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Excerpt from Pre-game Report: The NEA Conference Call Mike Flynn and John Nolte, Big Government blog, September 20, 2009

On August 25th 2009, Big Hollywood’s Patrick Courrielche broke the story of a conference call he attended with other “rising artist and art community luminaries"...
Courrielche describes the call this way:
Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama’s call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were “health care” and “energy and environment.” The service was to be attached to the President’s United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans.
It sounded, how should I phrase it…unusual, that the NEA would invite the art community to a meeting to discuss issues currently under vehement national debate. I decided to call in, and what I heard concerned me.
Within 48 hours of this phone call, 21 arts organizations endorsed President Obama’s health-care reform plan.”
But, there is even a larger issue that hasn’t yet received much attention in the press. Among the Obama Administration officials on the call were Buffy Wicks, Office of Public Engagement and the lead White House official on the President’s Serve.Gov initiative to promote national service. Also on the call was Nell Abernathy, Director of Outreach for Serve.Gov. One of their main goals on the call, it seems, was to encourage artists to produce works that would reinforce the President’s call for service; specifically through the Serve.Gov web-portal.
As Dana Loesch recently reported at Big Government, the Serve.Gov portal funnels citizens to volunteer or service projects connected with ACORN and other leftist groups. The taxpayer-funded website is evolving into a cyber-recruitment tool for the progressive movement.
So what did happen on that call? Was the NEA coordinating with the White House to push their agenda on a group of artists eager for and reliant upon the NEA for grants, or is the NEA telling the truth that this call “was not a means to promote any legislative agenda”?

Links to news and commentary

Art Politico: My Interview with Bill Ivey, Leader of President Obama’s Arts Transition Team Lee Rosenbaum, ArtsJournal.com, February 11, 2009

A glimpse inside the Obama arts policy Andrew Taylor, The Artful Manager, June 23, 2009

Bill Ivey Talks About Obama and the Arts and Whether America Should Have a Secretary of Culture Douglas McLennan, Diacritical, June 23, 2009

The National Endowment for the Art of Persuasion Patrick Courrielche, Big Hollywood blog, August 25, 2009

Art for Obama Kerry Picket, The Washington Times Water Cooler blog, August 27, 2009

Film Producer Accuses NEA of Enlisting Artists to Push Obama's Domestic Agenda Joshua Rhett Miller, Fox News, August 28, 2009

What the NEA Says Vs. Documented Facts Patrick Corrielche, August 31, 2009

United We Serve: Should the Arts be Politically Exploited? Lee Rosenbaum, ArtsJournal.com, September 2, 2009

EDITORIAL: The NEA's Partisan Work for Obama The Washington Times, September 6, 2009

Who Set Up Government "Propaganda" Conference Call? Newly Revealed White House, NEA Audio Contradict Patrick Courrielche, September 8, 2009

A Head Rolls at the NEA: Communications Director Asked to Resign — UPDATE: ‘Reassigned’ Not ‘Resigned’ John Nolte, Big Hollywood.com, September 10, 2009

The NEA Lies Again Kerry Picket, The Washington Times Water Cooler blog, September 10, 2009

The Public Deserves Answers from the NEA Patrick Corrielche, Big Hollywood.com, September 10, 2009

$2 million Behind National Endowment for the Arts Politics Push Kerry Picket, The Washington Times Water Cooler blog, September 10, 2009

Yosi Sergant, Administration Aide Demoted: Glenn Beck Strikes Again Huffington Post, September 10, 2009

Commentary: NEA's call equivalent to political pep rally George Will, September 18, 2009

Breitbart: Prepare for a blockbuster from left field Patrick Ishmael, Hot Air Green Room, September 19, 2009

Breitbart Promises New Bombshell from Left Field Patterico's Pontifications, September 19, 2009

What's Breitbart Got Next? Mickey Kaus, Kaus Files, Slate.com, September 19, 2009

Breitbart Bombshell Set to Explode? QandO blog, September 20, 2009

Pre-game Report: The NEA Conference Call Mike Flynn and John Nolte, Big Government blog, September 20, 2009

BREITBART: The Politicized Art Behind the ACORN Plan Andrew Breitbart, The Washington Times, September 20, 2009

A roundup of the NEA propaganda scandal. Moe Lane, September 21, 2009

After ACORN Breitbart Promises NEA Scandal Michael van der Galien, Poligazette, September 21, 2009

Andrew Breitbart's Stake in the Heart Doug Ross Journal, September 21, 2009

Another Big Labor Operative in White House Has ACORN Ties Don Loos, Big Government.com, September 21, 2009

ANOTHER White House/Artist Meeting?: ‘Department of Alternative Thinking’ Proposed Publius, Big Government.com, September 21, 2009

Audio: the White House and the NEA are caught working together to push Obama’s agenda Kim Priestap, September 21, 2009

BREAKING from Breitbart's Big Hollywood: New Audio Reveals White House Used NEA to Market Ultra-Partisan Propaganda Doug Ross Journal, September 21, 2009

Breitbart Does it Again Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, September 21, 2009

Breitbart: NEA Conference Call, Your Tax Dollars, And Artistic Coercion–UPDATED Dr. Melissa Clouthier, September 21, 2009

Breitbart's Bombshell: NEA, White House in on Taxpayer-funded Politicized Art Mondo Frazier, DBKP, September 21, 2009

Breitbart’s Next News Drop: The NEA, the White House, The Lies and the Cover-Up Patterico's Pontifications, September 21, 2009

