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'Artists' as Servants of Power
WSJ ^ | 9/21/2009 | James Taranto

Posted on 09/21/2009 5:47:42 PM PDT by markomalley

Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood is out today with new details on the National Endowment for the Arts scandal, including a full transcript and audio recording, as well as a CliffsNotes summary by John Nolte, of the notorious Aug. 10 conference call in which administration officials urged artists to help promote President Obama's legislative agenda.

Formally, the call was led by Michael Skolnik, who is not a government employee. But Skolnik declares at the start of the call that he is acting on behalf of the administration:

I have been asked by folks in the White House and folks in the NEA about a month ago in a conversation that was had. We had the idea that I would help bring together the independent artists community around the country.

Several administration officials also participate in the call: Nell Abernathy of United We Serve, part of the Corp. for National and Community Service; Buffy Wicks of the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Yosi Sergant, then communications director for the NEA (he has been "reassigned" since the scandal broke).

The administration participants seem to realize that they are treading on shaky ethical and legal ground. When one artist asks Abernathy "what we can do to help on critical advocacy issues like health care reform, cap-and-trade policy," she replies:

Yeah, I can address that a little bit, and the reason only a little bit is largely because in my role at a federal agency, I'm precluded from going too far down the specific steps what people can do to advocate. . . .
I could get that information to Michael [Skolnik] and he could get it out. We can't sort--as a representative of the corporation, I'm not capable of giving you more guidance than just sending you to the right person.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


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Good to see at least some SRM outlet provide a little bit of coverage to this...even if only in the online version.

'Course, the fact that the WSJ is owned by News Corp wouldn't have a thing to do with it, would it?

1 posted on 09/21/2009 5:47:43 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

The government has become nothing more than an arm of the Democrat Party.


2 posted on 09/21/2009 5:53:24 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com ............. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: markomalley

This is too chillingly like the use of “state” artists in Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union who made “approved” forms of art to glorify the state.


3 posted on 09/21/2009 6:32:06 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: GeronL

I want to know what this “Corporation” is all about?


4 posted on 09/21/2009 6:42:56 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: markomalley

What else is new - film, stage, letters have all been beholden to the left for a loooooong time.


5 posted on 09/21/2009 6:50:36 PM PDT by blackminorca
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To: markomalley
It's been done before:

Photo Essay

Artists were being subsidized during FDR's day, too, and used as propaganda tools.

6 posted on 09/21/2009 6:56:29 PM PDT by Defiant (Hey socialists-- We're right, we fight, get used to it.)
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To: markomalley

Wait... is this the “big thing out of left field” that Brietbart was going to break?


7 posted on 09/21/2009 9:09:39 PM PDT by Feline_AIDS (Boop boop hoop yeah!)
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To: markomalley
anti-Palin Astroturfer on NEA call

.....Winner and Associates, a PR firm not an artist, rewarded for anti-Palin attack video!

See Ace of Spades: http://minx.cc/?post=292597

I've got to go.....somebody post this article if you have time...this is gonna be huge!

8 posted on 09/21/2009 9:32:35 PM PDT by cookcounty (Videos? What videos? ....The First ACORN President has no comment.)
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To: cookcounty

BTTT


9 posted on 09/22/2009 3:55:29 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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