A Conservative on Broadway? David Marcus on Funding of the Arts

One year ago, actor and director David Marcus wrote a piece for Narrative.ly on what it’s like to be openly conservative in the hyper-liberal realm of the arts. Having never been “blacklisted” himself, Marcus encouraged other conservative artists to follow his lead. Within six months of the article’s publication, news emerged about an actress who was pressured into resigning from a San Francisco theater production for vocalizing her conservative views. During the same period, the IRS was revealed to have targeted an association of Hollywood conservatives for special investigation. Meanwhile, the Federal government skews arts funding in favor of progressive interests – satisfying elite preferences at the expense of taxpayers who often can’t even afford the final product. Marcus wants to ensure that individual artists can promote their unique values on a level playing field, and is now seeking answers from the incoming chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu. Marcus joined Bob to discuss how fellow artists/entrepreneurs can take back the arts. Where to begin? How about offering quality entertainment at an affordable price?

Hollywood: Obama’s Ministry of Propaganda

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, entertainer, journalist and blogger who has set out the link between Hollywood and the American Left.  He argues that the movie moguls and TV producers have come to be the functional equivalent of the Democratic Party and political messages are surreptitiously embedded in films and sitcoms.  What could the propaganda czars of Russia, China and North Korea learn from the residents of Beverly Hills 90210?   In this episode, Ben joins Bob to discuss his highly talked about and controversial new book “Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV.”  Forget the fictional villains such as Hannibal Lector.  They’re just there to distract us from the real ones on and behind the big and small screens!  You won’t want to miss this show.

NPR

NPR got what it deserved from the GOP-controlled House – nothing!  Finally, a first step towards defunding  National Patronizing Radio.  While the dollars are small, the symbolism is large.  Washington should leave it to dictatorships to fund culture.  If government funds the arts, it gets to determine what is good art and what is garbage.  The free market should decide, not some government Medici wannabe.   Bob supports the closing of the National Endowment of the Arts and the Humanities.  Good artists don’t need government handouts and bad artists need to learn to support themselves.