Light continues to be shed on controversial Obama administration official Van Jones. No surprise that it’s Fox News flipping on the switch. An organization Jones was integrally involved with has been targeting the cable network’s advertising in a boycott campaign for Glenn Beck‘s criticisms of the president.
While Fox News does have a vested interest in seeing Jones outed as a radical – and thus presumably damaged and discredited – that in itself does not diminish the newsworthiness or accuracy of the information the outlet is reporting. Nor does an apparent self-interest preclude that the reporting might be the product of genuine journalistic motivations. The background of administration political appointees is of legitimate public interest.
As reported by the article:
“Jones joined the ‘9/11 truther’ movement by signing a statement in 2004 calling for then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and others to launch an investigation into evidence that suggests ‘people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war.’ “
This week, video emerged on YouTube of Jones calling Republicans “a**holes.” He has regularly relied on racially inflammatory rhetoric in the past to advance political goals, and was a “declared” communist in the 1980s, according to the FNC piece. (Does that make him an “undeclared” communist today?)
We’ll see where all this leads – Jones already had to back off the name-calling. The real question is, why is this individual serving in the first place, and what does it say about the current administration?