NBC News today is requesting that the Romney campaign remove NBC material from an ad that went up yesterday in Florida attacking Newt Gingrich for 1990s-era House ethics charges.
The ad prominently features then-NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw reporting in 1997 on the ethics charges at the top of the Nightly News broadcast that evening, Politico reported this morning.
“The NBC Legal Department has written a letter to the campaign asking for the removal of all NBC News material from their campaign ads,” said Lauren Kapp, NBC senior vice president for marketing and communications, in a statement. Kapp added, “Similar requests have gone out to other campaigns that have inappropriately used Nightly News, Meet the Press, Today and MSNBC material.”
Brokaw also released a statement voicing his personal concerns.
“I am extremely uncomfortable with the extended use of my personal image in this political ad,” he said. “I do no want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign.”