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September 21, 2009

Audio and Transcript of NEA Propaganda Art Conference Call Released



Rush has this and should be playing some "key elements" in the next hour.

Buffy Wicks, White House Deputy Director of Public Engagement and Aide to Valerie Jarret, Involved. Interestingly enough, Wicks used ACORN to protest Wal*Mart in the past. Not sure that really has anything to do with this scandal or is merely some incestuous background.

Mistakes Were Made: And perhaps laws were broken, as George Will opined a few weeks ago.

Slublog thinks maybe so:

Hmm. Guess what the Hatch Act prohibits?

(a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b), an employee may take an active part in political management or in political campaigns, except an employee may not --

(4) knowingly solicit or discourage the participation in any political activity of any person who --

(A) has an application for any compensation, grant, contract, ruling, license, permit, or certificate pending before the employing office of such employee;

I haven't had a chance to listen to the long conference call yet. I think the news here is twofold.

1, the medium is the message. You will now get to hear a White House official and an Obama-appointed NEA flunky (who just happened to be Sheppard Fairley's manager, by the way -- you know, the HOPE poster guy) telling a somewhat captive audience of artists dependent on NEA grants to talk up health care and green energy.

2, I'm not sure if this was tipped or revealed before, but an actual official in the White House, Buffy Wicks, was part of this. And she doesn't make policy. She executes policy created above her pay grade.

The NEA flunky -- Yosi Sergeant -- was the designated fall-guy for his. He was reassigned. But it had not been revealed previously (I think) that someone actually in the White House was part of this.

Here's some of her statements:

“I just first of all want to thank everyone for being on the call and just a deep deep appreciation for all the work you all put into the campaign for the 2+ years we all worked together.”

“We won.”

“I’m actually in the White House and working towards furthering this agenda, this very aggressive agenda.”

“We’re going to come at you with some specific asks here.”

“I hope you guys are ready.”

Next Quote: "Obviously a big area is health care.... Second was energy and the environment...."

Breitbart's Twitter Page Targets Buffy Wicks: Interesting.

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