A Catholic group objects to Mother Theresa appearing in a biographical video put out by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
It’s pretty small potatoes, as the video features “Mother Teresa standing with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea appears in the five-minute video for only a moment. The video then cuts to a clip of Mrs. Clinton’s address at the 1995 Beijing Conference.”
Having said that, the use of this image in this video does get into a gray area, or at least a potential one. Suppose some beloved, international figure comes to the United States and appears next to a presidential candidate during a meeting. (Think Pope Benedict XVI, or Bono, or whoever is your preferred international icon.) Is it fair for the candidate to use that image? Do those images infer an endorsement or approval?
If any of the Republican candidates had used an image of them greeting Nancy Reagan at the first debate in a commercial, while a narrator called the candidate “the heir to the Reagan legacy”, would we object?