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Beck Strikes Again; Yosi Sergant Reassigned at NEA

By Michael A. Fletcher
The National Endowment for the Arts has reassigned former communications director Yosi Sergant, who had become the latest target of FOX News talk show host Glenn Beck.

Acting NEA communications director Victoria Hutter said Thursday that Sergant had left the communications post. The move came after he had come under attack from Beck, a conservative commentator who accused Sergant of attempting to use taxpayer money to fund art to support the president's initiatives.

Sergant's reassignment came after the resignation last weekend of environmental adviser Van Jones, who had been criticized for weeks by Beck.

The talk show host accused Sergant of arranging an August conference call with the White House Office of Public Engagement and United We Serve to recruit artists to create works in support of Obama policies. The NEA has denied that the call was inappropriate, and the White House has said that it did not force Sergant's reassignment.

Sergant became well known during campaign 2008 for his work with artist Shepard Fairey around the iconic Obama HOPE poster, and first came to Washington as a staffer in the White House.

In recent weeks, Beck also had trained his sights on Harvard University law professor Cass Sunstein, a friend of President Obama whose nomination to head the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs had been stuck since January. But the Senate confirmed Sunstein's appointment Thursday afternoon, after voting to end debate on the nomination the previous evening.

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Question for the Libs on here: without attacking anyone's character, would you care to comment on the propriety of the NEA working with the White House to formulate artistic messages to further the White House's agenda? Is that 'ok' with modern liberalism, for the arts to be nakedly used to further the agenda of the state?

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | September 21, 2009 4:36 PM

Note: the article is about how the NEA was improperly conducting a conference call to further the aims of the president. The liberals of old, yay, the WaPo of Woodward and Bernstein days, would've investigated and winnowed out this unseemly effort to put the state's imprimatur on Sacred Art. Today's liberals want to attack the messenger. IF Woodward and Bernstein were constructed like the modern liberals, they would've attacked Deep Throat for being a 'tool' of the Right, and no doubt insinuated sophomoric jokes about being a 'tool' and named Deep Throat. Oh, how far liberalism has fallen...

Posted by: ChangeIsNotAStrategy | September 21, 2009 4:33 PM

Beck is no worse than Yosi, Yosi is a PR man, so is Beck. They are both Nazis. Shepard Fairey ... he is the equivalent of Rush Limbaugh, he's a fat faced rich kid just like Rush. It's the same nazi money they are all getting their greedy paws all over, who cares if Yosi lost a job, who cares about Beck at Fox, who cares about Adolf Hitler? These guys all love Adolf Hitler because they are nazi, capitalist f**gs

Posted by: iamgeronimo2004 | September 17, 2009 1:24 PM

Hopefully,people are NOT believing Glenn Beck!

He reports items that are old,and that would not even apply in many cases!!

Posted by: tinasgrandmom | September 15, 2009 1:35 PM

IF YOU WANT FACTS JUST WAIT UNTIL THIS BILL PASSES NAD WE GET OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT PAID FOR BY THE RICH UNTIL THERE IS NO RICH NO MORE. YOU GUYS ARE IN LA LA LAND MAYBE THE ILLEGAL ALIENS CAN PICK UP THE TAB AFTER THE RICH ARE GONE. GOVERNMENT RUN ANYTHING IS A JOKE THEY COULD'T HANDLE CAS FOR CLUNKERS LET ALONE THIS MAYBE HE CAN ADD ANOTHER CZAR TO HANDLE IT THAT WILL BE THE FACTS YOU WON'T LIKE

Posted by: tswank1 | September 14, 2009 6:16 PM

JEDG
YOU LEFT OUT MISPLACED COMMUNISTS

Posted by: tswank1 | September 14, 2009 6:08 PM

Beck is a party-hack and anybody who follows him is an idiot!

Posted by: GTFOOH | September 14, 2009 2:23 PM

when TRUTH begins to rub you the wrong way it is time to make an adjustment.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | September 13, 2009 5:48 PM

Glen Beck is basically an air-head egotist. Thinks he is up to saving the USA. Lies flow from his mouth like the Niagra Falls.
Posted by: georgiatim22
&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

enlighten us.
point out to us where Beck lied and give us your proof.

((when trugh begins to bother you it is time to make an adjustment?))

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | September 13, 2009 5:46 PM

BECK'um!

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | September 13, 2009 5:41 PM

Glen Beck is basically an air-head egotist. Thinks he is up to saving the USA. Lies flow from his mouth like the Niagra Falls. He puts on a show, he is not a broadcaster, nor a commentator. One would need facts to do that job. He lives under the old axim"My mind is made up. Don't confuse me with facts." I am shicked to see the comments here, what kind of civilizaton do there thinkers want for their future? Alice in Wonderland? Of course, Dubya had nothing to do with the state of our ecenomy, did he? He of the 3 month vacations hiding out in a shanty deep in the heart of Texas. I fear for out future, with the amount of venom being spewed on air, in papers, on line. No accountability. No feedback. No editing. Pack yo' rods boys.

