John on September 21, 2009 at 10:04 am
Big Hollywood has its NEA expose up. Patrick Courrielche writes:
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.
I find it hard to believe that the very intelligent meeting organizers would think that this pro-Obama arts group would produce bipartisan art about health care at a time when the administration was losing a national debate on that very issue. As any parent can tell you, if you give your child a key to the candy drawer they’ll end up with a sugar high.
Were there artists on the call that would create imagery extolling the benefits of offshore drilling? Were there any musicians who’d drop an electro dance anthem warning of the Road to Serfdom that awaits us if we let government create universal health care?
Head over to Big Hollywood and listen to the audio. The NEA, like all government funded programs, has always been a liberal hothouse. But in this case it goes beyond like-mindedness. The White House made an effort to leverage NEA funding and turn it into propaganda art for its policy priorities, especially health care. There’s a simple remedy to insure this never happens again. Defund the NEA.
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