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Previously: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Oops, who let those gay people into my town hall? (June 30, 2011)

The Photographer’s Right

….The general rule in the United States is that anyone may take photographs of whatever they want when they are in a public place….

….Basically, anyone can be photographed without their consent except when they have secluded themselves in places where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy such as dressing rooms, restrooms, medical facilities, and inside their homes….

….anyone has the right to approach a person in a public place and ask questions….

The right wingnut cult of of the victim:

@paulvseale Paul Seale

@eyokley At least @RepHartzler was smart enough to pick up on an ambush attempt. The camera looked at and odd level – as if to hide it. 15 hours ago

Uh, watch the video, read the transcript, the camera wasn’t hidden:

….Third party: Are you, are you taking pictures, video?

Person on camera: Yeah, sure.

Third party: Okay….

The person on the camera:

@personman personman

@paulvseale BTW, I had filmed @rephartzler’s entire event, so it was no ambush. Alex asked a question in a public place. All above board. 1 hour ago

@paulvseale Paul Seale

@personman If I were Hartzler I would in no way “respond” either. Not when the ambush was solely meant as a form of gotcha. 37 minutes ago

Seriously? An elected official at a public event? A question on an issue of public interest is an “ambush”. Really?

@paulvseale Paul Seale

@personman @eyokley If you were not intending to ambush @rephartzler I would advise following normal protocal for interviews. 2 hours ago

Really? Is there some sort of screening process

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): Okay, first of all, are you guys with the Democrats or the Republicans?….

…to insure that constituents can’t ask questions?