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    Question The right wing screeches again, another person gets fired

    The National Endowment for the Arts said Thursday that its communications director, Yosi Sergant, has resigned.

    "This afternoon Yosi Sergant submitted his resignation from the National Endowment for the Arts. His resignation has been accepted and is effective immediately," said a spokeswoman, Sally Gifford, in a statement.

    Sergant, who helped make artist Shepard Fairey's "Hope" image ubiquitous as an organizer of Obama campaign support from artists, had seemed to mix the NEA's work -- essentially non-partisan politics -- with the administration's legislative agenda on a conference call reported on by Andrew Breitbart's new conservative site, Big Government.

    "I would encourage you to pick something, whether it’s health care, education, the environment, you know, there’s four key areas that the corporation has identified as the areas of service," Sergant told artists on the call, which he reportedly invited some of them to attend. "My ask would be to apply artistic, you know, your artistic creative communities utilities and bring them to the table," he said.

    Texas Senator John Cornyn, among critics, complained that the call politicized subjected the agency to "political manipulation, though the NEA initially defended the call. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman later said the call "inappropriate" and that Sergant had acted "unilaterally" in helping to organize it.

    "This call was completely unrelated to NEA’s grantmaking, which is highly regarded for its independence and integrity," Landesman said.

    The White House has sought to downplay the story, which has gotten little mainstream media attention, despite heavy coverage on the right. But it did issue new guidelines aimed at preventing politics from mixing with agency business.

    Another conservative target resigns - Ben Smith -
    At some point, probably when there's very few people left, you have to stop doing this and say "No, go fuck yourself."

    I'm not holding my breath though.
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    I'm not so sure he was fired. He was demoted immediately after the hubbub. Perhaps he resigned on his own after he decided he wasn't going to take any more crap, particularly if the people he was working for weren't going to support him.

    Also, this is related to the NEA "Scandal"
    NEA “Scandal”: Secretly Taped Conversation Appears to Have Violated State

    Lisa Derrick Tuesday September 22, 2009 2:59 pm

    Filmmaker and art community consultant Patrick Courrielche has made a quite a splash on conservative talk shows by releasing audio clips and transcripts of a conference call that occurred August 10. The purpose of call, which was attended by artists, NEA staff, White House Office of Public Engagement and members of United We Serve, was to discuss engaging communities in the ideas of service, health care, education, and energy and the environment through the use of art.

    In his interviews with Glenn Beck, Dennis Miller, and Fox Business News and in his blogging about this, Patrick Courrielche has not discussed how he came to have the recorded conversations, which may be a way of invoking his right to self-protection, since recording that call was illegal in several states where the participants are based.

    Courrielche is listed on the United We Serve email list obtained by the Washington Times. He has stated that he was invited to participate in the call, and has blogged about the call, in one post referring to it as “my call,” thus implying he was present on the call.
    On Thursday August 6th, I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts to attend a conference call scheduled for Monday August 10th hosted by the NEA, the White House Office of Public Engagement, and United We Serve… Discussed throughout the conference call… Throughout the conversation my inner dialogue was firing away questions so fast that the NRA would’ve been envious.
    ABC News reports that Courrielche "secretly recorded" the call.

    Nowhere in the transcripts Courrielche has posted is there a reference to the call being recorded by United We Serve, by the NEA or by anyone else. Informed or implied consent to record and disseminate the call was not given by any of the participants.

    Courrielche’s business is listed in Los Angeles, California; the business has a Los Angeles-based phone number. At least fifteen of the participants were calling in from California, which has very strict eavesdropping and communication interception laws, stating that all parties on the call must be informed and aware that the call is being recorded.

    Three callers were from Pennsylvania. Under that state’s current statutory language, consent of all parties is required to tape a conversation. Illinois law states that eavesdropping device cannot be used to record or overhear a conversation without the consent of all parties to the conversation. Three participants were from Illinois.

    Again no one asked for consent to record the call nor was consent given. To secretly record a conference call and then disseminate the information is clearly reprehensible and unethical at a minimum. It is an "ends justifies the means" mentality and a cavalier approach to the law that marked the practices of the previous administration. Whether Courrielche will be prosecuted for violating California law remains to be seen, but committing a crime in pursuit of exposing what possibly, just maybe, could be some kind of a violation is no small thing.
    La Figa » NEA “Scandal”: Secretly Taped Conversation Appears to Have Violated State Laws

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    resigned because nobody would go to bat for him = fired, in the political world.

    He was probably told to resign to save any potential embarrassment, and naturally, the powers that be are concerned with appearing non confrontational that he had to do it on his own.

    What choice did he have?
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