Posted by: georgiatim22
===========================================
Somewhere in here is there a repudiation of any thing Glenn Beck said?
Are the NEA audio tapes forged is the video of the acorn workers faked?
Did a Van Jones clone planted by Karl Rove make all those stupid statements.
Do Van Jones and Rosy O'Donnel have video of Bush and Cheney wiring the World Trade Center for demolition?
Is Glenn Beck another Dan Rather?
Ad Hominem attacks no specifics is this your best?
If you can't easily poke holes in the lies of an idiot like Glenn Beck how stupid must you be?

Posted by: saw1 | September 13, 2009 4:47 PM

Whoa - that's not the link I posted - what is wrong with the WaPo? How did that happen... let try again.

My Take on Glenn Beck

~ dmf

Posted by: eyepublius | September 13, 2009 12:23 AM

A quick word of advice: Glenn Beck, I assure you IS NOT investigating anything himself... he may be "reporting or better yet, reading it from a teleprompter," but he damn sure ain't doing the shoe leather himself... he doesn't pack the gear for that.

My take on Glenn Beck

~ dmf

Posted by: eyepublius | September 13, 2009 12:20 AM

I can't believe my eyes -- all the crap about Beck that I have witnessed myself like his actual words "hating 10 9/11 families; call Obama a "white hater," and stuff like that," and now he's some sort of "Hero?" How far off the end of this pier must we go to fall into the pit of Hell, I wonder? With clips like this (from above):

"The National Endowment for the Arts has reassigned former communications director Yosi Sergant, who had become the latest target of FOX News talk show host Glenn Beck."

Posted by: eyepublius | September 13, 2009 12:16 AM

Please, all those who are of a liberal, open-minded, persuasion. Let's keep the comments to the facts and appropriate comments.

We can't let ourselves get suckered into the vitriolic name calling that the conservatives/Republicans are so good at.

They've taken labeling to the level of high art. I mean on just one page of comments they've called us:

Chicago thugs
marxists
anti-Americans
old extremist hippies leftists
sheeple
libtards
But then there are those really super intelligent Republicans who come up with really snappy names for us like, and this is directly from a conservative comment, "stupid f*cks."
It gives you a good feeling, doesn't it. We've got it right and they know it. They're so tongue-tied that that's the only way they know how to respond.

There's no sense fighting with them on line. It, most often, has no effect. I mean it's close to ZERO, ZIP, NADA, effect.

They get their "facts" from the likes of Beck, Limbaugh, Coulture, etc. Come on, they wouldn't know a primary source if it bit them.

SO LIBERALS FOCUS ON THE ISSUES. KEEP COMING BACK WITH THE FACTS. ASK THEM FOR PRIMARY SOURCES FOR THEIR COMMENTS.

Posted by: JedG | September 12, 2009 9:46 PM

You've got to laugh, otherwise you'd have to cry, when Republicans call someone like Beck a great investigative reporter. On a good day he's a tv commentator and on a typical day he'd be called a an opinion commentator.

Don't the Republicans and conservatives just love to use the age old technique of labeling. It's one thing to be called a Democrat, Republican, Independent, liberal, or conservative. These terms seem to be well understood and accepted. However, the Republicans have taken it a creative step further.

Labeling, serves no useful purposse, but has in the past been used by both parties.

However in the last ten "Carl Rove" years, has become the almost exclusive domain of the Republicans. When they, the Republicans are bereft of facts, in need of new untruths to propagate, or are just fearful, out come the labels, misstatements, and just plain untruths (we won't call them lies).

So it looks like it's label time again in Conservative Land.

The illegal resident is a typical straw man issue. The illegal resident issue is:

1. A separate issue apart from the health care issue.

2. No matter what we do regarding any health care plan, the illegal resident component of health care won't change.

Answer the following questions yourself. I doubt if you can come to a different result.

Question: Where do illegals go when they're sick or injured in this country?

Answer: The emergency room.

Question: Is the emergency room more or less expensive than going to a local health clinic?

Answer: More expensive.

Question: So, what do we do with illegals, who are sick or injured, throw then out on the street or just put them in jail and ship them home? And while in jail or being shipped home you don't treat them.

Put your Republican/conservative answer here. I'm especially interested in getting responses from the religious right.

Just a note of interest. The number of uninsured is currently estimated at something under 50,000,000 people. The number is an estimate. It's based on data collected in the past along with estimates as to where it is now.

Given the current negative employment situation, those estimates may be very likely be low. And that may be with or without the real illegals number.

