Van Jones is officially president Obama’s special adviser for enterprise and innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (the green jobs Czar). Jones was a founder and leader of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement. The group, now disbanded, had Marxist, Leninist and Maoist influences. Jones says he became a communist and radical after the officers accused of using excessive force on Rodney King were acquitted. He’s supposedly a reformed anti-capitalist, but not everyone is convinced. Jones long-time association with the most radical of causes has been pointed out by Fox commentator Glenn Beck many times.
Beck uses a method that the Democrats believe is totally reprehensible, he repeats the words (in context) that Jones has used. WND is reporting that an organization created by Jones is leading the Administrations attack on Glen Beck
Colors of Change says the controversy stems from Beck’s recent comment while a guest on another Fox News show that Obama is a “racist” with “a deep-seated hatred for white people.”
Bill Shine of Fox News’ programming department clarified Beck was expressing “a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel. And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions.”
The media watchdog NewsBusters.org exposed Van Jones is a co-founder of Colors of Change. The group’s executive director is James Rucker, who previously served as director of Grassroots Mobilization for the radical MoveOn.org.
Of course Jones affiliation with Colors of Change was covered up right away.
Immediately following NewsBusters report, Colors of Change scrubbed its site of any mention of Jones. However, a Google cache of the site lists Jones as a founder.
After News Busters pointed out the deletion, Colors of Change added Jones back to its site but now claims “Van hasn’t been active in the work of ColorOfChange in recent years.”
“After helping ColorOfChange get started in 2005, Van moved on to other pursuits,” the website now claims.
Previously, the site simply listed Jones as a co-founder but did not claim any distance from the radical activist.
Most major media reports on the Colors of Change campaign fail to note Jones is a founder of the group or that Beck has been reporting critically on Jones.
Beck’s program, meanwhile, has been taking major hits from the Colors of Change campaign.
Geico and Lawyers.com have pulled their ads from the Fox News show, and Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance and SC Johnson have all claimed their ads were run in error and vowed to correct the mistake.
Fox News said most of the companies will have their ads shifted to other Fox programs.
According to the White House blog, Jones’ duties include helping to craft job-generating climate policy and to ensure equal opportunity in the administration’s energy proposals.
Until recently, Jones was a longtime member of the board of Apollo Alliance, a coalition of labor, business, environmental and community leaders that claims on its website to be “working to catalyze a clean energy revolution that will put millions of Americans to work in a new generation of high-quality, green-collar jobs.” Apollo is another group whose failings have been pointed out by Beck.
You can believe that Beck’s whistle blowing of Van Jones and Apollo if wish, but it all seems very, very convenient.
For being the Target of the Obama administration quest to quash the First Amendment, and silence any dissent, Glenn Beck is Today’s Winner of “Who Barack Obama is bullying today.”