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This week, Glenn Beck has broadcast a series of shows covering the National Endowment for the Arts’ attempt to influence artists to participate in propaganda programs for the Obama Administration (see videos below). To be specific, Beck did several interviews with Patrick Courrielche, a blogger for BigHollywood.com. During the interview, Mr. Courrielche told Beck that the NEA had sent out mass emails to many artists and bloggers, and that he had participated in a conference call with the NEA (that he recorded and that Beck played on his show) in which Yosi Sergant of the NEA said the following—

“We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government. What that looks like legally.”

And, Mr. Sergant also said this little gem—

“Take photos. Take video. Post it on your blogs. Get the word out. Like I said, this is a community that knows how to make a stink. Do it.”

OK folks—this story is a big deal for three reasons. Number one is that the National Endowment for the Arts is is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. Independent is the operative word here. In other words, the NEA shouldn’t be bringing any community together to “speak with the government.”

The second reason that this is a big deal is because, like it or not, pop culture influences elections. We all remember the will.i.am “Yes we can!” video and the Obama HOPE poster, right? Moreover, a tax-payer funded independent agency of the US federal government should not be involved in ANY kind of behavior that could be perceived as trying to influence elections.

And finally, the third reason that this NEA business is a big deal is because of the Skool-Aid (H/T to $peciallist for the creative name)—i.e, the Obama Administration’s recent foray into public education. Our own Steve Foley and Caleb Howe have both reported extensively on this subject, and Michelle Malkin has as well. (Furthermore, it should be noted that no other past president has ever proposed this kind of “lesson plan” when speaking to school children.) In fact, Malkin walks us through some of the details of Skool-Aid when she writes the following—

Education Secretary Arne Duncan dispatched letters to principals nationwide boasting that “This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school.” But the goal is not merely morale-boosting. According to White House event-related guides developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching Fellows, grade-school students will be told to “listen to the speech” and “could think about the following:”

*What is the President trying to tell me?

*What is the President asking me to do?

*What new ideas and actions is the President challenging me to think about?

• Students can record important parts of the speech where the President is asking them to do something. Students might think about: What specific job is he asking me to do? Is he asking anything of anyone else? Teachers? Principals? Parents? The American people?

After the speech, teachers will ask students:

*What do you think the President wants us to do?

*Does the speech make you want to do anything?

*Are we able to do what President Obama is asking of us?

Now, in a vacuum, the NEA emails and conference calls to all kinds of artists wouldn’t be all that bad. Well, I take that back—they would be bad, but not extremely damaging. However, the NEA stink that Glenn Beck reported on, coupled with the Skool-Aid, is starting to make the Obama Administration look like they are engaging in blatant propaganda and indoctrination. Now, I realize that propaganda and indoctrination are heavy handed words, but hey, facts are facts. And if the Lanvin sneaker fits, well……

Oh, and in conclusion, I almost forgot the most important part of this whole saga—George W. Bush. Yes, you heard me correctly—I said George W. Bush. Now, I know what you are asking—“Susannah, how in the heck does George W. Bush fit into all of this?” Well, I’ll tell you. Simply put, if the Bush administration (or any other past president for that matter), had been engaging in the same tomfoolery that the Obama administration has been recently (i.e., the Skool-Aid and the NEA funny business), those same artists that made all of those posters and videos for Barack Obama would be screaming “fascist!” at the top of their lungs. Just sayin’.

Update: The Washington Times has an excellent editorial that contains even more details regarding The NEA acting as a propaganda arm of the White House. I highly recommend it.

This diary is cross-posted on The Minority Report.

11 Responses to Glenn Beck Drops a Bomb and the NEA Makes a Stink. [Updated]

  • Tom Degan says:

    Not since Joe McCarthy shuffled off this mortal coil in 1957 has anyone made a career by accusing people of being communists. Glenn Beck has resurrected the practice. Not only has he found a cabal of secret communists, he has uncovered an entire communist corporation chock full of commies. The name of this company, you may ask?

    THE NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY!

    You heard me right, boys and girls. The network that gave us Uncle Miltie and Ma Perkins has apparently been secretly sending subliminal messages endorsing Marxist doctrine since it was formed in 1926. This would make perfect sense to me. Every time I watched the Rockford Files I had an unexplainable desire to read Das Kapital. But seriously, folks. Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, red baiting not only seems silly, it’s also kind of nuts. It’s not-at-all surprising that an organization would give this idiot a forum (after all, he’s on FOX Noise). What’s really stunning is the fact that his ratings are relatively high and that so many Americans take his word as gospel.