Conference Call Transcript Implicates Fed Art Agency in Government Co-Opt of Arts Community Dana Loesch, Big Government, September 21, 2009

Demand Congressional Investigation: NEA Conference Call Broke Laws Ben Shapiro, Big Government, September 21, 2009

EXPLOSIVE NEW AUDIO Reveals White House Using NEA to Push Partisan Agenda Patrick Courrielche, Big Government, September 21, 2009

Fasten Your Seatbelts Breitbart Promises MSM a Bumpy Week B.Daniel Blatt, GayPatriot.net, September 21, 2009

‘Hannity’: Breitbart, Courrielche Discuss NEA/Obama Connection Publius, Big Government, September 21, 2009

HmmMMMM!: Winner & Associates Was on NEA Conference Call Ace of Spades, September 21, 2009

How to Corrupt Artists in One Quick and Easy Telecon Nick Gillespie, Big Government, September 21, 2009

Is the NEA conference call scandal about to go wider? (UPDATED) Brutally Honest, September 21, 2009

It's the Cover Up, Not the Crime: NEA, White House Lied About Nature of Conference Call Ace of Spades, September 21, 2009

Limbaugh: White House Using Fed Arts Agency to Push Obama Agenda Publius, Big Government, September 21, 2009

NEA ABC’s: You Can Help Dr. Melissa Clouthier, September 21, 2009

NEA and SEIU Diverted Forced Union Dues to Corrupt ACORN Offices Publius, Big Government.com, September 21, 2009

NEA = Ministry of Propaganda QandO, September 21, 2009

Propaganda, Health Care and ACORN: Full Context of NEA Conference Call Reveals Disturbing Pattern John Nolte, Big Government.com, September 21, 2009

RUSH TALKING NEA CALL Audio and Transcript of NEA Propaganda Art Conference Call Released Ace of Spades, September 21, 2009

Tax-paid propaganda Don Surber, September 21, 2009

Taxpayer-Funded Propaganda: The ABC’s of the NEA Conference Call Mike Flynn, Big Government, September 21, 2009

The Rest of the Story Power Line, September 21, 2009

The story to watch this morning, folks, is the developing one about the NEA Bookworm Room, September 21, 2009

The White House National Endowment for the Arts and More Do It Yourself Vetting Michelle Malkin, September 21, 2009

Washington Times Turns to RightRoots for NEA Investigation NewsBusters, September 21, 2009

Why Is the Allegedly Nonpartisan NEA Chatting With The Maker of 'SuperBarack'? Jim Geraghty, National Review Online, September 21, 2009

After 'Inappropriate' NEA Conference Call, White House Pushes New Guidelines Jack Tapper, ABC News, September 22, 2009

Astroturfing the NEA: Winner & Associates in on the Scheme? Rusty Shackleford, Big Government, September 22, 2009

BREAKING: White House Officials to Make Sure ‘Inappropriate’ NEA Conference Call ‘Never Happens Again’ Publius, Big Government, September 22, 2009

NEA Conference Call: Who is Buffy Wicks? Matthew Vadum, Big Government, September 22, 2009

NEA ‘Health Care Resource’ Links to 501(c)(3) Organization Demanding ‘affordable guarantee-issue insurance’ John Nolte, Big Government, September 22, 2009

Politics Aside, Propaganda isn’t Pretty Doug O'Brien, Big Government, September 22, 2009

Earn Big $$$ the NEA Way! Iowahawk, September 23, 2009

NEA communications director resigns after propaganda pitch The Politico, September 24, 2009

The George Will Art Conspiracy Still Titled, September 24, 2009

Watchdogs Wary of Early Push by White House to 'Politicize' NEA Fox News, September 24, 2009

‘Pioneer of Guerrilla Marketing,’ Specialist in ‘Leveraging’ Arts Community for Health Care Issues Coincidentally in on NEA Conference Call Rusty Shackleford, Big Government, September 25, 2009

Audio/Video

Audio of Kerry Picket call to Yosi Sergant The Washington Times, September 1, 2009

Buffy Wicks Introduces USAservice.org YouTube, January 6, 2009

George Will: NEA Call for ‘Recovery Agenda’ Art Likely Broke Some Laws Breitbart.tv, September 6, 2009

Michael Savage Interviews Andrew Breitbart on ACORN Investigation -(Part 2 of 2)- September 18, 2009 YouTube, September 19, 2009

EXPLOSIVE NEW AUDIO Reveals White House Using NEA to Push Partisan Agenda Patrick Courrielche, Big Government, September 21, 2009

WHITTLE/OTT/GREEN: Obama's NEA: National Endowment for Assimilation WHITTLE/OTT/GREEN, Pajamas TV, September 23, 2009

Other Resources

List of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Direct Grants List of "nonprofit arts organizations...receiving grants to support the preservation of jobs that are threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn," NEA.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Second Round of Grants for FY 2009

National Endowment for the Arts Website NEA.gov

Rock the Vote Health Care Design Contest Rock the Vote.com

Rock the Vote Health Care Position Rock the Vote.com

NEA Link to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Direct Grants July 7, 2009

Statement from National Nonprofit Arts Organizations in Support of Comprehensive Healthcare Reform August 12, 2009

Transcript of call from Kerry Picket, Washington Times, to Yosi Sergant, NEA, regarding invitation to August 10, 2009 conference call Washington Times, September 1, 2009

Timeline: Path to Political Propaganda at the NEA Kerry Picket, The Washington Times, September 10, 2009


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