In the mean time, by the time we get around to finding out what the real number is, say a year from now, the NAS estimates that some 18,000 Americans will have died because of a lack of insurance.

And that doesn't take into account all those insured who will have died because of corporate attempts at showing large profits and executive bonuses.

Posted by: JedG | September 12, 2009 4:53 PM

MILANO99_99
Actually I had my meds increased so I can stand the B.S from our friends on the far left.The truth is the truth if you can't stand it don't respond with your panick attacks.

Posted by: tswank1 | September 12, 2009 10:41 AM

I was in a conversation at work when one of our gay employees overheard the heated conversation about how Glen Beck's reporting was distorted - or not. The gay guy brought up his attacks on gay's when he was at CNN and the gay guy commented that Beck was gay himself. I had read this before, but only in blogs. To make his point this guy opened a nearby laptop and typed in "Glen Beck's gay lovers" into Google. There 16,400 hits under the search response which I am still sorting through - sorry not one of my priorities. So, is there anything to this claim that Beck is an angry closet gay? Surely it and or he would have come out by now? Come on WP where is that investigative reporting - or are you just going to leave this to the bloggers?

Posted by: masonxhamilton | September 12, 2009 12:20 AM

At one time the Post was the standard of investigative journalism. Now it is a pathetic Obama apologist. Beck is doing some investigative reporting about the Obama administration. WaPo get off your butts and do some reporting. How embarrasing being scoped and shamed by Glenn Beck investigative reporting then complaining about it.

Beck is becoming the most powerful investigative journalist in America.

Posted by: BritheGreat | September 11, 2009 10:02 PM

Trying to find an honest republican is like trying to find Bigfoot...there have been sightings and rumors of sightings but no one has been able to reach out and touch one or even point to one.

However, finding a dishonest, deceitful, lying, cheating, corrupted republican is just an arms length away, hiding behind closed congressional doors, in the dark.

Posted by: Nipit | September 11, 2009 9:45 PM

Beck is doing what the Post did forty years ago. The Post still has some great columnists of both political persuasions, but the political reporting has gotten pretty lame.

If the Post went after some of the amazing stories out there right now (such as the absurdity of ACORN being slated to get billions of dollars in taxpayer money) there wouldn't be polarizing figures like Beck.


Posted by: tacheronb | September 11, 2009 9:03 PM

Michael Fletcher,
Your article here is merely more lefty propaganda. If you write about the recent “just discovered” corruptness of our national security transportation system related to Amtrak, please spare us and don’t take the cowardly way out. Instead write true and balanced. Hint --- True and balanced are ALWAYS backed up with objective facts.

Posted by: annlawler26 | September 11, 2009 9:00 PM

Washington Post, your reporting on this was like watching the "Cowardly" lion on Wizard of Oz.

And eaglehawkaround: Your story here is humerous.

""I watch FOX news every day as does my Son. Like I taught him years ago "Know your enemy" Beck and O'Riley no kidding must have things in their closets smoldering to make them so very Nasty. Like Nitty little old gosipers. Whatcha hiding Glen? Come clean Bill."""
Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937

Posted by: annlawler26 | September 11, 2009 8:48 PM

One of the posters is correct: Beck puts on a show. He may do his research and in many instances, he may be right. It is the theatrics that prevent many people from taking him seriously - or even watching. I trip over myself to turn him off, but he is often quoted on other shows.

If he wants to be taken seriously it is time to stop the acting.

Posted by: Kansas28 | September 11, 2009 6:54 PM

You say "he had come under attack from Beck." Are you kidding me? You liberal radicals have a major theme going - not taking responsible for your actions and spinning facts. Guess this is the same thing as lying!! Facts are - one of Yosi's own, from his own peer group - has him on tape breaking the federal law! How is this Beck's fault? Glenn didn't have anything to do with the tape so stop SPINNING! Yosi is the problem. This is huge that Yosi intentionally tried to manipulate propaganda onto those in the Arts on behalf of the NEA and government. Interesting that the majority of hollyweirdos, actually think American people can't see through this rhetoric.

And Sunstein, his beliefs are so retarded, [aka: radical], everyone is having field day with this guy.....Oh, just a second, I don't want my dog to hear, he may sue me. Oh, I better go cook my steak in the fridge before steak becomes a thing of the past. And, banning hunting? I challenge Sunstein to visit any state, 1st day of hunting season - he'll change his mind real fast.....

Does Obama have any normal Czars or, are they all like this? I mean, Obama is making this way too easy. We are tired of corruptness in America. Thanks Glenn Beck! Thanks for your Patriotism, integrity and your productive works - inorder that we may all help each other, stomp out this corruptness.

Posted by: annlawler26 | September 11, 2009 5:57 PM

The Fair haired prince rules? Really! Time then for him to do what cowards never do, get into the real fight-- run for something. Don't hold your breath it will never happen.

