If they are taking steps to make sure such a call never happens again, is that tacit admission that what they did was wrong/illegal?
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/09/after-inappropriate-nea-conference-call-white-house-pushes-new-guidelines.html (via http://biggovernment.com/2009/09/22/breaking-white-house-officials-to-make-sure-inappropriate-nea-conference-call-never-happens-again)
"White House officials say they are enacting specific steps to make sure such a call never happens again.
Today White House officials are meeting with the chiefs of staff of the executive branch agencies to discuss rules and best practices in this area, a conversation during which they will be told that that while White House lawyers do not believe that the NEA call violated the law, "the appearance issues troubled some participants," Burton said. "It is the policy of the administration that grant decisions should be on the merits and that government officials should avoid even creating the incorrect appearance that politics has anything to do with these decisions.""
Past posts on the NEA/Obama Connection:
Berman Post: Obama Administration Politicizing The National Endowment For The Arts?
Berman Post: Breitbart And Courrielche Talk About The NEA/Obama Connection on Hannity