Obama's comment or the situation, despite the ad's attempt to infer it did. As a result, CBS had the ad pulled from YouTube, and probably the ad will not be aired on television any longer either, seeing that it completely misrepresented Katie Couric’s words.

The McCain campaign really botched trying to create phony outrage over the “lipstick on a pig” comment. It seems to have backfired.

Oh, and by the way, never mess with Katie Couric!

CBS Tells YouTube to Pull McCain Ad
Posted by Ira Teinowitz on 09.10.08 @ 04:10 PM

WASHINGTON ( -- A John McCain campaign web ad that used a clip of CBS News anchor Katie Couric to chastise Democratic candidate Barack Obama has been pulled by YouTube, because of CBS's copyright complaints.

Campaign officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the YouTube page that had contained the ad now has a message saying, "The video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by CBS Interactive."

The ad remains on the McCain campaign website.

A CBS News spokeswoman today declined to discuss whether the network had also asked the campaign to remove the ad.

"CBS News does not endorse any candidate in the presidential race. Any use of CBS personnel in political advertising that suggests the contrary is misleading," she said.

By the way, I couldn’t find the ad on the McCain web site anymore so it may be pulled there as well.

Here’s a YouTube video on the story which has some of the ad in it; catch it while that one is still up:

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