YouTube yanked Mitt Romney’s new web video, featuring audio of President Obama singing a few lines from Al Green’s, “Let’s Stay Together,” yesterday. The video was taken down by YouTube via a copyright claim of BMG Rights Management.
The Daily Caller reported:
According to a release, the video, titled, “Political Payoffs and Middle Class Layoffs,” used news reports to demonstrate that “[i]nstead of working to restore [our] economic security, President Obama is too busy rewarding his biggest donors.”
Perhaps ironically, BMG and Crown/Random House (which published both of Obama’s books, his campaign plan, and Michelle Obama’s new book) are — despite Obama’s concerns about “outsourcing” — all owned by German conglomerate Bertlesmann AG, which bills itself as “the world’s most international media company.”
So it is interesting that the company that pulled down Romney’s web ad shares a German parent company with Obama’s publisher.
According to their Wikipedia entry, “During World War II, Bertelsmann was the biggest single producer of Nazi propaganda.”
Double standard anyone?
Hat Tip Mad Hatter