It is not unique to this year’s election season. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is using video clips from television newscasts as part of her advertising campaign. Her most recent ad includes an on-camera introduction- by me- to a news story about her opponent – Monroe County Executive- Maggie Brooks.
The use of such material has raised some viewer questions, which I feel should be addressed.
If you are impartial, why did you let them do it?
I and the station had no choice. Because she is a Federal Candidate, we cannot- by law- alter the content, nor can we refuse to run the ad.
Did you supply the on-air clip?
No. The video was taken – off the air- from our television broadcast. We did not provide it.
Does this mean you are endorsing Louise?
No. I have never endorsed a candidate for political office and will not do so as long as I am reporting the news.
I hope this clarifies the situation. I have no party affiliation. I am registered "Blank". I have always been proud of my impartiality on the air and have mentored other reporters in presenting fair and balanced reports. I have done that since I began my career at Channel 13- 46 years ago. I have no intention of changing now.