Did Obama use the NEA to stump for ObamaCare?

posted at 12:15 pm on September 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The White House has tried to campaign hard for its health-care overhaul, but now allegations have arisen that the Obama administration abused its power by pushing the National Endowment for the Arts into campaigning for it as well.  Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood publishes today the transcript of a conference call hosted by the NEA in which they push grant recipients to speak out on behalf of Obama’s top domestic-policy agenda item.  If true, the White House may have substantiated one of the arguments conservatives use for the abolition of the NEA as well as abused its power — and they have the audio to prove it:

On August 10th, the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and the Corporation for National and Community Service hosted a conference call with a handpicked arts group. This arts group played a key role in Obama’s arts effort during his election campaign, as declared by the organizers of the call, and many on the call played a role in the now famous Obama Hope poster.

Much of the talk on the conference call was a build up to what the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was specifically asking of this group. In the following segment, Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, clearly identifies this arts group as a pro-Obama collective and warns them of some “specific asks” that will be delivered later in the meeting. …

What were the “asks”? They were for this pro-Obama arts group to create art on several hotly debated political issues, including health care:

  • “I would encourage you to pick something, whether it’s health care, education, the environment, you know, there’s four key areas that the corporation has identified as the areas of service.”
  • “And then my ask would be to apply artistic, you know, your artistic creative communities utilities and bring them to the table.”
  • “Again, I’m really, really honored to be working with you; the National Endowment for the Arts is really honored.”
  • “You’re going to see a lot more of us in the next four and hopefully eight years.”

The NEA supposedly is “dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education,” according to its website.  It has nothing at all to do with health care, tax policy, or the environment.  Nor should it; if it belongs in government at all, it should restrict itself to its area of expertise, not abuse taxpayer patronage by becoming a propaganda arm of the current administration.

Does this break the law?  That’s questionable, but it certainly breaks the trust of the American taxpayer.  We do not fund the NEA for it to produce Leni Riefenstahl-type art.  If the NEA wants to go into policy activism, then it should become a private foundation with private funding, and Congress should cut it loose.

The NEA was bad enough when it was using tax dollars to fund such memorable art as placing a crucifix in a jar of urine.  Congress should completely defund the NEA at this juncture and tell the Obama administration to end its attempts to build propaganda machines in the executive branch.

Update: My friend Kerry Picket at the Washington Times wants to activate an Army of Davids to get information on the teleconference’s participants (via Michelle):

We invite bloggers and other interested readers to check out the names on the list for themselves. Some individuals are more well known than others. We’re looking for solid, well-sourced information we can use to expand our coverage and generate new stories. This is an example. Here are some ideas on what to start with:

Is the information about them accurate/up to date?

Have these individuals been involved in Democratic politics?

Are they campaign donors? To whom?

Since the Aug. 10 conference call, have any of these individuals been involved in political activism related to health care, environment or education, the subjects suggested by the NEA in the call?

Are they members of any of the 21 arts organizations that endorsed health care reform two days after the call?

Are any of them involved in other arts groups funded through the NEA or through state-level arts agencies funded by the NEA?

Do they have a history of being involved with dubious causes such as 9/11 “Truther” statements?

How many of them have written for The Huffington Post (we’ve noticed a couple)?

When you’ve got something good, stick links to the supporting information in our comments or a post on your blog or email us at kpicket@washingtontimes.com . We’ll do our best to stay on top of any new information and credit the person who dug it up.

A couple quick things to keep in mind. We’ve already attempted to contact the people on the list, so there is no need to follow in our footsteps. As they respond, we’ll add an updated tally in another post on the Water Cooler. Second, the people on the list are private citizens who were asked to be on a call where a National Endowment for the Arts official went way too far in pushing for artists and arts groups to get behind the administration agenda. The people on the call didn’t neccesarily do anything controversial or wrong. The NEA and the White House are the ones who have gone too far.

Update II: Don’t miss Big Government’s post on Buffy Wicks, who participated in the call and has ties to … ACORN!  Did that background help her pimp for Obama among the artist community?


