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Interesting email from Michael Skolnik about the NEA call

The Washington Times obtained a partial list of participants for the August 10 teleconference call hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House, and United We Serve.  The list was apparently sent out by Russell Simmons's political director Michael Skolnik.  

Editorial: NEA's artful dodgers

Last month, a top NEA official gathered artists and arts organizations in a conference call that also included a White House official and clearly asked the arts community to get behind the administration's agenda, including the current top priority health care. A mere 48 hours after the request, 21 art organizations led by an arts lobbying organization, Americans for the Arts, released the first of two public statements endorsing health care reform and urging Congress to act.

Myrick critical of NEA conference call

Since the controversial August 10th teleconference call led by the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve, Rep. Sue Myrick's (R-N.C) spoke out on the August 10th conference call

(UPDATE: NARAL Responds to Mich. Shooting)National Right to Life Committee withholds attack, unlike NARAL

Following the murder of Doctor George Tiller, a Wichita abortionist, NARAL Pro-Choice America released a statement that was not only heavily political but also attacked pro-life activists as well.  Today in Owosso, Michigan, pro-life activist James Pouillon was shot several times in front of Owosso High School and died.  The National Right to Life Committee's response did not attack their opponents on the issue of abortion but rather emphasized their mission.

Updated: Arts lobby pulls an online houdini

Last night, the Water Cooler pointed out that the Americans for the Art removed audio of Bob Lynch discussing a meeting with new National Endowment for the Arts Chair, Rocco Landesman.  This morning, audio suddenly reappeared.

$2 million behind National Endowment for the Arts politics push

On August 12,  a group of 21 arts organizations endorsed President Barack Obama's health reform plan only 48 hours after a conference call in which a top National Endowment for the Arts official asked arts groups for help in advancing the administration's policy agenda, including health care.

The NEA lies again

Yosi Sergant may not be the National Endowment for the Arts Director of Communication, but his spirit lives on in the misinformation  released by the NEA.  

Who is Yosi Sergant?

Yosi Sergant, Director of Communications at the NEA, is a 32-year old publicist who made headlines himself after promoting Sheperd Fairey, the artist behind the iconic Obama "Hope" poster during the 2008 presidential campaign.