Jones calls it quits at the absolute bottom of the news cycle

Someone asked me about five days ago if I was planning to write anything about Obama’s green jobs adviser Van Jones. My other responsibilities and issues with our “enhanced” Web host was the primary reason why I was not writing, but I also figured he’d be gone by Labor Day. Bye, bye.

Van Jones “resigned” – yeah, right – in the middle of the night at almost the middle of our three day weekend.

van-jones-nbc-headlineWhat disturbs me this morning is NBC’s assertion in their headline that Jones resigned after GOP attacks. Bull feathers. The main stream media mostly ignored the background, resume, video statements, written statements and associates of Jones for weeks. The alternate media picked it up and simply laid out the man’s own background, resume, video statements and written statements and – for the most part – let the documentation speak for itself.

Unlike the Bush 43 National Guard memos, Jones’ history was not manufactured.

Michelle Malkin’s best seller – Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies – was one of the major publications to bring Van Jones’ history to light. I guess a few people read the book.

From Breitbart and AP …

Jones issued an apology on Thursday for his past statements. When asked the next day whether Obama still had confidence in him, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said only that Jones “continues to work in the administration.”

The matter surfaced after news reports of a derogatory comment Jones made in the past about Republicans, and separately, of Jones’ name appearing on a petition connected to the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. That 2004 petition had asked for congressional hearings and other investigations into whether high-level government officials had allowed the attacks to occur.

The white-wash of Jones’ own background – documented everywhere – has begun. Not to worry, plenty of other alternate media outlets are covering. Scott over at Power Line has a good recap. This morning, Malkin, Gateway Pundit, Sister Toldja, and AJ at Strata-Sphere writes

Van Jones is just the first sign that team Obama knows it needs to move smartly away from the far left fringe (liberals, progressives, whatever). The question is whether it is already too late to dump the left and full the center into believing there has been a massive change of heart in DC. I don’t see how President Obama can pull himself out of this mess, one he made with all his overblown promises that now he cannot make good on for anyone – left, right or center.

We must continue to closely review Obama’s choices for cabinet positions a other leadership czar posts not requiring Senate review. Obama’s choices reflect his positions no matter what he says on TV, YouTube or in the classroom this week. His choices represent his own views and agenda.

Update: Immediately after my post, I e-mailed Malkin to let her know her book would become a check list for the alternative media as they move to expose the Culture of Corruption in President Obama’s administration. She – unknowingly – directly replied to my e-mail in a post a few seconds later.

The story is not just about Jones.

The story is about Adolfo Carrion, Carol Browner, Vivek Kundra, Nancy DeParle, John Holdren, Cass Sunstein, Mark Lloyd, Obama’s education comrades, and the culture of circumvention and corruption that plagues this White House.

The story is the czar explosion, purposeful undermining of congressional oversight, Valerie Jarrett’s promotion of a two-bit Jeremiah Wright in eco-guru’s clothing, and the public vetting of unaccountable Obama appointees that Washington won’t do.

They don’t get it. They’re in the tank. Behind the curve. And slouching towards irrelevance.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. donh on September 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I heard this news over the radio driving to my regular Sunday flea market at 4:00 AM … Not only has the Obama Joke finally bombed even the teflon has disappeared. When people's very lives are in your hands , incompetance will soon make even the most dependant people bite the hand that feeds them.

  2. Jeff S on September 6, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Could you imagine who would be left if the rest of media started covering this stuff like they did with Bush and even Clinton.  One network, that doesn't bow down (like Brian Williams), to Obama, and actually look at what he is doing and saying and not be too concerned over date night and beer summits.

  3. gillie28 on September 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Surprising that he quit with little or no fight to defend himself.  That might show his record really can't stand up to close scrutiny.  Also, what does it mean that he's still working for the WH?  Has anything really changed?

  4. Rick-WH on September 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Van Jones had no way to defend himself.  Hopefully,  the damage that he caused while serving President Obama can be contained.  There remain others still on board that put our country at risk.

  5. Dimsdale on September 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Ah, a perfect example of someone being hoisted on their own petard.  Jones claimed that "lies and distortions" were used to "defame" him.  Well, if his own statements and actions took him down, then the lies and distortions were his.

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