TV political ad question

Garrett Wollman
Fri Aug 3 23:24:04 EDT 2012

<<On Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:28:47 -0400, Richard Chonak <> said:

> Come to think of it: is using TV news clips in a political ad 
> qualitatively different from using newspaper clippings and quotations in 
> an ad?

Yes, because the newspaper bits are often attributed only to the
newspaper (if even that) and not to the individual writer.  What
writers you do see quoted by name tend to be opinion columnists and
editorialists, rather than straight news reporters.  And of course,
newspaper headlines are written by (uncredited) copyeditors and not by

Television anchors and reporters rarely make a business of
editorializing on the air.  To the extent they do, what they say
(although not necessarily their image) ought to be as much fair game
as any other opinionated bloviator.


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