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Now that BusHitler art is out of fashion, these people need something to do.

Hening on September 21, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Ace says that after speaking with Breitbart…THIS IS THE STORY!!

Ace said AB may have more but doens’t expect it. That this story IS HUGE and for all those who say it is “a whiff” are acting exactly how the MSM would act and want you to act.

Now maybe AB has an angle that the MSM is covering up this story, as in he may have evidence that someone like CNN has known about this for sometime and did not report on it, but it appears that this is the big news.

Remember, we have a DIRECT link from the WH, from Valerie Jarrett, coordinating this whole operation and laws do appear to have been broken.

LordMaximus on September 21, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Now that BusHitler art is out of fashion

ObamaChe is in.

jpmn on September 21, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Try this… Obama is using your tax dollars to pimp Obama Care…

elgeneralisimo on September 21, 2009 at 1:49 PM

OK. Where’s the surprise?

changer1701 on September 21, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Am I the only one that finds this “controlled release” strategy – Brietbart coordinating in the shadows with multiple big conservative blogs for a strategic release at precisely noon on Monday – as creepy as when the left’s “Journalist” crowd does it?

The Lone Platypus on September 21, 2009 at 2:07 PM

changer1701 on September 21, 2009 at 2:07 PM

It violates the Law. If Obama knew about it and did nothing, dereliction of duty. If he ordered it, it is Nixon territory.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Is Yosi whispering sweet nothings into Obama’s ear? I can just hear him say, “You’re so hot.” It worked on John Edwards!

NathanG on September 21, 2009 at 2:09 PM

I’m working on some counter-artwork to post on my Flickr site. Here’s my first. Anyone have other ideas?

BKeyser on September 21, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Read the whole transcript. The involvement of Jarrett and the White House is clear. Buffy is just the messenger–this is a well thought out plan from the top to take over every agency in DC and use its resources to push the president’s political ambitions.

I change my opinion: this is indeed stunning.

PattyJ on September 21, 2009 at 1:48 PM

It’s convoluted compared to the slam dunk of th Acorn tapes but it’s there.

the_nile on September 21, 2009 at 2:12 PM

BKeyser on September 21, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Not bad, I can see that on a billboard. Problem is, the left probably thinks that it’s cool to “serve” Obama like he was king.

petunia on September 21, 2009 at 2:13 PM

OK. Where’s the surprise?

changer1701 on September 21, 2009 at 2:07 PM

The full transcript.

the_nile on September 21, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Read the whole transcript. The involvement of Jarrett and the White House is clear. Buffy is just the messenger–this is a well thought out plan from the top to take over every agency in DC and use its resources to push the president’s political ambitions.

I change my opinion: this is indeed stunning.

PattyJ on September 21, 2009 at 1:48 PM
It’s convoluted compared to the slam dunk of th Acorn tapes but it’s there.

the_nile on September 21, 2009 at 2:12 PM

The problem is there is no hook to get the public to really pay attention. Without that we can’t hold congresses feet to the fire.

petunia on September 21, 2009 at 2:15 PM

The President Conspired to break the law. Impeachable offense, ten times more impeachable than Staingate.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 2:16 PM

With ACORN and the NEA, it sure as shit is impeachable, however it has got to grab the public or the left just ignores and the public forgets.

ORconservative on September 21, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Am I the only one that finds this “controlled release” strategy – Brietbart coordinating in the shadows with multiple big conservative blogs for a strategic release at precisely noon on Monday – as creepy as when the left’s “Journalist” crowd does it?

The Lone Platypus on September 21, 2009 at 2:07 PM

You might be. The strategy is brilliant.

Breitbart is “coordinating in the shadows”? I love it. What were Bernstein and Woodward doing during all those late-night editorial meetings at the Post? Better yet, what do you call it when the taxpayer-funded NEA joins in a secret conference call with ideologically compatriot artists to nefariously encourage the development of propaganda?

Yes, keep “coordinating in the shadows,” Andrew! And splash the results all over the sunlit public square.

rrpjr on September 21, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Call/email your congresscreatures to defund the NEA, immediately.

Schadenfreude on September 21, 2009 at 2:18 PM

The President Conspired to break the law.

Even if we could put Obama right there in the room, nobody’s going to impeach a president over a Hatch Act violation. It’s just not that big a deal.

The Lone Platypus on September 21, 2009 at 2:21 PM

The President Conspired to break the law. Impeachable offense, ten times more impeachable than Staingate.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 2:16 PM

+1 I think this has real legs. It’s not as sexy as pimps and hos, so it may not grab the public’s attention. But I’m an attorney and I see real potential. I think motivated prosecutors and reporters could have a field day here. The problem is finding motivated prosecutors and reporters. I’d like to know what laws have been broken destroying evidence of this call.

flyfisher on September 21, 2009 at 2:22 PM

The problem is there is no hook to get the public to really pay attention. Without that we can’t hold congresses feet to the fire.

petunia on September 21, 2009 at 2:15 PM

I thought so about van jones , but this is worse .

the_nile on September 21, 2009 at 2:22 PM

ABC News radio just ran a short bit on the embezzlement at ACORN without mentioning mean right wingers attacking them or otherwise covering for them. The worm may be turning for ACORN even with the dinosaur media. It’ll take a long uphill battle to get this NEA story there, especially since it lacks the visceral impact of the ACORN videos.

rsrobinson on September 21, 2009 at 2:23 PM

I have a hard time believing this will garner much public interest, b/c frankly I can’t generate much myself.

changer1701 on September 21, 2009 at 1:41 PM

I would tend to agree if it weren’t for two things…

Up until last week, most average Americans had no idea who Acorn was, so they didn’t have the built up disgust for them that many conservatives did. That alone made the Acorn story much more exciting for those of us who’ve hated Acorn for ages.

Second, a lot of average Americans dislike the NEA – for a number of reasons. All you have to do is remind folks of all the disgusting projects their tax dollars have funded thru the NEA in the past. And if this story gets spun as “Obama uses NEA and taxpayer money to push his agenda” it will definitely have legs.

Meezles on September 21, 2009 at 2:24 PM

flyfisher on September 21, 2009 at 2:22 PM

I wasn’t alive when Nixon was around but I heard it took time for it to pick up steam.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Call/email your congresscreatures to defund the NEA, immediately.

Schadenfreude on September 21, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Or demand an investigation… Waxman’s no longer in charge, but elgeneralisimo is certain that they will investigate direct violations of Federal law by the Administration… BWHAHAHA !!!

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
U.S. House of Representatives
2157 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-5051

elgeneralisimo on September 21, 2009 at 2:25 PM

The problem is there is no hook to get the public to really pay attention. Without that we can’t hold congresses feet to the fire.

petunia on September 21, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Yeah, I’m wondering about that too.

changer1701 on September 21, 2009 at 2:27 PM

changer1701 on September 21, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Keep pushing it, keep developing, keep investigating it and this can take the Administration down. And Congressional Democrats will take flack just from being the same party. All in time for 2010 and 2012 where you see ’94 writ large.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 2:31 PM

The NEA was bad enough when it was using tax dollars to fund such memorable art as placing a crucifix in a jar of urine.

The entire Obama agenda should come packed in a jar of urine, including the agenda pusher himself.

Secure it all in box full of manure and it will be the perfect package.

NoDonkey on September 21, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Somewhere on the internet this morning a website (may have been AB’s) posted the participants in the conference call and asked that people start investigating the individuals. This story is not sexy but it is indicative of the total coruption.

ORconservative on September 21, 2009 at 2:35 PM

By following the link, I came across a Wakeup Walmart form letter which I modified a bit. Wouldn’t it be cool if many others modified it as well and sent letters using Wakeup Walmart’s own website?

Here is the link: http://wakeupwalmart.com/feature/stop-supporting-hate-speech/#letter

And my modification:

Dear Doug McMillon,

It has come to my attention that your company is a major financial supporter of Fox News, host of the Glenn Beck Program.

In the wake of accusations of race-baiting against Glenn Beck when he exercises his Constiutional rights as a journalist and citizen, I protest your recent decision to pull Walmart’s ads from the Glenn Beck Program. However, I greatly applaud your continuing support of Fox.

It is neither acceptable nor appropriate that Fox or Glenn Beck show any remorse when Glenn Beck exercises his Constiutional rights. And, it is imperative that we make it clear to political organizations that they cannot use business to stifle our free exercise of Constitutional rights.

Please restore funding to the Glenn Beck Program and let Fox and the United States of America know that you are willing to take a stand to protect freedom of speech and of the press.

Thank you for your consideration,

Concerned Citizen

http://heirsinhope.blogspot.com/

Drusilla on September 21, 2009 at 2:35 PM

We do not fund the NEA for it to produce Leni Riefenstahl-type art

Were it not for her association with a certain former German Chancellor, I think Ms. Riefenstahl would be recognized and acknowledged for the genius she was. Don’t forget, when Clinton, Gore and their wives made their 1993 inauguration day appearance accompanied by Aaron Copeland’s “Fanfare For The Common Man”, the setting (the camera angles and framing of the subject, not the music) was a copy of what was originally done by Riefenstahl for Hitler. Having said that, I’ve been in favor of de-funding the NEA since the summer of 1981. My wife and I had gone to DC and we were visiting various Smithsonian museums. When she saw what passed for art in the Art Museum, she was laughed so loudly I had to remove her from the building.

oldleprechaun on September 21, 2009 at 2:36 PM

If the left has no problem with this, then it is time to get government support for the National Rifle Association, Heritage Foundation, Family Foundation…
 
What troubles me most about this is that the left seems to have zero problem breaking the law and subverting the truth when it suites their ideology. This is the beginning of any country’s fight for survival. When truth is relative, laws are meaningless.

ClanDerson on September 21, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Even if we could put Obama right there in the room, nobody’s going to impeach a president over a Hatch Act violation. It’s just not that big a deal.

The Lone Platypus on September 21, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Laws that leftists don’t agree with never are.

Fighton03 on September 21, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Ace is mulling another aspect of this:

What was a rep for Winner & Associates doing on that conference call?

flyfisher on September 21, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Isn’t his an abuse of power?

Sharr on September 21, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Beck had a show on this last month.
Every day it seems like there is new discoveries of corruption with this administration.
It makes me sick.

Jason58 on September 21, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Sharr on September 21, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Abuse of Power? Like you will not believe. Worse than what the Federal Government did with TARP and taking over General Government Motors.

But more than that it is violation of the Law. And they tried to cover this up using their buddies in the MSM to stage manage it.

This is the melding of political campaign with government policy.

This is the sort of things that bring down Presidents.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 2:44 PM

The NEA is the largest single funder of the arts in the United States. This government agency has the power and ability to fund arts organizations and recently expressed a desire to return to funding individual artists, bringing more from the group into the pool of potential grantees.

The NEA did encourage a handpicked, pro-Obama arts group to address issues under contentious national debate. That fact is irrefutable.

This practice has never been the historical role of the NEA. The NEA’s role is to support excellence in the arts, to increase access to the arts, and to be a leader in arts education. Using the arts to address contentiously debated issues is political subversion. And the fact that the White House played a role in encouraging the arts to address contentious issues should also be considered a government overreach.

Okay, tax money goes to NEA. NEA, from the White House no less, co-opts artists to do the White House’s bidding and produce cool products for health care, energy, environment etc. NEA has the power to fund, and NOT fund various arts endeavors. Would be interesting to do a FOIA to see the origins of UNfunded projects over the last 8 mos and juxtapose them with the FUNDed projects. Moreover, the starving artists are sucking off the government teat, now, doing Obama’s bidding and getting paid our money. That is fundamentally wrong–is it illegal, I don’t know, but it sure is wrong and corrupt.

ted c on September 21, 2009 at 2:53 PM

We’d better not get all of these wacko organizations defunded or Obama will find all of the funding he needs for universal health care.

mattshu on September 21, 2009 at 2:56 PM

Barack Obama is so brillig with his slithy toves
He does gyre and gimble in the wabe
All mimsy are his borogoves
And his mome raths do certainly outgrabe

Cheshire Cat on September 21, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Whoa nellie. We don’t need to defund it. We just need to set some boundaries.

AnninCA on September 21, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Welcome to the North American Banana Republic.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 2:58 PM

That is fundamentally wrong–is it illegal, I don’t know, but it sure is wrong and corrupt.

ted c on September 21, 2009 at 2:53 PM

It has to be illegal , but with the new law of banana republic it doesn’t really work like that.

the_nile on September 21, 2009 at 3:00 PM

This is the sort of things that bring down Presidents.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Not likely… a few people will get fired or resign before the axe falls. At best Republicans can argue that the NEA is now a poisoned well and cut off funding, but elgeneralisimo sees a low probability of that happening… increased oversight most likely…

elgeneralisimo on September 21, 2009 at 3:00 PM

The hook is Buffy’s statement that she is here on behalf of the White House and that she is relaying their plans.

The byte will take 10 seconds, but it’s devastating.

PattyJ on September 21, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Not likely…

Then IMAO, the Republic has fallen.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Whoa nellie. We don’t need to defund it. We just need to set some boundaries.

AnninCA on September 21, 2009 at 2:57 PM

You think it’s worth borrowing money from the Chinese for that. You’re kids going to pay for it , one way or the other or both.

the_nile on September 21, 2009 at 3:03 PM

This just HAS to be illegal.

drjohn on September 21, 2009 at 3:07 PM

How much does the NEA get annually? Scratch that, the figure isn’t important–the better question is why the hell are we funding fingerpaints and art projects for lefties out of good ol’ capitalist earned taxpayer cash?

We’re getting screwed how many times on this? Three–first, getting taxed to pay for NEA, second, it goes for culturally dubious projects and THIRD, it is paying to further an agenda that is essentially discriminatory.

The federal government has laws/guidance on hiring and funding practices-such as EO and non-discriminatory guidelines on contracting etc. This shouldn’t be any different. It begs the question of what projects were unfunded over the last 8-9 months? Were any of them in favor of policies that run against the grain of Obama? If so, is the federal government opening itself up to charges of discrimination in the arts? The government can’t do that—it can’t discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation OR artistic affiliation, can it? Are there any starving right wing artists out there that could use some NEA funds?

ted c on September 21, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Can you imagine if Pres. Bush had come to . . . let’s say . . . defense contractors and said that if you put your influence behind us . . . we will make sure you are “appreciated”? If it was on tape . . . it would be on rewind 24/7 on the alphabet networks and cable shows.

Voter from WA State on September 21, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Hmm. Good point.

If the left had Cheney or his staffers on the phone from the White House saying “I’m IN THE White House” trying to get Halliburton/KBR to “use their talents” to “further the agenda” it would be disastrous for the Bush White House. You’re right, it’d be a huge play through the MSM and everyone in America would hear about it 15 seconds after it was released.

ted c on September 21, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Does this break the law? That’s questionable, but it certainly breaks the trust of the American taxpayer. We do not fund the NEA for it to produce Leni Riefenstahl-type art. If the NEA wants to go into policy activism, then it should become a private foundation with private funding, and Congress should cut it loose.

FYI – biggovernment.com now specifically states that the teleconference violated two laws:

(1) 19 U.S.C. §1913, which states:

No part of the money appropriated by any enactment of Congress shall, in the absence of express authorization by Congress, be used directly or indirectly to pay for any personal service, advertisement, telegram, telephone, letter, printed or written matter, or other device, intended or designed to influence in any manner a Member of Congress, a jurisdiction, or an official of any government, to favor, adopt, or oppose by vote or otherwise, any legislation, law, ratification, policy, or appropriation, whether before or after the introduction of any bill, measure or resolution proposing such legislation, law, ratification, policy or appropriation …

(2) 31 U.S.C. §1352, which bans use of

funds appropriated by any Act [from being] expended by the recipient of a Federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement to pay any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with any Federal action …

Time to appoint an independent prosecutor??

