Barack Obama’s communist “green jobs czar”, Van Jones, was recently outed as a 9/11 Truther. Radio host Hugh Hewitt noted on the air:
It was revealed, he’s a truther. He joined, in 2004, he signed a statement calling for then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and others to launch an investigation into evidence that suggest high level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur.
First, the administration and Jones denied he was ever a part of the movement, saying “he did not carefully review the language in the petition before agreeing to add his name.”
Right. That could happen. Twice.
Jones is also a Mumia Abu Jamal supporter:
Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a death row inmate convicted for the 1981 shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer, said the protest was called after the Supreme Court on Monday rejected claims that Abu-Jamal, a former radio journalist and Black Panther, did not receive a fair trial.
“We knew there was another event going on, but the timing of the court decision is what dictated when the protest was held,” said Van Jones, a San Francisco civil rights lawyer who helped coordinate the protest march.
Jones said about 15 protesters occupied the rotunda at the Federal Building on Clay Street in an act of civil disobedience with the hope they would be arrested.
While Charles Johnson says it’s possible Van Jones was misled in his signing the petition, siting other leftists who say they were misled, Ace says it’s ridiculous to make that case because both men Johnson sites, Howard Zinn and Rabbi Michael Lerner, have both written 9/11 Truther articles in the past.
Ace also writes:
A few problems here. First, this is not a lengthy document. One hardly need rely upon the representations of others when the thing can be read in five minutes.
Second, Jones never before disputed his general endorsement of the petition, until it became a political liability. He’s had five years to review and reflect upon the petition. Apparently only now has he bothered to do so.
Third, as Gateway Pundit reported, he signed a similar statement in 2002, insisting that he wanted answers to Trutherish questions.
Fourth, Van "Astronaut" Jones is a dedicated conspiracy theorist. He believes Mumia was set up by a conspiracy of cops and prosecutors and judges and ME’s. He believes "poison" is being deliberately sluiced into black communities by white power companies in a massive, lethal conspiracy.
But in this case we’re supposed to take it on faith that Jones finally ran into a radical leftist conspiracy theory that repelled him?
FIfth, and this is the big one: Charles Johnson knows full well the Truther movement has been notorious and for some time. The 9/11 Truth.org group was formed in June 2004, but of course the conspiracy theories had been floating around before that. The Truthers have never been shy about their beliefs. Anyone moving in anti-war circles — particularly a radical avowed communist such as Van Jones — would have heard the basic plot of their beliefs.
One can’t attend a 9/11 remembrance without Truthers obnoxiously shouting that Bush set us up the bomb.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration stands by Jones:
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs would only say Friday that Jones, no stranger to controversial or offensive statements, is still a part of the administration. He declined to say if Jones still has the confidence of the president.
In a meeting with reporters in his West Wing office, Gibbs referred numerous questions about Jones to the CEQ and a statement Jones released Thursday saying he did not agree with the petition signed by so-called "truthers."
It’s gotten so bad surrounding Van Jones that even Kit Bond is calling for hearings on the him. (Nice of him to stop voting for liberal bills long enough to notice.)
Stacy McCain says that if Van Jones is cut loose, the credit goes to Michelle Malkin and Glenn Beck. Considering this video, I agree:
Kevin D at Dean’s World repeats Glenn Beck’s question:
“How did this man get so close to the President? There are only two answers.
1. The FBI failed miserably during its vetting process.
2. The President knew how radical Van Jones really was.
Answer #1 puts the President in danger. Answer #2 puts America in danger.”
You have to go with answer #2. It’s hard for the Administration to declare this isn’t the Van Jones they thought they knew when they had Valerie Jarrett bragging about him at the NutRoots conference this year:
JARRETT:. You guys know Van Jones? [Applause. Moderator injects: "This is his house apparently."]
JARRETT: Oooh. Van Jones, alright! So, Van Jones. We were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We were watching him, uh, really, he’s not that old, for as long as he’s been active out in Oakland. And all the creative ideas he has. And so now, we have captured that. And we have all that energy in the White House.
They knew who he was and what he stood for. But will they be held accountable for it? The media needs to attack this as hard as they do the importance of Michelle Obama’s wardrobe. (yes, that’s really Time magazine.)
At least the rightoshpere is covering it:
- Patterico – “I cannot imagine why Jones was not selected for a job requiring Senate confirmation.”
- Mickey Kaus – “’Gone by midnight’ is the prediction. He’s on the Liverpool Care Pathway! Soon he’ll meet with his death panel and be under the bus!”
- Confederate Yankee: “Jones has been proven to be both a liar and an idiot.”