Posted by: Victoria5 | September 11, 2009 5:57 PM

FOR HE'S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW, FOR HE'S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW, FOR HE'S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW WHICH NOBODY CAN DENEY. HIP, HIP, HURRAY-HIP,HIP HOORY FOR MR. GLEN BECK--TIME TO GET THE HISTOICAL SIGNIFICENSE OF obama OVER WITH AND NOW LOOK TOWARD HIS SUBSTANCE.HE IS NO MORE NO LESS THAN A CHICAGO COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, NOT A STATESMAN, NOT A DIPLOMAT, AND CERTAINLY SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ELECTED THE LEADER OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. WE ARE THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH IN SPIT OF HIM NOT BECAUSE OF HIM.

Posted by: artschwartz2000 | September 11, 2009 5:44 PM

tswank1,

If you think that Beck is the most "fair and balanced reporter" out there, you need to visit your doctor to have your meds checked. The most idiotic comment I've read on the Web in years.

Posted by: milano99_99 | September 11, 2009 5:15 PM

Message to "mainstream media": See what Amazing results you get when you actually investigate and "shine the light of truth" on filth and corruption? Perhaps you should try it some time and perhaps people would start reading your newspapers/watching your TV, etc again.

Posted by: IQ168 | September 11, 2009 4:28 PM

if this story is about the national education association I can see where they are trying to influence the obama political agenda.Glen Beck is one of the most fair and balanced reporters out there and it is no wonder the idiots on the left attack him for speaking the truth.Facts are facts and those who do not have them usually attack the ones that do any way they can like the dumb remark about his past drinking issues.The national education associating is a liberal political arm of the democratic party dedicated to brain washing through the education of our youth.You can check out the recent approval by the almeda county, california schoolboard forcing grade school students to read about the gay lifestyle(story about gay penquins) against the wishes of the parents except for a small percentage of the population. but don't dare try to get religon on the docket?????

Posted by: tswank1 | September 11, 2009 3:56 PM

One day after two ACORN officials in Baltimore were fired for offering to help a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute to engage in child prostitution and a series of tax crimes, another secretly shot videotape has surfaced that shows the same couple getting similar advice from ACORN officers in Washington.

Posted by: lucygirl1 | September 11, 2009 3:25 PM

At least someone in the media is keeping an eye on the corrupt Obama Administration. It sure isn't the Washington Post. The Post is religated to watching FOX News and then reporting on what they report.

Ha, In his next speech Obama will be blaming Glenn Beck for his jobless recovery.

Posted by: robtr | September 11, 2009 3:23 PM

I think Beck lacks a certain amount of civility and basic human decency, but he occasionally finds a good story. This, however, is not one. The first time through, I actually got bored with the tapes and turned off the video. It definitely sounded to me like the NEA was asking artists to make art encouraging people to simply get involved. Encouraging people to get involved with the process is a completely non-partisan message, and one which the NEA has every right to be encouraging. Only after Beck offered up his and his guest's interpretation of what had been said would I even concede that it possibly sounded slightly shifty. I'm still nowhere near convinced. When the phrase was uttered about them being able to communicate "safely", which Beckers seemed to have a huge problem with, I would relate it to the immediately prior statement concerning the legality of government sites' being on Facebook. "Safely" doesn't mean in some dark, unexamined corner, safe from the prying eyes of "true patriots"; it means safe from prosecution due to improperly putting a government site into a "new media" channel. Beck's paranoia definitely got the better of him, and is feeding the paranoia of the similarly indiscriminate liberal-haters.

Posted by: fattom23 | September 11, 2009 2:53 PM

I agree with jckdoors. He makes recovering alcs look bad.

Posted by: sed81650 | September 11, 2009 2:41 PM

Why don't you other reporters actually do "reporting" on something "you" have actually investigated? Investigating would require you to actually investigate something, prove it with facts, documents, and/or visually. Then you report on it. That's what Glen Beck does. Can "your" factual investigations prove him "wrong" or is it that you just don't care what's happening in Washington and refuse to believe facts? Instead you write articles, not with facts, but with your feelings because you don't want to believe what he has proven to be factual. Don't you care what is going on in Washington? It's your job to report "news" not feelings about the reporter UNLESS you can prove what your are saying. Go ahead...let's see facts to the
contrary.

Posted by: MSP1 | September 11, 2009 1:38 PM

Dear Barry:
Release the Beck MACACA video. Yosi and Van can join us at the Center for American Prostrate.

Geo.

P.S. Nancy and Cass will be joining us soon.

Posted by: GeoSoros | September 11, 2009 1:35 PM

Don't people understand that by giving in to terrorists like Beck, you only embolden them?

