Romney video comes down after objection from CNN
October 20th, 2011
10:42 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney video comes down after objection from CNN

(CNN) - A web video released by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign that portrayed rival Rick Perry as bumbling and inarticulate is no longer online.

Romney's campaign says the video was removed after complaints from CNN. The video utilized a number of spliced-together reports from CNN and other news outlets.

"While the use of the CNN clips was fully within our rights under the law, we respect and appreciate the role CNN has played as host in debates over the last several months. For this reason, we are honoring their request to remove the video," Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said in a statement.

CNN says they don't allow their broadcasts to be used in political ads.

"CNN did not consent to the use of its copyrighted material for this ad, and CNN objects to the use of its talent in any campaign ad," CNN said in a statement. "We respectfully requested that the Romney campaign not use CNN material in their campaign ads and they complied."

"Romney's video - titled "Ready to Lead?" – debuted Wednesday following the CNN Western Republican Leadership Conference Debate in Las Vegas. In a press release, Romney's communications office described the video as highlighting "Rick Perry's inability to discuss the issues."

The video showed news reports about Perry's presidential campaign paired with clips of Perry at previous debates.

The news clips included CNN's Carol Costello saying "Rick Perry plunging in the polls, rolling the dice" on the morning after the CNN Las Vegas Debate.

Fox News' Brit Hume is also featured, saying "Perry really did throw up all over himself in the debate."

The debate clips included a moment at a September debate in Orlando when Perry seemed to get lost while criticizing Romney for his stance on abortion.

"Was it - was before he was before the social programs, from the standpoint of he was for," Perry said.

The video also utilized a moment from an October debate in New Hampshire, in which Perry also seemed to stumble over his words.

"Not whether or not we are going to have this policy or that policy. We don't need any plan," Perry said.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. miketofdal

    Hmmm...CNN is creating news, limiting information to the public rather than just reporting it. This is extremely dangerous to free speech – which I thought was the whole purpose of journalism and reporting news.

    October 20, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. cento

    It's funny seeing what the Republican platform is today. When Obama ran, deficits did not matter, wartime/national security experience did, ala Cheney. But considering that President Obama has consistently shown that he can handle these matters better than many previous presidents, the only thing left for Republicans to attack him on is the economy. So its obvious they are taking that cow and running with it, as it is essentially their last hope to hold onto any sort of power in America.

    October 20, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. reaper

    splicing together a video from a source other then your own and using it as a political too is NOT well within your rights. and this isnt limiting free speech, this is like paraphrasing to exploit all the weak points and ignore all the strong points

    October 20, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Sandy

    What a sleaze Romney is, as is this whole republican field.

    October 20, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. ART

    Well the truth does hurt doesn't it ? I mean Perry tstill thinks the earth is flat and the sun revolves around the earth. To quote the great Jackie Gleason Hum-a na , hum-a na, hum-a na thats what pPerry sounded like

    October 20, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Fox News' Brit Hume is also featured, saying "Perry really did throw up all over himself in the debate."

    Ah, yes. FOX News keeping it classy as always. So this is the man [shudder] my home town church newsletter went so far as to "quote", suggesting he be looked upon as a true "christian" source to be listened to ... and admired. Think I'll pass on the Brit Hume experience, thank you kindly.

    October 20, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. jean2009

    The whole purpose of journalism in honestly and fairly reporting news is to unbiasedly do so, and not allow themselves to be a prop or provide support to one candidate over another by allowing them to crop, chop, and splice the news organization's material to creatively suit their campaign purposes.

    I do not see that as creating or limiting information. Since when is allowing their collected report to be cropped, chopped and spliced to put out a virtual falsehood (lie) helpful to free speech? It may be momentarily helpful for the candidate who resorts to that dishonesty, but freedom to create a lie using someone elses' film...hardly.

    October 20, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Debby

    How ridiculous for CNN to take this video down. It was a live debate for the public to watch. Everyone who watched this debate already knew what went on. It will be interesting to see if the Obama campaign does the same thing splice and chop from CNN's debate if they will take that one down, but I truly doubt it.

    October 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. rs

    Yup, a troubling concept for Republicans is copyright. Why is it that Republican candidates keep getting afoul of the concept that they just can't use other people's stuff (even CNN's) without permission?

    October 20, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Veteran

    Romney has lost any support from me that he ever had. I didn't realize how condescending he was until this last debate. We have enough of that in politics today without us voters perpetuating it.

    October 20, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. B

    Race to the Bottom by Republicans as usual.

    October 20, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Sorensen

    This video was not condescending. It was reality. Perry makes even Bush sound like an expert orator.

    October 20, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. catwill

    Couldn't this be an intrusion on "Intellectual Property Rights" without the permission of the owner of said tapes? Spend your money Mr Romney and make your own ads.

    October 20, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. AntiFringe

    You want a video about Rick Perry? Just show a picture of a deer caught in the headlights of a car.

    October 20, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. JoJo4

    Guess CNN pretty much protects their political views by not putting up anything that disagrees with them.

    October 20, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. TSIndiana

    Apparenty Miketofdal you don't know there are copyright laws or is it that you just choose to ignore them? And Debby there are many places you can go to see the entire debate, just not the cut and past version that Romney made up. Romney, given the good Mormon that he is, has no problem plagerizing apparently. Now it's officially pulled.... it can be "leaked".

    Kinda like the illegal aliens mowing the yard...keep enough distance from the wrongdoing to deny it and cut loss, but close enough to benefit until one is called on it. Is plotting to go to the brink of breaking the law a Mormon principle or does old Mitt not really know there are copywrite laws (and positioning as pleasantly isolated in the alien issue)?

    October 20, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. MTATL67

    Why is CNN objecting they are a news organization. It make me uneasy when an organization who's whole purpose is freedom of the press and speech starts complaining and trying to limit the freedom of speech of others. CNN report the new don't become the news or you will end up like FOX no credibility what so ever.

    October 20, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. cathy Forster

    whatever it is not convenient to CNN they take off the air... so tipical. But we have to watch EVERY DAY an interview with Herman Cain... I guess Wolf loves Cain's songs....

    October 20, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |