The Art of Agitprop*
posted at 8:31 am on September 22, 2009 by Slublog
As I was reading the transcript of the now-infamous conference call between government officials and various artists, something occurred to me.
Mike Skolnick, the artist asked by the White House to coordinate the effort said in his view, part of the group’s task was “to support some of the president’s initiatives, but also to do things that we are passionate about and to push the president and push his administration.”
What’s interesting is that not a single government official on the call corrected him, or objected to his statement. It’s almost as though the president’s ‘I won/anything goes’ rhetoric has trickled down to his staff.
As Andrew Klavan points out, there are limits, and not just legal ones.
*h/t to Mere Rhetoric for suggesting a better word than propaganda.