    All kidding aside, half-witted ideologues are a dime a dozen. What separates Glenn Beck from his peers is the fact that he is doing some serious damage to the country he professes to love so much. For all of the comparisons to the Nazis he likes to make with respect to Liberals, Beck’s program has much in common with Adolf Hitler’s 1923 screed, Mein Kampf. Eighty-six years ago, Hitler attempted to arouse the anger of his fellow Germans by spouting half truths and utter nonsense – exactly what Glenn Beck is doing in 2009. So much of the insane dialogue that has been spewed forth at these Town Hall meetings across the country in recent weeks might have been lifted straight from a transcript of Beck’s program.

    Beck and his strange ilk have done the impossible. They have deflected the blame for America’s current economic distress from where it should be aimed toward a man who is trying to clean up the mess that was created – in large part – by people like Glenn Beck. They have also let loose with a vengeance the very worst angels of the American nature. Opening Pandora’s box was relatively easy. Closing it might prove to be a bit of a problem.

    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  • StephC says:

    I suppose it’s time to school the troll. 🙄

    First, do you know the difference between secret and self-avowed? If so, it makes your comment even stupider than it already is.

    You and McCarthy have something in common: both loony. However, no matter how loony McCarthy was or how crazy he often sounded history tries to forget: He Was Right. You on the other hand are crazy and wrong.

    All kidding aside, half-witted ideologues are a dime a dozen.

    Did you include yourself in that description? Looking in the mirror perhaps?

    Eighty-six years ago, Hitler attempted to arouse the anger of his fellow Germans by spouting half truths and utter nonsense – exactly what Glenn Beck is doing in 2009. So much of the insane dialogue that has been spewed forth at these Town Hall meetings across the country in recent weeks might have been lifted straight from a transcript of Beck’s program.

    So, what you’re saying here is that you don’t believe the evidence of your own eyes and ears. Video after video has been shown with both pictures and words but, of course, it’s not true. Never in a million years in spite of the evidence, right?

    The problem for you is: We told you this was going to happen. You and others like you made excuses; said he didn’t mean it like that. Wanted the rest of us to follow along because he would be a “post-racial president.” He isn’t a post- anything. His administration is less diverse than that of that president you hate so much.

    Some of you are dumb enough to keep trying to make excuses and some of you are just plain dumb enough to believe whatever you’re told as long as you can keep dragging everyone else down into the misery pit with you. Which one are you?

  • Bruce says:

    Oh…Susannah…..don’t you cry for me…..I’m going to….excuse me I’m sorry what was I thinking (singing)…….you know Susannah I am a simple man…..I find it kind of curious that conservatives are making such a big deal over the president making this speech to school children…Yeah I ignored what you said about the national endowment of the arts who cares……Conservatives said that students should boycott the speech and the president is trying to influence our children…I guess when George Bush number one gave a similar speech and said very similar things he wasn’t trying to influence our children…..This is a perfect example of the fear mongering among the conservatives….. You said “Furthermore, it should be noted that no other past president has ever proposed this kind of “lesson plan” when speaking to school children.”…..Well because no one has done it before does that make it wrong?…..Or is it wrong just because its Obama………..Well as a Black man I hope that every Black child in America saw that speech and took it to heart…….and you conservatives can “cling” to your fears……..

    Black in America Baby……..The revolution has been televised…..My president is Black…..Is that Black enough for you…….

  • BB-Idaho says:

    “Some of you are dumb enough to keep trying to make excuses and some of you are just plain dumb enough to believe whatever you’re told as long as you can keep dragging everyone else down into the misery pit with you. Which one are you?” ..pretty much sums up the Beck sycophants, does it not? 😐

  • StephC says:

    .pretty much sums up the Beck sycophants, does it not?

    Gee, where do I start? Perhaps with: Look in the mirror? The sycophants are those who keep making excuses for a guy who can’t do anything but talk; who thinks all he has to do is say something end everybody will be falling all over themselves to do it for him. Where was he when Van Jones said the things he said? And now there’s the National Endowment for the Arts.

    In fact, where are you? Just like you asked where we were with Bush and we told you but you didn’t want to hear it, now I’m asking where are you with Obama?

