Sarah Palin ‘lipstick pig’ attack advert removed from YouTube after complaint
September 11, 2008
The advert was made in response to a remark made by the Democratic candidate in which he appeared to compare Sarah Palin, Mr McCain’s running mate, to a lipstick-wearing pig.
It features a brief quote from CBS news presenter Katie Couric attacking the “continued and accepted role of sexism in American life”.
The placing of the extract appears to imply that Couric was referring to Mr Obama’s jibe, when the clip was actually taken from a discussion recorded several weeks ago about the coverage of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The video has now been taken down by YouTube, which is owned by Google, after complaints from CBS.
Users clicking on the link are met with the message: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by CBS Interactive Inc.”
The advert, which ends with a picture of Mr Obama and the words “Ready to lead? No. Ready to smear? Yes”, is still prominent on the official McCain campaign website, and duplicates have been uploaded onto YouTube by other users despite the CBS complaint.
Mr Obama has denied that his “lipstick pig” comment was a reference to Mrs Palin.
A CBS spokesman said: “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.”