Van Jones bio material emerges

(5:27 PM CST UPDATE: Hot Air, Behind Blue Lines and other blogs have been inquiring and continue to investigate…)

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?

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One response to “Van Jones bio material emerges

  1. Anne estrada

    I’m hearing a media war between CNN & FOX over the messinger, and some facts ( arrest) being tossed aside. It’s now time for The Senate to do the job the White House didn’t; vet these advisers thoroughly, dislose their job descriptions , staff, budgets, and lines of authority, and the very constitutioality of this massive expansion of the executive branch. I’m trying to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, but his answer to everything has been to consolidate in the WH ( GM, census, interrog unit, & over 35 new “advisers” or czars) . I’m 63, I’ve lived a lot of history, and somethings not right.

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