Statement from Ovation CEO Charles Segars Regarding Comments Made by Sarah Palin on Fox News' "Hannity" Show on March 10

Mar 14, 2011, 17:20 ET from Charles Segars

LOS ANGELES, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "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.  She has called the NEA 'frivolous' and said it should be cut.  This kind of knee-jerk,  uninformed rhetoric is the stuff of cheap-shot campaign commercials. 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.  Shame on her for turning the arts into partisan politics.  It doesn't take much creative thinking to work this out.  The Arts are good for America and Americans, and on Arts Advocacy Day April 5 -- you'll hear many more voices join the chorus."

About Charles Segars

Charles Segars is the CEO of Ovation, the only television and multi-platform network dedicated to arts culture.  Mr. Segars is also the co-creator and executive producer of the "National Treasure" movie franchise, and the Honorary Co-Chair of Arts Advocacy Day 2011.

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