Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Art of Propaganda: NEA Gets Caught Pushing Obama’s Agenda

Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood has released the full audio and transcript of the National Endowment of the Arts’ (NEA) conference call with pro-Obama artist. On the tapes we learn that the NEA along with White House Office of Public Engagement and the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted a conference call for pro-Obama artists, to get them to focus their talents on promoting key aspects of Obama’s agenda, health care reform being one of the biggies.

Present during the conference was Yosi Sergant former communications director for the NEA (the one who sent out emails announcing the conference call), Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Nell Abernathy, Director of Outreach for Serve.gov and Michael Skolnick, political director for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.

While some may wonder what is the big deal, image this.

If the NEA, the nation’s largest funding source for the arts, is promoting Obama’s political agenda through artwork, what happens to those artists that rely on NEA funding that wish to express an opposite point of view? Furthermore, if the NEA is funding pro-Obama artists, then are we as a nation paying to promote excellence in the arts or are we really paying for artistic shills?

I cannot help but to ask where else are such collaborations with the government being applied? Was the Department of Education trying to do the same kind of thing with Obama’s speech to public school children?

Who knows, until the NEA conference call is examined further we can only speculate. Thankfully The Washington Times is digging deeper.

Via: Memeorandum

Via: Big Hollywood

Via: Big Government

Via: The Washington Times

8 comments:

Teresa said...

Good article!! The NEA promoting Obama propoganda is not a part of their mission. Its about creativity and helping artists to succeed. Art is not about having control over a person's thoughts. Patrick while on Hannity last night, stated that if this had been George Bush having artists promote the war in Iraq then the media would have been all over this story. MSM are a bunch of do nothing hypocrites. I have all 4 parts of the phone call on my blog as well.
This was an article when the story broke a couple weeks ago.
http://teresamerica.blogspot.com/2009/09/nea-obama-new-wave-of-taxpayer-funded.html

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Thank you for continuing to keep us informed.

One Ticked Chick said...

You make excellent points and I don't want one penny of my taxes paying for Obama's propaganda.

Clifton B said...

Teresa:

Art is not about having control over a person's thoughts.

This is why I am surprised that the left is not up in arm over this. So many on the left are artistic, you would think that they would rail against having their artistic visions subverted. I guess the left is willing to forgive all sins so long as a D appears after the name of the sinner.

BTW love your blog

Clifton B said...

Aunt Amelia:

My pleasure!

Clifton B said...

One Ticked Chick:

To make matters worse, it isn't even our pennies being wasted, it is our children's and grandchildren's pennies. I said it before and I will say it again, the spending we are doing is immoral!

Teresa said...

Clifton,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the compliment. I found your blog a a couple of weeks(or so) ago and really love your blog. And, am following I like it so much. Have a great day!!

Clifton B said...

Teresa:

You are quite welcome Teresa and thank you for following ABC!

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