Yesterday I noted Project Veritas’ video of Van Jones calling Trumprussia a nothingburger. Commentor CrayCrayPatriot kindly pointed us to Jones’ response. It’s the kind of response I’ve seen from lefties many times, over the years. I thought I’d analyze it.
If you read it through, Jones’ response consists of:
- Name-calling his opponents. (“crazies”, “con artists”, etc. who “trick” people)
- Asserting that Project Veritas undercover videos are somehow faked. (So: Don’t believe your lyin’ eyes. Don’t believe what is right on the video, for all to see.)
- Changing the subject to Sarah Huckabee Sanders and President Trump.
- Deceptively editing his own words, to create a different meaning after-the-fact.
- Changing the subject to Jones’ own astuteness in declaring that Russia is a nothing-burger and we should be talking about other things.
Here is the relevant exchange from the video:
Undercover journalist: What do you think is going to happen this week with the whole Russia thing?
Van Jones: The Russia thing is just a big nothing burger.
UJ: You don’t think that —
VJ: There’s nothing there you can do.
Note the middle bit – Jones saying YEAH, it’s REALLY a nothing-burger. Also Jones’ last sentence, re-affirming “There’s nothing there,” nothing “you can do” with it as it is destined to stall out.
In Jones’ response piece, he deceptively edits the exchange to this:
Interviewer: “What do you think is going to happen this week with the whole Russian thing?
Van Jones: “The whole Russia thing is a big nothing-burger. There is nothing you can do –“
Aside from the omitted middle section, Jones subtly changes the words (adding or deleting a couple). He makes it better for Jones. He creates an impression that, in an interview, he was only sighing and lamenting people’s powerlessness to do anything about the undeniable Trump-Russia collusion which of course he believes in because it’s so real.
Except that’s not what he said. So once more, a leftie is caught – and his response is to spin and deflect, distort and divert, knowing the yokels will give it credit.
I can see Jones’ appeal to people. He has a certain charisma that comes from being easy on the eyes and “smooth” in his deceptions as, most of the time, he believes what he’s saying. (The smoothest deceivers begin on themselves.)
And yet I’m not impressed. Jones’ spiel leaves a lot of openings. It takes only a little critical thinking, to penetrate him.