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Van Jones: Dereliction of MSM in Age of Obama

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:54 am - September 6, 2009.
Filed under: Democratic Scandals,Media Bias,Pelosi Watch

Were I not enjoying the last few days of an unusual vacation, I might blog more on two issues receiving scant attention from the mainstream media, but which show a level of corruption and radicalism among Washington Democrats that would raise the hackles of tens of millions of Americans, including many who pulled the lever last fall for Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates, if they knew.

The first, of course, is the radical background of the President’s former green jobs czar Van Jones who resigned within the past twenty-four hours. Both Glenn and Michelle (the latter also in her Buzzworthy column) have a plethora of links to thoughtful commentary on the right.

In this post, Glenn links a couple of bloggers who, like Ed Driscoll, observe that it really wasn’t until the Obama Administration official’s resignation that those who rely on the MSM for news learned of his radical past:

Scott Johnson: “Jones was also a perfect symbol of the dereliction of the mainstream media in the Age of Obama. Those who rely on the New York Times for their news, for example, will learn of Jones’s departure some time soon, but it will come as a great surprise to them, and well after the shouting is over. Whatever Jones said is already heard indistinctly, like a distant echo, in the Times’s lame overnight report.”

The other story is the various scandals swirling around the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Charlie Rangel on whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “loath to drop the hammer.

Can you imagine the heat generated in the MSM if, during the days of Republican control of Congress, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee had a similarly checkered career?  Or if W had tapped a radical Clinton-hater to his White House staff?

Obama Misreads his Mandate

Charles Krauthammer explains:

In a center-right country, that was problem enough. Obama then compounded it by vastly misreading his mandate. He assumed it was personal. This, after winning by a mere seven points in a year of true economic catastrophe, of an extraordinarily unpopular Republican incumbent, and of a politically weak and unsteady opponent. Nonetheless, Obama imagined that, as Fouad Ajami so brilliantly observed, he had won the kind of banana-republic plebiscite that grants caudillo-like authority to remake everything in one’s own image.

Accordingly, Obama unveiled his plans for a grand makeover of the American system, animating that vision by enacting measure after measure that greatly enlarged state power, government spending and national debt. Not surprisingly, these measures engendered powerful popular skepticism that burst into tea-party town-hall resistance.

Emphasis added. Read the whole thing.

Van Jones, Obama’s “Truther” Green Jobs Czar, Resigns

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:19 am - September 6, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Obama Watch

We all knew it was coming, the only question was when.  

It seemed the Obama Administration decided to let  Van Jones go in the middle of a holiday weekend when few people were paying attention.  The White House announced his resignation in the wee hours of Sunday* on Labor Day weekend:

Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly “green jobs” with the White House Council on Environmental Quality was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.

And true to form, this man who much maligned the Bush Administration left swinging, saying in his resignation statement:

On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. . . . They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.

Sounds like he’s describing the tactics of some of his former White House colleagues and their special interest allies working to help pass the President’s various big-spending initiatives.

Kudos to the numerous conservative bloggers, notably Jim Hoft, who investigated the issue while the MSM ignored it.  Independent bloggers did their research for them.  Finally, their posts generated enough chatter that the MSM finally picked it up.

This story shows how much new media have changed the world.  In the past, a Democratic White House may have been able to get away with hiring a former Communist with radical views and an undiplomatic vocabulary. (more…)