Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Breitbart Scores Again: White House Responds to Charges of NEA Corruption

Roy Edroso's been consolidating his idiocy-creds this last couple of days with a pair of ridiculous posts on the NEA progressive conference call "non-scandal." As he notes yesterday:

Andrew Breitbart's follow-up to his child prostitution stings on ACORN -- the revelation that the Obama Administration talked to artists about its social programs -- is not shaking the earth, despite the inclusion of a Hitler dog whistle ("Riefenstahl-esque"). Patterico has even taken to explaining to readers that "it would be a mistake to dismiss this story as unimportant" ...

The notion that it is being used to promote a leftist agenda will strike most of their intended audience as dog bites man.

Ah, time to yank the head there, buddy. This just in from ABC News, "After 'Inappropriate' NEA Conference Call, White House Pushes New Guidelines":

An August 10, 2009 National Endowment for the Arts conference call in which artists were asked to help support President Obama's agenda -- a call that at least one good government group called "inappropriate" -- has prompted the White House to issue new guidelines to prevent such a call from ever happening again.

"The point of the call was to encourage voluntary participation in a national service initiative by the arts community," White House spokesman Bill Burton told ABC News. "To the extent there was any misunderstanding about what the NEA may do to support the national service initiative, we will correct it. We regret any comments on the call that may have been misunderstood or troubled other participants. We are fully committed to the NEA's historic mission, and we will take all steps necessary to ensure that there is no further cause for questions or concerns about that commitment."
Plus, from the Washington Times, "NEA Chairman Admits Mistake on August 10 Conference Call." Yeah, admission of mistakes along with some blanket denials. According to NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman:

The former NEA Director of Communications acted unilaterally and without the approval or authorization of then-Acting Chairman Patrice Walker Powell.
Hey, way to pass the buck, Rocco!

And Roy, dude, that's some hella "dog bites man" story!

Plus, in late-breaking non-scandal news, "Serve.gov Scrubs ACORN Listings from Its Site."

(Via Memorandum.)