Posted by: leptoquark | September 11, 2009 1:27 PM

HEY....For all of you that think Beck is wrong...I challenge the other so called news reporters to prove him wrong!!!! What you can't? He proves he right....can you ??????
So don't base your beliefs on your "fuzzy" feelings...try using documented facts!

Posted by: MSP1 | September 11, 2009 1:08 PM

Why is this story about Glenn Beck? Where is the story about the NEA soliciting propaganda? I've been waiting for over a week for the Post to report on this, and do we get a look into the actions of the NEA? No, it's a blog about how Glenn Beck got someone "reassigned". Why not tell us what's really going on, or are you trying to make the Post even less relevant that it already is?
Hint: there's also a breaking story about ACORN today - why don't you look into that as well?

Posted by: biancaneve | September 11, 2009 12:51 PM

"However, where was Beck for 8 years as Cheney told us Iraq had WMD and he knew where they were? Where was Beck as Bush laughed off bin Ladin as "irrelevant"?" blah blah blah

Actually, Beck was on a little-watched news network then (CNN), which is maybe why you never heard him criticizing the Bush presidency.

Posted by: biancaneve | September 11, 2009 12:48 PM

Why are they giving in to the Jerry Springer show of political analysis? It makes them look weak.

If every hack under the Bush Admin resigned who came under fire for ethical or competency issues, nobody would have been left.

Posted by: jetrain | September 11, 2009 12:48 PM

If this is Beck sober, perhaps he start drinking again.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 11, 2009 12:14 PM

Beck is better than Woodward and Bernstein combined.

The Washington Post has turned its head at the politicization of the DOJ, NEA, DoD, etc.

The public has not watchdog other than YouTube, Talk Radio and Glenn Beck. When reporters like Michael Fletcher refuse to cover ACORN, The New Black Panthers, the NEA conference call was a violation of federal law. Yet, the Washington Post, too busy selling access to lobbyists, is silent.

Obama told the "media" yesterday what to report on and what to say. The media is listening to Obama, Americans are looking for the truth, and they are not finding it at the WaPo, NY Times, etc.

We are pro-choice -- don't chose the censors at the WaPo, don't be gullible and believe the propaganda of Michael Fletcher.

Be informed.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | September 11, 2009 11:46 AM

God bless Glenn Beck and his efforts to keep the America we know and love, from becoming a cesspool of new age socialism. President Obama and his army of misguided cronies are dead-set upon selling out our individual liberties and national sovereignity. And, this paper is an integral contributor in ushering in this "new world order."

Posted by: g-man7 | September 11, 2009 11:36 AM

Most babbling idiots just yap and yap and yap and yap until everyone knows their just babbling idiots. Glenn Beck is one of those babbling idiots that I just don't get. Why all the nonsense he yaps and yaps about are, or at least seem to be true because they're factual and accurate and most often are actual quotes from the exposed. How does a simple yapper like Beck get away with it. He should be held accountable for all the yapping crap. We need more underhanded journalism like Olbermann. Away you Beck!

Posted by: louis_nickolas | September 11, 2009 11:20 AM

A coward is a coward by any name or color
that seldom changes. My gosh! where is journalism today. I've listened to those tapes played by Glen Beck so neatly unaltered. This is also my country too, so I dug deeper and took the time to listen to the complete tapes as everyone should.
Personally I'm sadden that others haven't done so,had they,they too may have had and awakening. Perhaps we "all" need to find out whats really happening in our country before its too late. Our President seems to be a nice young man and a very responceable and accountable fellow who is new in his job lets hope he surrounds himself as time passes with a better selection of staff. John P. Carey Sr.

Posted by: jpc46 | September 11, 2009 10:57 AM

when and if the leaders of this country start making decisions based on what a babbling idiot like glenn beck thinks, we will have passed the point of no return. we will know what the romans felt like when the barbarians first sacked rome.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | September 11, 2009 10:18 AM

Beck is far more honest and detailed than our President.Beck seems to come from the sensible center and that infuriates the radical democratic party and the extreme Obama administration. Beck backs up his assertions and can defend his opinions while Obama speaks in grand fashion about everything for everyone with no basis in fact or truth,and attacks his dessenters as terrorists. Obama is the terrorist who has declared war on the American economy and way of life.

Posted by: mikem12 | September 11, 2009 10:08 AM

It seems to me that two people of questionable character and bad judgement have been forced to resign or be re-assigned. If Beck had something to do with it, then shouldn't he be hailed as a good citizen for exposing lousy characters in government?

Posted by: hoomiester | September 11, 2009 10:06 AM

GoomyGommy wrote: "When will it end? When will these ideologs, at these RAGS, realize that they've backed a DISASTER? The Invisible Man, I mean, the Transparent Man with the warehouse full of SEALED DOCUMENTS. Doesn't anybody want to know WHY the guy who wants to DIGITIZE EVERYONES' MEDICAL RECORDS, so that they can be readily accessed, keeps HIS MEDICAL RECORDS SEALED?"

