The National Endowment for the Arts’ controversial August 10 conference call included some interesting participants eager to help the NEA, United We Serve, and the White House. According to a partial list obtained by The Washington Times, one of the participants is an employee at former Vice President Al Gore’s Current TV. Mr. Gore serves as chairman to the San Francisco based media company. The media company features user and viewer (a.k.a. VC2 producers) generated short form programming called “pods.” Current was in the international headlines recently when two of its reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were held captive by the North Korean government.
Current TV’s Saskia Wilson-Brown heads up the Filmmaker (VC2) Outreach at Current. Ms. Wilson-Brown describes her beliefs as:
I believe in public funding for the arts and the value of good spelling, empathy, languages, transparency and integrity. I like documentary film, film festivals, the internet, snowboarding, books, languages and ideas.
According to her Current web page, her political bent is “rational leftistish.” She is also a promoter and a producer looking for filmmakers. The Washington Times contacted Ms. Wilson-Brown to comment on her purported participation on the call, but she refused to follow up with a clear response.