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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?

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26 Comments

  1. Glenn Beck issues a statement.

    Comment by V the K — September 6, 2009 @ 12:31 pm - September 6, 2009

  2. V: That link was demonic, but it made my day!

    For all the GOP’s cringing, the press is truly irrelevant and has been for some time now. I’m old enough to remember Reagan’s first term where seemingly every article was a scare story about how he was a blow-dried B-list actor who nonetheless would bring the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation. And, of course, the American people loved him anyway.

    No, the focus must stay on Obama himself. How could a man like Van Jones get to work at the White House unless Obama and he were in fact friendly? Unless Obama and he shared common goals? Unless Obama and he agreed with each other on tactics?

    Mark Levin notes that there are hundreds and perhaps thousands of Van Joneses in this administration. None of whom would be there without Barack Obama’s hand. To lose focus and get triumphal would be a major mistake.

    Best wishes,
    -MFS

    Comment by MFS — September 6, 2009 @ 1:39 pm - September 6, 2009

  3. Like if Bush had hired Linda Tripp?

    Comment by bertie — September 6, 2009 @ 2:01 pm - September 6, 2009

  4. the cronism & unamericanism of this administration is starting to show-wonder if the MSM will report on that?
    NAH!
    the MSM is sooooooo afraid to criticize obama because they think they’ll be called racist
    but yet the MSM criticized bush2 & every other republican at every single turn
    the MSM won’t even investigate the illegal shenanigans of certain democrats in congress, but will gleefully & gladly report on republican shenanigans/shortcomings/failures/scandals
    talk bout a double standard!
    i’d like to see every single person in obama’s administration have their links to radical groups exposed-but that’s a pipe dream since the MSM is allied or owned by people affiliated with these groups

    Comment by NARNC60AC — September 6, 2009 @ 2:15 pm - September 6, 2009

  5. My response to Van Jones’s resignation: “Na, na, na, na, hey, hey, hey, Goodbye.” And, don’t let the screen door hit you on your way out! O.K., I know it’s a little petty and immature, but I am SO outraged by his venomous vitriol, I’m sinking to a new low! He’ll find plenty of allies for his “racism” defense as he doesn’t believe his own words are the cause for this uproar. Sadly, only 2 of my Facebook friends had ever even heard of Van Jones.

    Comment by Jill Flyer — September 6, 2009 @ 3:32 pm - September 6, 2009

  6. The Matrix Runs on Windows XP and Be sure to click on “Down The Rabbit Hole With You” for Olbermann’s paranoid reaction to Van Jones resigning with a Daily Kos post.

    http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/09/whiskey-tango-foxtrot-matrix-runs-on.html

    Comment by keyboard jockey — September 6, 2009 @ 5:50 pm - September 6, 2009

  7. I was hoping that Van Jones would hang on longer in his position so that he could further inflict more damage on the administration.

    Comment by LCRW — September 6, 2009 @ 7:08 pm - September 6, 2009

  8. #4 I’ve stopped caring what the old media reports; they are becoming less and less important or believable every day. Sure, some people in Manhattan, LA and SF still rely on them as a news source, but outside of those blue bastions, no one pays much attention to them anymore and I think they, the old media, are beginning to understand that. And that is making them desperate.

    Expect more hysterical reporting on anyone on the right who begins to show signs of becoming a leader. We all know what they did to Sarah Palin. I’ve come to the conclusion that an attack by the old media has become an asset to anyone they oppose.

    Comment by John in Dublin CA — September 6, 2009 @ 7:50 pm - September 6, 2009

  9. I call shenanigans, V. I doubt that Olberfrau has ever taken the romote, amongst other things, out.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — September 7, 2009 @ 2:07 am - September 7, 2009

  10. It amazes me how few understand that the Green movement is in reality the same as the Communist movement. Red is supposed to be the opposite of green, but in this case the Greens are closet reds, who have cloaked themselves in green in an attempt to make themselves more palatable.

    Look at the way that the young people who go to college generally come out as automatons. It is a blessing that some here, who have degrees have not fallen into the same pit as this little automatons who parrot what they hear in class.

    People like Jones, Holdren and Sunstein have no place to be in such positions of high power. The fact that their positions were not approved by the Congress is something that has an odour – a very bad odour at that. It seems that the POTUS has used this back door method to pull something over the American people by stealth. It is very creepy the way that he has behaved right from the git go.

    Comment by thestraightaussie — September 7, 2009 @ 7:08 am - September 7, 2009

  11. In revenge, the left (classy as usual) have decided to accuse Beck of raping and murdering a young girl and challenge him to deny it. Apparently, in their deranged state, they think Glenn Beck made up everything he said about Van Jones; despite the fact that he used video of Jones denouncing capitalism and engaging in other radical behavior, and despite the fact that Beck repeatedly offered the white house the opportunity to come on his show and refute the charges.

    If the rape/murder accusation doesn’t work out. Here are some other suggestions, like starting a rumor he drove his car off a bridge and left a woman to die. Or a rumor that he let his gay boyfriend run a prostitution ring out of his penthouse. I mean, those outrageous rumors, if true, surely should destroy his career, right? What moral person would put someone who did those things into a position of public responsibility?