    Yes, blame the messenger. It’s better than facing reality, isn’t it?

    Bruce, I just came back from a family visit wherein I found out I was a whole lot more Cherokee than I knew. Keep playing the race card. When everything falls apart, it’s not going to be white against black or against any other race. It’s going to be a fight for freedom. If you want reparations why don’t you start by looking in the mirror and look to see what you can do for yourself instead of looking to everybody else for acceptance?

    Obama doesn’t care about you and what he’s doing isn’t about race. It’s about control. He and the other Democrats already control you, though. You never left their plantation. What do you think this is all about? Think about it. We have all these Democrats willing to take from everyone else to support them in the style to which they’ve become accustomed and you’re a willing slave for them to exploit. That’s not what government should be about. We have lived through feudalism before with others deciding for their subjects. I’m not inclined to live it in this time.

    As for the speech, it wasn’t about the speech but the direction given for after the speech. The education system is not a place for that kind of crap. If he wants to indoctrinate he can do it on his own time and his own money, not ours.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    Yup, “The sycophants are those who keep making excuses for a guy who can’t do anything but talk; who thinks all he has to do is say something end everybody will be falling all over themselves to do it for him.” ..describes Mr. Beck.

  • StephC says:

    Yup, “The sycophants are those who keep making excuses for a guy who can’t do anything but talk; who thinks all he has to do is say something end everybody will be falling all over themselves to do it for him.” ..describes Mr. Beck.

    Really? How about some examples?

    I can, and have given, give you examples of Obama doing nothing but talking. Instead of working on issues, when the polls start sliding he goes on the campaign trail to talk to people while somebody else writes a bill he doesn’t read but claims must be passed immediately to avert a crisis. There are only so many times people will listen to the cry of crisis… well… except for the most gullible. Shall I include you in that category?

  • BB-Idaho says:

    I have paid health insurance bills all my rather long life. Now, they are incredibly expensive and the fine print covers little in actuality. I have seen our manufacturing sector go from 38% GDP down to 12% GDP during this time, and the healthcare business increase from 7% to 17% of GDP. I believe this is a very serious problem, Obama or no Obama…Beck or no Beck. HB, ya kin put me in whatever category…cranky, owly, concerned, upset, persnickity 😆

  • StephC says:

    BB, I can understand that. However, you should also think about the concept that doing something isn’t always better than doing nothing. It really depends on what the something is.

    Obama and Congress want to completely overhaul the health system for a government takeover, while at the same time claiming that Medicare/Medicaid is broke, and rejecting anything short of a government takeover. They can’t manage anything they’ve done so far without requiring ever more cash to throw into the government created fire.

    TennCare was Tennessee’s solution in the same vein. It went broke… so broke that it swallowed a budget surplus and gaped for more which resulted in people being kicked off and the rest rationed.

    The rationale used is: The insurance companies do it, too. Not much of a rationale because you can choose not to pay money to an insurance company and take that money and put it into a HSA (Health Savings Account) instead. With the government you won’t have a choice and you’ll still be rationed.

    And look at some of the things government has done, from the state level up. How many insurance companies can you choose from in your state?

    And ask yourself the simple questions such as: If it’s so good why are unions and government employees excepted?

    And finally, no matter how much money you have to spend on saving your life in the end, it won’t be enough because you will eventually die. Money didn’t help Ted Kennedy or anyone else with the resources he had when their number is up.

    You can choose what seems to be the easy path, a supposed free ride on the government. It’s only taxes after all and you won’t miss them… much. It’s a slow bleed, right? No one can stop you if that’s what you really want. However, what happens when the ride costs more than you were told it would cost? A slow bleed can weaken you before the next blow ends it all.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    Perhaps government can’t fix it: although several (all?) countries that do have managed to spend far less per capita than we. I won’t even go into where we stand in terms of health measurement (it ain’t good). Big pharma/big insurance/big hospitals have driven us to the mess….and they ain’t gonna fix it.
    I can refuse to buy a car, or a big mac…but health insurance isn’t really an option. You know of course, that of the 700.000 bankruptcies this year, half were related to people losing their homes do to serious illness…and that half of those had good health insurance. Good? No wonder 60% of folks want single payer. No wonder over 50% of doctors want single payer. If there is a better answer, I haven’t seen it. Gotta go write a $1200 check for the wife’s lab tests that my insurance company informs were ‘not covered’. I’m starting to think it is a racket….not a business!

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