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CBS Complains, YouTube Takes Down McCain Ad Using Couric

A John McCain campaign Web ad that used a clip of CBS News anchor Katie Couric to chastise Democratic candidate Barack Obama has been pulled by YouTube, because of CBS’ copyright complaints.

Campaign officials did not immediately return a request for comment, but the YouTube page that had contained the ad now has a message saying, “The video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by CBS Interactive.”

The ad remains on the McCain campaign Web site.

A CBS News spokeswoman today declined to discuss whether the network had asked the campaign to remove the ad.

“CBS News does not endorse any candidate in the presidential race. Any use of CBS personnel in political advertising that suggests the contrary is misleading,” she said.

The new McCain Web ad ripped Sen. Obama for a “lipstick” comment on the campaign trail Tuesday and used a quick-cutting technique to switch among three videos.

The first video featured Mr. McCain’s VP running mate Sarah Palin’s convention speech in which she joked that the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom is lipstick. The second featured Sen. Obama saying, “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” The Obama campaign has said the comment was about the economy.

The third video featured Ms. Couric, saying, “One of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued and accepted role of sexism in American life.”

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