WVUE FOX 8 takes issue with Mary Landrieu's latest ad in the U.S. Senate race. It centers around Landrieu's allegation that Cassidy was being paid as a doctor at LSU while he was also in Washington voting on congressional issues.
In the ad attacking Bill Cassidy, Mary Landrieu's campaign used this snippet from FOX 8 News with John Snell:
Here's the full context of what Snell read during last Friday's 10 p.m. broadcast:
Just days before the runoff election, FOX 8 objects to what we believe is a misrepresentation in the ad, and we have formally asked the Landrieu campaign to pull the spot.
Landrieu's campaign manager, Ryan Berni, defends the ad that's running statewide, saying: "The ad is factual. Bill Cassidy is simply trying to distract voters from the fact that he took more than $100,000 in a taxpayer-funded salary for work he didn't do. Louisianans deserve to know the truth."
UNO political scientist Ed Chervenak says it toys with a journalist's credibility.
"Well you're almost giving sanction to the ad," Chervenak said. "He's almost like an authority figure, if you will. He's a public figure. They probably want to plant the respect he's developed as an anchor and use that in their ad. I'm not sure if that's ethical or not."
We reached out to Bill Cassidy's campaign, which says it has nothing to add.
FOX 8 is legally obligated to run the Mary Landrieu ad.
We should mention that six years ago when Mary Landrieu's Republican challenger, John Kennedy, used John Snell's image in a campaign ad, FOX 8 objected to that, as well.