There will always be those in any administration who stray over the line and they need to be called out. However, where was Beck for 8 years as Cheney told us Iraq had WMD and he knew where they were? Where was Beck as Bush laughed off bin Ladin as "irrelevant"? Where was Beck as Rice talked of mushroom clouds? Where was Beck when Valerie Plame was outed? Where was Beck when Gonzales went to Ashcroft's bedside to retroactively sign a document? Where was Beck as torture was being applied? Where was Beck ... ?

These are far more serious administration failures than someone promoting art for Obama yet you find it means this administration is a "DISASTER". You really haven't a clue as to what is important in this world have you? No one has died as a result of Sergant's stupid project. Yet as soldiers were dying on the first day of the Iraq invasion, as they pleaded for better armor, as Iraqis died, as Baghdad was looted including sites thought to contain WMD, where was Beck? Where was anyone on Faux News? I'll tell you where they were, they were cheering on the greatest disaster this nation has had in 50 years. But today they pat themselves on the back for stopping an art project.

What heros they must think they are for finding a person at the NEA stepping over the line. God knows how many lives it might have cost, or the trillions in taxpayer money that would have been spent in no-bid contracts.

All I can say is that it seems obvious conservatives don't know what is important for this nation, and thank God they are out of power. Get your priorities in order for God's sake. At least we would not have had to shut off the cameras at Dover due to what Sergant was up to, or call in exposed CIA agents, or borrow more money from China.

Posted by: Fate1 | September 11, 2009 9:56 AM

BECK IS A BRILLIANT ANALYST WHO HAS FILLED IN THE VACUUM CREATED BY 'KISS-ASS' JOURNALISM WHO SUCK UP TO WHOEVER IS IN POWER!

Unfortunately,his medium is radio & TV; not print.

He has risen above the Rush Limbo's of talk radio and has a stature of Evans & Novak or any of many other celebrated print journalists!

Long live Beck!

oh...bye, bye Jones & Sargent..don't let the door hit your sorry asses as you leave!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | September 11, 2009 9:55 AM

Hear Ye! Come all! Let's praise Beck and "Faux"news...They are the man,they always get to the bottom of things in their "fair and balanced" reporting. But wait where were they when they were sent a letter by a wronged husband and a phliandering public official,I forgt they didn't receive it(LOL). You guys are so seriously delusional that it is amazing.You resort to patting this man on the back for such groundbreaking news,but you don't call him out when he makes a fool of himself.Glen is an entertainer not a journalist.Glen is an idiot(as well as O'Really!)Glen sits on his ass and contradicts himself with his even most "important"news.Do we all remember his little skit on America having the "worst" healthcare system in the world when he had his surgery and now suddenly he proclaims that "We are the best in the world".What changed?? If he has such a nose for news then why did he not know where Sanford was and report on it? Take Mr. Beck for what he is..a person that only interest in "finding" out things is motivated by revenge. No one wants to pull the race card(especially the White House)but I will give you a lesson on why the election of Obama was such a shock!It was not the media and we can all believe in what O'Really! says and he stated very TV and the media cannot force anyone to do anything that they don's want to do,of coourse this was after the right was call out for spurring on the murder of Dr. Tiller.Oh, I forgot there is a different set of rules for different situations. Anywhooo,getting back to my reason:No one thought the "black" man would garner any votes so he was not taken seriously.In the beginning of the campaign even McCain never addressed his remarks to anyone but Hillary."Faux"news and the whole "Faux network spent their time telling their followers,don't worry all the white people that are saying they will vote for Obama are just being politically correct once they are in the privacy of the voting booth they will vote the RIGHT way.So go ahead and quote your polls,and call the Obama and his administration any name you want...I love eating SOUR GRAPES!So keep putting the Becks,O'Reillys and whomsoever in the spotlight because that is where they should be because hypocrisy if hypocrisy no matter what world you live in.Cronkite was the only real journalist,he never just reported on what he felt was a way to knock down an opponent but he did know what "fair and balanced" was all about.

Posted by: bdavispcthotmailcom | September 11, 2009 9:37 AM

Glen Beck is basically an air-head egotist. Thinks he is up to saving the USA. Lies flow from his mouth like the Niagra Falls. He puts on a show, he is not a broadcaster, nor a commentator. One would need facts to do that job. He lives under the old axim"My mind is made up. Don't confuse me with facts." I am shicked to see the comments here, what kind of civilizaton do there thinkers want for their future? Alice in Wonderland? Of course, Dubya had nothing to do with the state of our ecenomy, did he? He of the 3 month vacations hiding out in a shanty deep in the heart of Texas. I fear for out future, with the amount of venom being spewed on air, in papers, on line. No accountability. No feedback. No editing. Pack yo' rods boys.