Bru on September 21, 2009 at 3:25 PM

On further review, FWIW, it’s a Big Hollywood post cross-posted through biggovernment.com.

Bru on September 21, 2009 at 3:27 PM

ted c on September 21, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Ted, if you go to the NEA website you can grab their .xls that shows “discretionary grants” (big bucks there) but if you click the tab that shows major projects? Zip. Zero. Nada. Posted today.

Since it is a .gov site, be careful that your IP doesn’t catch the cookie cooties.

Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 3:28 PM

if the lists are true, its quite sad to see the CFO of Giant Robot was part of the call. I really love that magazine

Doctor Zhivago on September 21, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Posted today. Scrubbed today

Since it is a .gov site, be careful that your IP doesn’t catch the cookie cooties.

Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 3:28 PM

as always, thanks for the info. You’re great.

ted c on September 21, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Whoa nellie. We don’t need to defund it. We just need to set some boundaries.

AnninCA on September 21, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Yes, defund the NEA. Keep the National Endowment for the Humanities. They support historical projects. The NEA, however, is not needed.

NathanG on September 21, 2009 at 3:36 PM

ted c on September 21, 2009 at 3:31 PM

http://www.nea.gov/recovery/nea-recovery-plans-reports.htmlTry this

Key West Reader on September 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM

(1) 19 U.S.C. §1913, which states:

No part of the money appropriated by any enactment of Congress shall, in the absence of express authorization by Congress, be used directly or indirectly to pay for any personal service, advertisement, telegram, telephone, letter, printed or written matter, or other device, intended or designed to influence in any manner a Member of Congress, a jurisdiction, or an official of any government, to favor, adopt, or oppose by vote or otherwise, any legislation, law, ratification, policy, or appropriation, whether before or after the introduction of any bill, measure or resolution proposing such legislation, law, ratification, policy or appropriation …

Bru, thanks for posting that. This is interesting. White House attempting to influence members of congress and jurisdictions using money appropriated by Congress. I’m no lawyer, nor did I go to Harvard (though sometimes I can be perfectly clear), however, this could look like it is illegal.

ted c on September 21, 2009 at 3:37 PM

ted c, you’re welcome.

Bru on September 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM

JD Lasica who represents SocialBrite was on the call. Not only does he mention Valerie Jarrett’s participation, but he also tracks it back to Michelle Obama, via United We Serve.

Buy Danish on September 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Let’s get some of these NEA artists to produce 3 story high banners of Obama in the style of those produced in the USSR and China of Mao, Stalin and Krushchev. It would be a glorious demonstration of our love for our leader of hope and change. We could use them in a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue next year on May 1st.

stefano1 on September 21, 2009 at 3:41 PM

anyone check out DailyKOS or HuffPo on this yet? Or even more head splitting, Democratic Underground?

Doctor Zhivago on September 21, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Abuse of Power? Like you will not believe. Worse than what the Federal Government did with TARP and taking over General Government Motors.

But more than that it is violation of the Law. And they tried to cover this up using their buddies in the MSM to stage manage it.

This is the melding of political campaign with government policy.

This is the sort of things that bring down Presidents.

Holger on September 21, 2009 at 2:44 PM

Yeah it has a VERY NIXONIAN feel to it all. But of course the accepted narrative is that only Nixon can be corrupt.

If the President had an -R beside his name, media, and Nancy Pelosi not to mention Hillary herself would be calling to impeach.

Sharr on September 21, 2009 at 3:43 PM

Still trying to figure out do these people participate and simply ignore that the money they get from taxpayers is only intended for apolitical purposes? Or do they really not get the conflict of interest when they use our hard-earned money for their own partisan agenda?

pjean on September 21, 2009 at 3:45 PM

Here’s my letter to my two Senators. Feel free to borrow.

