In the first full day of the Van Jones resignation watch, the White House was mostly quiet on the status of the Green Jobs Czar. The only think they said was the president does believe with the truther nuts. When asked on Friday whether President Barack Obama still had confidence in him, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said only that Jones “continues to work in the administration.”
Gibbs then referred to Jones’ own statement.
Jones flatly said in his statement that he did not agree with the petition’s stand and that “it certainly does not reflect my views, now or ever.” As for his other comments he made before joining Obama’s team, Jones said: “If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize.”
Not surprisingly two of the Broadcast Networks were as tight lipped as the White House, the third mentioned the scandal but blamed it on Fox News:
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ABC and NBC on Friday night, even after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was forced to address the topic, continued their blackout of the radical and America-hating conspiracy views of Van Jones, the “Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation” on the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality.
Instead of taking up how five years ago Jones signed the 911truth.org petition calling for an “immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur,” a revelation to which FNC’s Special Report devoted a full story on Thursday, on ABC’s World News fill-in anchor George Stephanopoulos trumpeted the Obama White House “transparency” in the “unprecedented” decision to release visitor logs, which Jake Tapper described as an “historic” move before Stephanopoulos fretted over how Obama “is facing this liberal revolt over the public health insurance option, and the President decided to take it head-on today.”
Over on NBC, Brian Williams bemoaned: “A back to school speech by the President. How did it get branded as an attempt to brainwash America’s children?” He also conveyed liberal disappointment Obama-defenders aren’t tough enough: “Some are asking how the White House message got hijacked before the speech was delivered and why more people aren’t pushing back.” Andrea Mitchell asserted that “it’s only the latest example of what the White House calls the silly season — town halls where disabled speakers are shouted down….From charges of death panels to the birthers…”
So, NBC Nightly News rued the impact of the “birther” believers but still didn’t find newsworthy how the Obama administration picked for a prominent White House position a guy who believes the nation’s leaders committed mass murder.
Only the CBS Evening News, of the broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday night, mentioned Van Jones — in a full story from Bill Plante that also featured several other wacky and hateful utterances from Jones.
CNN also caught up with FNC on Friday with a full story on The Situation Room by Kate Snow who highlighted how, angry at the non-guilty verdicts for the police officers in the Rodney King case 15 years earlier, in 2005 Jones told the San Francisco-area East Bay Express: “By August, I was a communist.”
In his Thursday night FNC piece James Rosen reported:
And within hours after the Twin Towers collapsed, the groups Jones founded and led lashed out at U.S. police and intelligence agencies for using 9/11 as a, quote, “cash cow.” The manifesto for one of these groups equated those killed on 9/11 with, quote, “the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world.”
Friday night, Stephanopoulos teased World News with an upbeat spin on the highest unemployment rate in 26 years: “The unemployment rate nears 10 percent, but the numbers aren’t all bad.”
He then turned to Jake Tapper at the White House and covered three topics, but not Jones despite the fact Tapper had used his ABCNews.com “Political Punch” blog on Thursday night and Friday to take up Jones.
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Here we go again. Just one more example of why you need to search around to discover the real news. What you see on most TV News sources is akin to Pravda in the days of the USSR, pure propaganda. Perfect for our Thin-skinned progressive POTUS.
When Van Jones resigns in the next few days (which he will), I wonder if the so-called news organizations will cover the story then.