NBC tells Romney campaign to take ad featuring Tom Brokaw off the air

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In case you missed it over the weekend, Mitt Romney is in big trouble with the liberal mainstream media NBC, thanks to the above campaign ad, which consists entirely of old footage of Tom Brokaw reporting on Newt Gingrich's 1997 ethics hearing. 

Since it began airing, Brokaw released a statement saying, "I am extremely uncomfortable with the extended use of my personal image in this political ad. I do not want my role as a journalist compromised for political gain by any campaign." NBC released its own statement:

"The NBC Legal Department has written a letter to the campaign asking for the removal of all NBC News material from their campaign ads. Similar requests have gone out to other campaigns that have inappropriately used Nightly News, Meet the Press, Today and MSNBC material."

Given all the publicity it's already generated, the Romney campaign is reluctant to pull the ad, which lawyers say falls under fair use. But this morning on the Today show, Romney said, "We'll sit down with the lawyers, talk to the folks at NBC, and make a decision on that front."

As usual, it's unclear which of the two candidates comes out looking worse from this. Ruthless, calculating, silver fox Romney, or ruthless, calculating, doughy Gingrich? Decisions, decisions.