Dear Senator Feinstein:

I assume you’ve heard of the release today of the stunning audiotapes by the Big Hollywood website revealing that the National Endowment for the Arts coordinated with “independent” artists to encourage the production of political propaganda to advance the Obama White House’s “aggressive agenda.”

As a taxpayer and American, I’m outraged. I demand a congressional investigation into how this scandalous breach of trust took place, and to examine what deeper connections and involvement between the NEA, the White House and various community groups around the nation might be going on as we speak.

This is taxpayer money being used to finance and generate political propaganda. What could be more distasteful, and even dangerous, in a liberal society? As you may know, the alliance of government authority and the artistic community is a hallmark of fascism. Every conscientious American should be asking questions and demanding answers.

Can I expect your vigorous inquiry into this matter on behalf of the taxpayers of California?

rrpjr on September 21, 2009 at 4:03 PM

rrpjr on September 21, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Nice letter. I’ve used it as a template to communicate with my senators and congressman.

Thanks.

R Square on September 21, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I’ll use the letter too. Frankly, I hope heads are exploding over this.

ORconservative on September 21, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Frankly, I hope heads are exploding over this.

…as they frantically try to figure out Breitbart’s next volley, who said what to whom and what response won’t backfire.

Oooooh, LORDy! DEE-LISH-US.

tree hugging sister on September 21, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Judging from that picture; Strong had his nose in the wrong spot. If he’d placed it properly he still might have a job… I’m just sayin”.

Deckard on September 21, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Obama’s regime should fund NEA to erect B Hussain’s 30 ft tall statues in every city, before 2010.
Then by the end of 2010 we can do this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lj1BqtcbKM

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Am I the only one that finds this “controlled release” strategy – Brietbart coordinating in the shadows with multiple big conservative blogs for a strategic release at precisely noon on Monday – as creepy as when the left’s “Journalist” crowd does it?

The Lone Platypus on September 21, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I don’t see that Breitbart’s strategy is ethically distinguishable from a newspaper that runs a 5-part story over several days.

Bru on September 21, 2009 at 5:34 PM

I could not find the caption of the picture that accompanied the thread. Was it: “After waking up to the ugliness called Michelle days after days, Barry is ready for some man-love.” ?

bayview on September 21, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Looking at the picture heading this thread,
does that dopey t-shirt call Obama a “boy” ?

RACIIIIIIST

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 6:10 PM

The easiest and most straight forward solution is to rename the NEA the Ministry of Propaganda. Truth in advertising.

ssrrray on September 21, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Whoever did the transcript cut up some of the names. Anyone have a Breitbart contact?

This is Marc Ecko….a clothing designer.

http://www.shopecko.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=2846009

He’s got one as Keyones…that would be Quinones.

njpat on September 21, 2009 at 7:05 PM

bayview on September 21, 2009 at 5:48 PM

That sort of thing can get you flounced.

The Monster on September 21, 2009 at 7:11 PM

That sort of thing can get you flounced.

The Monster on September 21, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Why? It isn’t like he hasn’t been accused of it already. One guy took him to court.

njpat on September 21, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Looking at the picture heading this thread,
does that dopey t-shirt call Obama a “boy” ?

RACIIIIIIST

macncheez on September 21, 2009 at 6:10 PM

It says homeboy which is racist. Would he say that about Biden?

CWforFreedom on September 21, 2009 at 7:50 PM

while it’s all very creepy and I haven’t gotten through the whole transcript – this is the statement that makes my skin crawl:
Page 8

“You are the thought leaders. You are the ones that, if you create a piece of art or create a campaign for a Company, and tell our Country and our young people fort of what to do and what to be in to; and what’s cool and not cool”.
- Mike Skolink

I am not naive, and I know this is how a product has been sold for decades now, but….I’m sorry, creepy factor x100

seesalrun on September 21, 2009 at 8:11 PM

ACORN. RICO

NEA. USC and Hatch Act.

BitterClinger on September 21, 2009 at 9:13 PM

IMPEACHMENT

bluegrass on September 21, 2009 at 9:17 PM

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