CBS’ Schieffer objects to Romney campaign’s ad

The campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney launched this ad yesterday:


Bob Schieffer, CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent and anchor of “Face the Nation” – and the first face you see in Romney’s ad – said yesterday he’s not amused.

“Obviously, I have no connection with the Romney campaign. This was done without our permission. It comes as a total surprise to me,” he said on his show yesterday. “That was a question that I posed to David Axelrod, the president’s campaign manager. I wasn’t stating something there. I was asking somebody else a question.”

Actually, it appears this was a question that Schieffer had posed to former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs during the May 27 show. He did, however, ask similar questions of Axelrod one week later.

I’m not a big fan of journalists’ words being taken out of context to score political points – but then again, Schieffer did choose to pose that question using those words. What are your thoughts?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • JohnW

    It’s hard to argue that this isn’t fair game. Both sides do it. Personally, however, I wish that they wouldn’t. But it’s a good reason why Supreme Court oral arguments should never be televised. Imagine clips from Scalia or Breyer being taken out of context and used in political ads.

    It’s one thing to take stuff from news coverage and use it in political ads, including quotes from the candidates themselves. It wouldn’t bother me if they used material from the blather mouths on NINO (news in name only) channels like Fox and MSNBC. But I don’t like seeing the legitimate news outlets that are trying to practice real journalism dragged into the politics in this manner.

  • Elwood

    Once it leaves Schieffer’s mouth it’s in the public domain and fair game.

    He should get over it. Can you imagine Walter Cronkite having a hissy fit over this?

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Utterly shocking! How dare mere presidential candidates sully the grand traditions of the TV news with their vulgar partisanship! Of course, newspaper headlines are freely exploited by both parties without too much protest.

  • JohnW

    Re: #2

    “Can you imagine Walter Cronkite having a hissy fit over this?”


  • Truthclubber

    @2 —

    What JohnW said.

  • Elwood

    You boys have really active imaginations.