News: On Sunday, former President Bill Clinton got into an angry verbal joust with FOX News’s Chris Wallace, who questioned his record in going after Bin Laden. Things deteriorated to the point where President Clinton accused Wallace of carrying out a “conservative hit job” on him.
Highlights of the verbal joust were shown on all the networks Sunday night. FOX News put the video up on its website. Eventually, clips made their way onto YouTube and other sites. At some point today, however, FOX News, as the copyright owner, reportedly asked YouTube to remove all the clips of the interview from its site. YouTube did, consistent with its policy of taking down copyrighted content when notice is provided by the copyright owner. YouTube had a message indicating: “This video has been removed at the request of copyright owner Fox News Network, LLC because its content was used without permission.” (More here)
Now, however, it appears that clips of the interview have resurfaced on YouTube. (See here) This suggests either that FOX News had a change of heart and is allowing the clips to be played on YouTube, or other users of YouTube have posted the clips more recently.
Analysis: It’s hard not to be a little bit cynical about the entire interview, on both sides. A lot of hullabaloo is being made over what seems to be a pretty insignificant event from a news or policy standpoint. For what it’s worth, I think FOX News should just let the clips run freely on the Internet. The clip has already aired so much on TV on different networks. It will only help promote their news division to allow the clips to play freely on the Internet.