Posted by: georgiatim22 | September 11, 2009 9:33 AM

"Let's help the Man in the House that is White" LOL!!!

Posted by: GeneWells | September 11, 2009 9:21 AM

Just something to boost my previous post.

I have now read most of the comments. Did anyone notice something about the anti-Beck/Fox comments? No facts; only name calling. No defense of the NEA. I doubt they have even listened to the phone calls. It doesn't matter to them. What matters is furthering the agenda at ANY cost. At ANY damage to the country, at ANY damage to the Constitution. And, in that way, they go right along with the Obama adminstration. What could be expect. Obama hires people just like we see in these comments. Obama = Van Jones =leftist traitors.

Posted by: artman1746 | September 11, 2009 9:01 AM

And here lies our national problem. We have a host of citizens on the left who will excuse virtually anything for those who will carry their agenda. It will not matter what.

Then we have major "news"papers like the Post who will purposefully distort the news for the same reason. Did the Post think it not important to include in the piece that there were actual audio of the calls made to the artists? No, the desire of the Post was to mention only that NEA was "accused" by Beck and denied by the NEA (tit for tat, you know). But, of course, he was "reassigned" (because, you know, a good political ally cannot be fired even if he has wasted the taxpayers money and broke every ethics rule).

Those excusing such crap will eventually get the government you deserve. Hey, you may already have!

Posted by: artman1746 | September 11, 2009 8:53 AM

Van Jones and Yosi Sergant are experienced and accomplished organizers of extremely creative people. If anything, their talents are *constrained* by service within the government.

I have no doubt that resourceful people like Jones and Sergant see service within the government as a sacrifice. I'm also sure they are all too happy to have Glenn Beck provide an excuse to escape the noble sacrifices required of government service.

By loosening constraints on the most creative organizers, it would seem Mr. Beck is either a secret, left-wing subversive, or clueless.

Posted by: riburr | September 11, 2009 8:42 AM

When will it end? When will these ideologs, at these RAGS, realize that they've backed a DISASTER? The Invisible Man, I mean, the Transparent Man with the warehouse full of SEALED DOCUMENTS. Doesn't anybody want to know WHY the guy who wants to DIGITIZE EVERYONES' MEDICAL RECORDS, so that they can be readily accessed, keeps HIS MEDICAL RECORDS SEALED?
What about the rest of his appointments? His CZARS and CZARINAS? What about that Sunstein boob? The one that thinks that TREES and DOGS should be able to have access to attorneys? Or the one who thinks that it's "okay" if the Gov't. wants to put STERILIZATION compounds in the drinking water? Then there's Rham Emanuels' brother - Joseph Mengela Emanuel - he likes the CHINESE method of family planning. The - 'Take your baby to the RIVER and hold her under until your Family achieves the proper number of people ALLOWED' - Method. Far LEFT authoritarians, without a hint of what everyone knows is needed to do his or hers job, Empathy. Or is that just for Supreme Court bigoted Latinas?
Can you just imagine if places like the WAPO actually DID THEIR JOB? This is what happens when you're 'Fishing for that BAILOUT', instead of doing what you're SUPPOSED to be doing. You spend all your time coverring for the MARXIST. And, somehow, you think that this is all gonna turn out good for you. Let's check out how that line of thinking is working out, these days. GLENN BECKS' Numbers, are THROUGH THE ROOF. And WAPO? Hold on. I've gotta stop laughing. Hey, I know. Has Glenn Beck ever said MACACA?

Posted by: GoomyGommy | September 11, 2009 8:37 AM

Let me get this straight. The NEA is used, illegally, to advance a partisan agenda, and all the Washinton Post can stir itself to do is offer a smarmy blog post about Glenn beck? Big government corrupts everything.

Posted by: mikwil84 | September 11, 2009 8:14 AM

Back in the olden days news outlets like WaPo would DO THEIR JOBS and uncover kooks like Jones and Sargent.

That tape was OBVIOUS about what Sargeant was.

Posted by: standard_guy | September 11, 2009 7:52 AM

I don't think the only group angered by Obama's misuse of his office are right wing republicans. I think Obama and his activities has caused concern both wide and deep.

I would this guy to investigate and follow the money trail of the consumer products, puzzles, books even written for toddlers, up to teenagers, and a plethora of DVDs about Obama and his plans.

Micehele Obama has cut some kind of a deal with Talbot's woman's clothing.

Are the Obamas getting any money, royalties now or deferred for any of this?

is this even legal? I thought there was a prohibition against this kind of profiteering by sitting presidents.

this guy Beck should investigate

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | September 11, 2009 6:23 AM

I don't think the only group angered by Obama's misuse of his office are right wing republicans. I think Obama and his activities has caused concern both wide and deep.

