It’s bad form to kick people when they’re down- though it can be very gratifying. Still, it makes one look more noble to come to the defense of the downtrodden.
Also, it tickled me to have a good reason to give a column a title like this. It doesn’t happen every day.
Anyway, I’d like to say a few rare words in defense of the Democrat National Committee regarding this current flap with a couple of news networks:
Late Thursday afternoon, NBC News and CBS News requested that that the Democratic National Committee pull the campaign video in question. The DNC, through a spokesman, says that the matter is under consideration.
NBC released a statement Tuesday afternoon. “The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has included an edited excerpt from a Meet the Press interview with President Bush that was broadcast on February 8, 2004 as part of their promotional campaign to be used as a web video and shown in battleground states. NBC News does not authorize its copyrighted footage to be used for partisan political purposes. NBC News did not, and does not, license use of our material for these purposes and we have asked the DNC to cease and desist immediately from using the excerpt.”
Screw the networks. The DNC are absolutely within rights here. Generally, quoting a news source is fair use. Further, this is right in the middle of that. The president of the United States says something publicly, then expect to have it quoted.
Indeed, this doesn’t even look halfway close to a copyright violation, and it doesn’t make sense that these networks are pushing this.
Perhaps CBS in particular would be better served to expend this energy instead into just trying to make sure that their broadcasts are factual to start with.