- Say Anything: “The Left is beyond parodying. No matter how absurd you try to be, they are always more outrageous.”
- Right Soup: “Vetting mistake? Please. A simple Google search turns up plenty of controversial Van videos and assertions. I don’t buy any claim by Obama that he didn’t know about Van’s radicalism…I think it’s why he got the job.”
- Van Helsing: “It is bizarre that the regime would deny the proven fact that Jones is a Truther, but not deny he’s a communist. Truthers didn’t kill over 100 million people last century…”
- Right Wing Nut House: “It perplexes me that people like Jones, whose radical past is filled with racist, bigoted, statements against white people as well as nutty beliefs that corporations are trying to kill black people, are even seriously considered for important posts in government.”
- Holy Coast: “He’s an embarrassment to Obama and the Democrats, but will likely keep his job since Obama long ago lost his ability to be embarrassed by his friends and associates. After awhile crazy starts to look normal, and Obama is surrounded by crazy.”
- The Jawa Report: “There’s no denying it now – this guy wasn’t just a Truther – he was one of the early advocates of this whole mental illness called 9-11 Trutherism, and he kept his toes in it for years. And he’s going on record denying that he had any idea what was going on here. He’s either a buffoonish moron without three brain cells to rub together, or he’s a 9-11 Truther loonbat.
- California Conservative: “During his “time in Oakland”, he was an admitted Communist, an admitted revolutionary and a person who said that white people were committing chemical genocide against people of color. He spoke out that wealth should be given to native Americans and that we needed to change our entire economic system. Simply put, the Obama administration knew exactly who Van Jones was.”
- Scared Monkeys: “How could anyone with this in his past be a part of a Presidential Administration? President Barack Obama has a lot of explaining.“
- Dan Riehl: “The whole crew needs to be scrutinized, frankly. Except for the Clinton-ites, who are beginning to look like not much more than window dressing, we have a WH of leftists from one wing to the other.”
- The Sundries Shack: “I’ve seen more plausible denials in Bugs Bunny cartoons. Heck, I’d be more likely to believe “He’s not in the stove!” than anything Van Jones says about his Trutherism, or lack thereof. At least when Bugs Bunny tried to trick to you, he did it with a wink and a smile.”
- Flopping Aces: “We all know only a man known to run in a circle of loons could of brought him in…and that man is our President.”
- Daily Pundit: “I hope they keep him on. I want these bozos to let their commie and socialist freak flags fly, so that America can see for itself just what sort of thugs they’ve put in charge of things.”
- Yid with Lid: “If it is a matter of lousy vetting, what else did they miss? Are there a other people working at the White House with credentials that are much worse than Van Jones?”
- Theblogprof: “The beginning of the end for Van Jones in his current position may have been when he picked a fight with Glenn Beck and led a boycott of his show from behind the scenes.”
- The Anchoress: “I say Jones’ll be thrown under the bus by Monday, after the Sunday Gasbag Shows.”
- The Lonely Conservative: “The audio/video of this man just keeps cropping up. He sure is (or was) talkative, that one. He said only white kids shoot up schools, and that President Bush used the American flag to “whip” and “lynch” Iraq war dissenters.”
- Pronk Palisades: “Van Jones must now submit his resignation. Otherwise, President Obama must throw him under the bus and run him over.”
- Troglopundit: “Of course they’ve got some Truthers in there. Hell, Truthers are probably in the majority in today’s White House.”
- POWIP: 2 things are certain. 1) There’s noooooo bias in the MSM… 2) I’m clearly
a racist for criticizing Jones or Obama; or for even bringing this matter up…”
That’s one of the more disgusting aspects of this already disgusting story. Despite all the coverage on the blogosphere and the work of Glenn Beck, there is next to no coverage of this man by the main stream media. Ace notes:
From a Nexis search a few moments ago:
Total words about the Van Jones controversy in the New York Times: 0.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy in the Washington Post: 0.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy on NBC Nightly News: 0.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy on ABC World News: 0.
Total words about the Van Jones controversy on CBS Evening News: 0.
I doubt most Americans have ever heard of Van Jones, or ever will.
American Thinker Blog wants to “get a pool going to see how long Obama hangs on to Jones. I say he’s gone by Monday at the latest. What’s your guess?”
My guess? I would be surprised to see him not a part of this administration. He may be dismissed as a green jobs czar, but kept on in another capacity.
After all, Sen. Tom Daschle isn’t Health and Human Service Secretary, but, as the New York Times writes, “these days it often seems as if Daschle never left the picture.”