Fox news has sued the Robin Carnahan campaign in some sort of spurious lawsuit about compromising their objectivity (Ha!). Carnahan is facing off against Roy Blunt in Missouri for the seat being vacated by the retiring Kit Bond. Blunt was one of the most
corrupt ethically challenged in congress, frequently on CREW's list. Apparently Fox News does not want anyone reminded of that fact. Strike a nerve much?
Fox News and one of its top journalists have filed a lawsuit against the campaign of Missouri senate candidate Robin Carnahan, alleging that the Democrat used proprietary footage in a campaign advertisement to make it appear that the network was endorsing her.
The lawsuit, filed late yesterday in U.S. District Court in Missouri, claims copyright infringement, invasion of privacy and misappropriation of likeness. Fox News and on-air newsman Chris Wallace are demanding an injunction against further use of the campaign commercial and unspecified monetary damages.
Fox News often has been criticized for its political leanings. The cable news network has recently been charged with getting too close to the Republican party by making monetary contributions to the party's gubernatorial candidates. Now, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled company is breaking new ground, filing a lawsuit against a prominent Democratic politician targeting a practice that has long been common in the political world.
According to the complaint, the commercial was a "smear ad" against Roy Blunt, the Republican nominee for the Missouri senate seat. The spot (entitled "Clean up the House") used footage in a June 15, 2006 interview conducted with Blunt by "Fox News Sunday" host Wallace.
The ad has already been taken down from of Carnahan's website with the message: "The interview with Roy Blunt that Fox News doesn't want you to see has been temporarily removed."
YouTube has also pulled the advertisement after being served a takedown notice by Fox.