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NBC's Andrea Mitchell publicly shamed the Obama campaign today for using NBC News footage to attack Mitt Romney.
As POLITICO reported Saturday, NBC News sent a letter to Obama campaign manager Jim Messina last week asking the campaign to stop using network footage in a new 30-second spot, released shortly after Wednesday’s debate, in which Andrea Mitchell is shown on air citing an independent analysis that Mitt Romney’s tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over 10 years.
Mitchell addressed that complaint on her MSNBC program today, but added that the Obama campaign ommitted portions of the clip in which she "pointed out exaggerations and/or misstatements" made by President Obama.
"Some viewers might be understandably confused by the fact that the Obama campaign is airing a commercial right now including a video clip of me fact-checking Gov. Romney after last week's debate," Mitchell said. "You should know that NBC News has not granted either campaign permission to use our news material, and immediately requested that the campaign refrain from using NBC News material in this and future advertisements."
"In this case the Obama campaign uses only a short clip from a Truth Squad report that in fact pointed out exaggerations and/or misstatements that both candidates had made during the debate," she said. "Just wanted to make that clear."
Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt told POLITICO earlier today that the campaign had received the complaint and was reviewing NBC's concerns. He referred POLITICO to the same statement when asked for a response to Mitchell's remarks.