Sunday, September 06, 2009

Van Jones resigns as "Green Czar"

But not without whining about us "rightwing extremists." How dare we actually investigate his radical past?

"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide," he said.
"I have been inundated with calls -- from across the political spectrum -- urging me to 'stay and fight,'

What lies would that be? That he didn't sign the 9-11 truther statement? That he didn't defend cop killer Mumia-Abu Jama? That he wasn't a self described communist? He has denied none of it and the evidence is there for all to see.

Do not believe for a moment that the Obama administration and Obama himself were not aware of Jone's radical past. They haven't said they were unaware, and are still defending him on Sunday talk shows as he exits stage far left.

Of course the sad part is that all across America people are hearing the name "Van Jones" for the first time today, because other than Fox News and the LA Times, no other msm media outlet has bothered with the story.

The Washington Post ran it's FIRST story on Jones YESTERDAY.

Bottom line. If you aren't reading online new media, you are missing out on important stories that affect us all. This is the shame of mainstream media.

Just to give you perspective, this would be like President Bush appointing David Duke as one of his "Czars" in the administration. Imagine what the coverage would have been like on that one. But of course, never in a million years would Bush have done that because we in our party condemns the extremists. The Obama administration appoints them to high level positions.

There is a much bigger story here if any decent journalist would care to investigate it.

Update: I thought you might be interested in the take on Van Jones from black moderates and conservatives at Booker Rising.

My favorite comes from Cobb, a moderate black conservative and one of my favorite bloggers:

OK, so maybe Dvorak was halfway wrong about the President's CTO, but I've seen about 7 minutes of Van Jones video, some of which is Congressional testimony and I'm thinking that Obama must really believe that older people are incorrigible and unforgivably stupid. But maybe I'm thinking the wrong way about how czarist political sausage is made. Maybe you hire smart young people who haven't built anything to be the mouthpieces of the office of the President. I thought it was supposed to be the other way around, that you got the most experienced people you can to advice the White House on how things really work and then reality-based policy moves from there. Nope. That's not the Obama way. He gets young Turks. Well, this turkey is out on his can. Let him fast talk someplace else."