    Comment by V the K — September 7, 2009 @ 9:34 am - September 7, 2009

  12. #11, LOL nothing like cutting right to the bone.

    Comment by Steven E. Kalbach — September 7, 2009 @ 10:28 am - September 7, 2009

  13. V the K – Humm…I like the humor you are putting out in the clouds. There is nothing like the truth to actually stun people into reality. Keep on writing my friend. Factoid – Colonel Custer was actually offered Gatling Guns for his illfated expedition into obilivion at the Little Bighorn!!!

    Comment by Duffy - Native Intelligence — September 7, 2009 @ 2:40 pm - September 7, 2009

  14. While no one is looking…
    record American deaths in Afganistan.
    new more frequent bombings in Iraq.
    Iraq suspends relations with Syria as they accuse Syria in the most recent terror bombings.

    Hope Barack and Michelle enjoy Labor Day weekend while Americans die. Who thought after Obama’s election, the world would come together and help with Iraq, Iran, Darfur and Afganistan? I wasn’t fooled. Remember such a short time ago when Obama gave his speech in Egypt? Nice job Mr President. How is all that apologizing working out for ya?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — September 7, 2009 @ 3:09 pm - September 7, 2009

  15. #11: LOL! Awesome, V the K. Truly.

    Actually, I would like to see some intrepid conservative blogger/reporter just do some garden variety reconnaissance on how Van Jones goes about his business on a daily basis. Considering his revered status as a “green” eco-fascist, I have little doubt that his lifestyle leaves a carbon footprint larger than a herd of hungry, rampaging T-Rexes.

    Comment by Sean A — September 7, 2009 @ 3:54 pm - September 7, 2009

  16. In revenge, the left (classy as usual) have decided to accuse Beck of raping and murdering a young girl and challenge him to deny it.

    Did we ever get evidence Chairman Obama didn’t have sex with that guy in the limo or taxi or whatever it was?

    Even Classier is Money Whore David Brock calling Beck a “lunatic bully”.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — September 7, 2009 @ 4:25 pm - September 7, 2009

  17. the Green movement is in reality the same as the Communist movement. Red is supposed to be the opposite of green, but in this case the Greens are closet reds, who have cloaked themselves in green in an attempt to make themselves more palatable.

    That’s why some folks say the Environmentalists are “watermelons”: a thin layer of green on the outside, but red all the way through on the inside. Direct attacks on Capitalism have not succeeded, so the Green tactic is now to advance the idea that Capitalism is destroying the planet. Although they usually call it greed or something other than Capitalism. And never mind that red China and the Soviet bloc countries have disastrous environmental records compared to the West.

    Comment by Conservative Guy — September 7, 2009 @ 5:45 pm - September 7, 2009

  18. The MSM state run media is also ignoring the horrible corruption of leading Democrat Congressman Rangel. No transparency there. Wonder why the MSM doesn’t ask the President his opinion of Jones, Rangel, and the other crooks in this administration. They could have shouted the questions at Obama as he was going up to Marthas Vineyard on his vacation. Guess it’s not interesting enough. Right now I’m watcing a pig judging contest on CNN at some state fair. Interesting.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — September 7, 2009 @ 6:28 pm - September 7, 2009

  19. Right now I’m watcing a pig judging contest on CNN at some state fair.

    Actually, that’s ‘The View’ interviewing Michael Moore. I can understand your confusion.

    Comment by V the K — September 7, 2009 @ 8:09 pm - September 7, 2009

  20. The MSM believe they can “spike” a story by depriving it of “oxygen”. The truth is that there are now alternative supplies of oxygen of which they have no control. This should be a major wake up for them that the “journalism” days are over and the “reporting” days have returned.

    Comment by crosspatch — September 8, 2009 @ 3:53 am - September 8, 2009

  21. That doesn’t make any sense. If the msm is so in the bag for obama, why was jones bounced? Why weren’t they able to protect him?

    Comment by don — September 8, 2009 @ 3:15 pm - September 8, 2009

  22. #21: “If the msm is so in the bag for obama, why was jones bounced? Why weren’t they able to protect him?”

    Because Obama made no effort to protect him.

    Comment by Sean A — September 8, 2009 @ 10:17 pm - September 8, 2009

  23. Damn shame he isn’t a conservative. He’s a damn fine looking man.

    Comment by john45409 — September 8, 2009 @ 10:31 pm - September 8, 2009

  24. Easy answer don.

    You can only hide information for so long with the internet now. You can’t stop the signal.

    Byron York did a Lexis/Nexis search for prior to Sunday. Number of words given to the Van Jones statements 0. He also explains why here.

    Comment by The Livewire — September 9, 2009 @ 6:48 am - September 9, 2009

  25. #21 even Obama and Tom Brokaw couldn’t save Charles Manson or Jeffery Dahmer. Geez.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — September 9, 2009 @ 12:42 pm - September 9, 2009

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