Fresh Canvas for Propaganda

Posted: September 2, 2009 in Communications
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propaganda: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause

The National Endowment for the Arts has received “a call from a house that is white” to create art with tax payer dollars to help push the views of the current administration. This was disseminated by Yosi Sergant, the Director of Communications of the NEA, in a move that smacks so closely of propaganda that even Sergant stated in a call to organize this movement, “What that looks like legally; we’re still trying to figure out the laws of putting government Web sites on Facebook and the use of Twitter. This is all being sorted out. We are participating in history as it’s being made. So bear with us as we learn the language, so that we can speak to each other safely and we can really work together to move the needle and to get… to get stuff done.”

An email Sergant sent out about this mobilization of artists specifically stated: “President Obama is asking us to come together and help lay a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda — health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education and community renewal. … It is time for us as a group of artists, producers, promoters, organizers, influencers, marketers, tastemakers, leaders or just plain cool people, to join together and work together to promote a more civilly-engaged America and celebrate how the arts can be used for a positive change.”

This is not what our taxpayer dollars are supposed to be used for. The mission statement of the NEA is, “The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.” Nowhere does it say that the NEA is supposed to mobilize artists to help push the President’s agenda.

A year ago Yosi Sergant worked as a media consultant for the Obama campaign and stated in a September 10, 2008, interview, “Barack Obama is a figurehead of a movement, I would call it the progressive movement. My goal is to get Obama elected. I use the mechanisms I know, which are basically artistic. Look how important the grass roots are. Look at the effect they can have. I drank the Kool-Aid.”

Read the LA Weekly article.

It seems that Yosi Sergant is not only drinking the Kool-Aid, but he’s got an IV of it piped right into his veins. He’s taken the tactics that he used to propel the Obama campaign and has now infused that into a government entity to further the cause of the administration’s views. That’s propaganda.

Questions: Will this expenditure of tax payer money on propaganda be halted now that this has been revealed? Will the White House take any responsibility?

  1. Ren says:

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