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Sharron Angle, David Vitter's illegal aliens not quite illegal, photographer says

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Sharron Angle's commercials have been creating quite a stir lately. Her latest accuses Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of giving child molesters Viagra.

But it's her "Thanks, Pal" illegal immigrant commercial, that has a GQ writer and photographer calling foul.

In the ad, a menacing photo of "illegal aliens" stares out in black-and-white from the screen.

The photo also showed up in advertising for Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), with the words "Benefits for Illegals" scrawled beneath the three mens' faces.

Only the photographer says the men were not illegal and had not immigrated to the United States at the time the photograph was taken.

In 2006, journalist Sanjiv Bhattacharya and British photographer Chris Floyd traveled to Altar, Mexico, for a story for GQ magazine on the Minutemen.

The town, Floyd said in a phone interview, is used as a staging post for people who plan to immigrate into the United States illegally. "The entire economy of the town revolves around migrants and their needs. People are buying backpack, water, flashlights, everything you could possibly need to get through the desert."

Floyd tried to take some portraits, but few people were willing to comply. One group of three men finally agreed, but they did not give their names.

They were farmers who had traveled from the far south of Mexico after their entire crop had failed and they were left with nothing to sell. They hoped to cross the border, but Floyd said he never knew if they did.

At that point, "It was a picture of Mexicans in Mexico."

Floyd said as well as using his photograph out of context, he was uncertain how the photograph had been obtained and questioned the legality of the image's use in an advertisement.

It is available on the Getty Web site, but Floyd said it could only be used for editorial work and the purpose of the commercial is clearly advertorial.

The caption for the photograph clearly identifies them as "Mexicans pose for a portrait whilst gathered in the town square of Altar, Mexico." The key words for the photograph do not use the term "illegal," but they do use the term "Mexican Ethnicity."

Critics of Angle have complained the ad is racist. "In its naked appeal to racial animus against Latinos, it rivals the infamous 1988 'Willie Horton' ad deployed against Michael Dukakis," Adam Serwer wrote on the Post's Plum Line.

Bhattacharya sent Floyd the photograph last night after making the connection. "It made me incredibly angry." Floyd said he finally understood what Jon Stewart meant when he said that American politics was akin to people shouting at each other in a wind tunnel.

Sharron Angle has not responded to a request for comment.

By Melissa Bell  | October 8, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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It's no more inaccurate than the Nation's false statements that Lou Dobbs hired illegal immigrants. Interesting to see which gets debunked and which doesn't.

Posted by: tomtildrum | October 8, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I have to keep telling myself...

Self... The powerful, elite, and corrupt, power base in our country are really worried.

They can see that "We the People" have finally turned off OPRAH, Desperate Housewives, and Jerry Springer long enough to see what they are doing to our country and our freedoms.

And all the fallacious stories (like this one) are approved by the editors of the main stream media titans, they are doing everything they can to distort, mislead, and lie about those of us who are standing up to say...THATS ENOUGH, WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE.

But yet, every minute, of every day, of every week, of every month, we continue to get the SAME OLE SAME OLE...

Every time I read one of these stories, or see these crooked career politicians attack ads...




Posted by: btrask3 | October 8, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Not like Sharon Angle gives a damn about anything but her own crazy vision of how things are. Little inconveniences like the law? Well that only matters if she gets caught at it.

Pretty much the playbook for the party of liars.

Posted by: Nymous | October 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: denise4925 | October 8, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What's the matter? Couldn't Angle and Vitter find U.S. citizen Hispanic models for their "scary Mexican" ads? They had to outsource the work to Mexico?

Posted by: eztempo | October 8, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Photographer angry at Angle? Strange! It is usually Angle who is angry at practically everyone and everything.

Posted by: kishorgala | October 8, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Sharon- "I never answer to anyone, anytime, on anything I dont't want to face"- Angle will go down in history as the stupidest wannabe politician ever. Hopefully, she will never be "never heard" from again.

Posted by: valerie14 | October 9, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, who has used the race card and has the same Modus Operandi as Sen. Harry Reid in enacting new laws to maintain illegal immigration,. Voting--YES--on funding Sanctuary Cities (March 2008), even when deaths at the hands of illegal alien criminals has spiraled out of control; Voted—YES--on Comprehensive Immigration Reform--Amnesty; Voted--NO--In declaring the English official language of government; that would save millions of dollars in judicial documents in 176 foreign languages and professional translators for court appearances (June 2007). Voted--YES--on another Guest Worker program (May 2006), resembling the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act gave Amnesty that upped the population and in addition voted--YES--on illegal aliens being able to participate in our Social Security system (May 2006), that is on the rocks now and then providing Social Services to non citizens.

Heaven help us---Americans have worked all their lives so there able to collect Social Security to keep them afloat for the rest of their lives. But Barbara Boxer has attracted the people’s outrage to join the rest of the Liberal crowd to enact this legislation, allowing foreigners who have never paid into this financial pool access to our Social Security? In my view as a Tea Party advocate--ALL these incumbents should be shown the road out of town, tarred and feathered. Federal law already has mandated free health care for anybody, who can dodge the US border Guards, plus education for their children and an overcrowded prison system. Estimates are over a hundred billion dollars a year, with a large proportion spent to support the instant citizenship of babies intentionally born here. None of these massive taxpayer funds cover the draining of public welfare at the State, County and city outpouring of welfare payment in services and cash.

Los Angeles is just one haven for illegal aliens and expenditures will keep skyrocketing upwards, if the majority of Democratic Liberals in Sacramento are not removed. California cannot pay its bills, because the amount expended to support the 2.5 million illegal alien households in the county. In the midterm elections watch cautiously illegal aliens violating federal voting laws. Be particularly observant of absentee balloting, as it’s not that complicated for foreigners to vote and alter the direction of voting numbers. The whole system of "Honor Voting" has been compromised in the last ten years and may have severe implications in close races in LA and in every other precinct across the country.

Posted by: infinity555 | October 9, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

So getting rid of translators in courts would somehow be a good thing? Witnesses unable to testify because they don't speak English is somehow a good idea?

Posted by: fakedude1 | October 15, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

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