Ovation CEO Calls Out Sarah Palin
Some like her, some hate her, but like her or not Sarah Palin has made a name for herself for speaking out on different topics. This time on theÂ Fox “Hannity” show Palin calls for cutting back on the National Endowment of the Arts.
During her interview on the show, Palin said, â€œNPR, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, all those kind of frivolous things that the government shouldnâ€™t be in the business of funding with tax dollars, those should all be on the chopping block as we talk about the $14 trillion debt that weâ€™re going to hand to our kids and our grandkids. Yes, those are the type of things that, for more than one reason, need to be cut.â€
In response, Ovation’s CEOÂ Charles Segars, released the following statement:
“While it’s not surprising that those hungry for constant media attention, like Sarah Palin, would use the misguided words of one former NPR employee as fodder to call the entire organization a mouth piece for the Left, I am surprised that she would go so far as to extend this thinking to the NEA. Â She has called the NEA ‘frivolous’ and said it should be cut. Â This kind of knee-jerk, uninformed rhetoric is the stuff of cheap-shot campaign commercials.Â America’s arts sector is a huge driver of our economy and proposed cuts to the NEA don’t take into account the substantial return on investment those funds generate in tax revenue to local, state and federal treasuries. Â Shame on her for turning the arts into partisan politics. Â It doesn’t take much creative thinking to work this out. Â The Arts are good for America and Americans, and on Arts Advocacy Day April 5 — you’ll hear many more voices join the chorus.”