Footage used in a YouTube video posted this morning by the DCCC called “Holiday Cliff” comes from iStockVideo video b-roll originally filmed in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, a region in southeastern France. The video attempts to attack Republicans on the Fiscal Cliff issue, a debate in which President Obama and his Democrats are currently refusing to cut spending or fix broken entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security – despite a $16 trillion national debt and four straight years of $1 trillion deficits.
Using footage from a country whose Socialist president recently raised income tax rates to 75% and presides over a 10.7% unemployment rate in order to make a policy point about how spending is not a problem in the U.S. doesn’t seem like a great idea to us. But perhaps it’s fitting in that the Democrats’ insistence on going over the fiscal cliff will send our unemployment rate closer to the French levels of nearly 11%.
Here’s a screenshot from the DCCC’s video:
Which matches a screenshot from the iStockVideo website:
This iStock video can be found by searching for, among other keywords, “France,” “Mountain Range” and “Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur.”
Here’s a close-up if you can’t read that:
The other way to find the video would be to search in the Lightbox for “France,” which shows the DCCC’s clip in the first row, second from the right here.
The region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is a French administrative region in the south-east of the country. It includes the French Riviera and is “famous for its sunny weather, colourful countryside, tradition, wine, food, and language (Provençal),” according to travel site WikiTravel.org.
BTW, the DCCC paid between $146 and $169 depending on the HD quality they originally selected before applying a lame Instagram-like filter to the footage: