By KEN PAULSON
First Amendment Center
NBC News has asked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign to stop airing an anti-Newt Gingrich ad that includes an excerpt from a 1997 “NBC Nightly News” report featuring Tom Brokaw.
The political ad shows the former NBC anchor reporting that Gingrich had been reprimanded by the House Ethics Committee.
NBC and Brokaw have protested that the use of the clip violates copyright law and exploits Brokaw and NBC News’ journalistic credibility.