I would this guy to investigate and follow the money trail of the consumer products, puzzles, books even written for toddlers, up to teenagers, and a plethora of DVDs about Obama and his plans.

Micehele Obama has cut some kind of a deal with Talbot's woman's clothing.

Are the Obamas getting any money, royalties now or deferred for any of this?

is this even legal? I thought there was a prohibition against this kind of profiteering by sitting presidents.

this guy Beck should investigate

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | September 11, 2009 6:22 AM

I watch FOX news every day as does my Son. Like I taught him years ago "Know your enemy" Beck and O'Riley no kidding must have things in their closets smoldering to make them so very Nasty. Like Nitty little old gosipers. Whatcha hiding Glen? Come clean Bill.

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | September 11, 2009 5:04 AM

Beck broke this story, but the people calling it yellow journalism and a right-wing hatchet job obviously haven't paid attention to the story. Yosi Sergeant organized a conference call with the White House, various artists, and other people to talk about how to engage the art community behind Obama's causes. What Sergeant says in the call is quite plain. The only reason anyone knows about this is because one artist felt uncomfortable about the implications using art for a political agenda, and he recorded the call.

So, actually, this story didn't start with Beck so much as with a whistleblower artist.

Listen to what Sergeant actually says in the tape:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqYwIPWrvzM

Sergeant plainly asked artists to engage in propaganda on behalf of the Obama administration, and he wouldn't have been pushed out of his job so swiftly if there hadn't been something rotten going on. Obama's administration was trying to use taxpayer dollars through the NEA to push its political agenda...and they got caught.

Posted by: blert | September 11, 2009 3:19 AM

What were Yosi Sargent's qualifications? I hope more than that he promoted an artist's Obama poster. Anyway the criticism seems valid and someone at NEA or the White House must have thought so too or he would still have his job.

Posted by: rob3 | September 11, 2009 12:50 AM

The old P.T. Barnum theories still work. That man was a genius.

Posted by: wizard2 | September 11, 2009 12:48 AM

Glenn Beck is a disgrace to good journalism. He needs to try out as a standup comic. In fact, FOX news is all about yellow journalism. Too bad that the fifth graders that view their newscasts are "legal adults."

Posted by: EarlC | September 11, 2009 12:01 AM

Forget Beck,

When is the Washington Post (NYT/ABC/CBS/NBC) going to get off their dead backsides and investigate ACORN and its peculiar relationship with our President?

Or, is this yet another assignment that is best left to Fox?

Posted by: pgould1 | September 10, 2009 10:46 PM

Does any one watch the "Cheney" Chanel { Fox } anymore ? They're worse than the Muslim terrorists, only dumber.

Posted by: wasaUFO | September 10, 2009 9:52 PM

Glenn Becky should make like his mother and brother and put himself out of our misery.

Posted by: captainkona | September 10, 2009 9:02 PM

FTP GLEN BECK and all you posters here who actually think he is anything but a racist pig on demand crier. I have better stuff on the bottom of my shoes than this individual is made of. Trailers across America are all tuned in to FOX enjoy.

Posted by: jbento | September 10, 2009 7:48 PM

Clarification:

Beck didn't have to accuse Yosi Sargent of anything. The tape, taken in full context, makes it very plain just exactly what Sargent was up to. Maybe you as a media outlet should stop trying to make Beck into the bad guy here and actually do your job, Washington Post and you Mr. Fletcher. You'll probably make more money in the long run and gain a great deal more respect from people who actually know how to think and read. That is unless, of course, you're holding out for a little bit of the stimulus money.

Posted by: SolanumVexus | September 10, 2009 6:26 PM

Birthers Want to See Obama's Penis By Kay Steiger 25 Aug 2009 Birthers have now decided that what makes a person a true, blue, red-blooded American is not the color of your complexion but how much foreskin you have. Commenters (and circumcised Americans) over at Free Republic struck on a revelation yesterday: if Barack Obama has not been circumcised, then he must not have been born in the United States. (These Reichwing whackjobs need to be stopped. BTW, we all know Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are dying to see it, even if they weren't birthers. --LRP)
http://www.legitgov.org/#birthers_want_obamas_penis

Lori R. Price
Citizens For Legitimate Government
http://www.legitgov.org/

Posted by: lorifromclg | September 10, 2009 6:15 PM

BECK RULES!!! He's rapidly becoming the Best News Man in America!!! OBAMA Loves A.C.O.R.N.!?!?!?! Gave ACORN Billions of Dollars, wants ACORN to be apart of the 2010 U.S. Census?!?! (NOTE: You may have to Copy & Paste the Links into your browser as the Post Does NOT allow Active Links in Comments on all Articles) WATCH THESE VIDEOS!!! PART I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtTnizEnC1U PART II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNYU9PamIZk

Posted by: Suffer | September 10, 2009 5:51 PM

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