“Meet the Press” finds the big lesson in the Van Jones story: You can’t trust the Internet

posted at 6:24 pm on September 6, 2009 by Allahpundit

You have to see it to believe it. The singular lesson of the past week, after big media failed to uncover Jones’s Truther past and then actively suppressed it when it broke online, is that they can’t be trusted to chase stories that are inconvenient to The One — especially if doing so would burnish Glenn Beck’s credibility. And yet here they are, through two of their priestlier representatives, warning the public that only a fool would play in the “open sewer” that is the Internet, where lies and smears and video clips that the networks won’t show of Obama administration officials calling Republicans “assholes” flow insidiously onward. Plenty of viewers will believe them, too: Remember, for many, their first taste of the Van Jones story came this morning, and no sooner did they hear about it than a trusted figure like Tom Brokaw appeared to dismiss it as a smear campaign. You couldn’t script a more Orwellian ending. Friedman actually goes so far as to call this a cautionary tale about how everyone’s a potential target in the age of mass media. Hey, Tom? He’s a Truther in charge of $60 billion in taxpayer money. We’re not talking about some alderman here who got caught saying something off-color at the Dairy Queen. Quoth Jonah Goldberg: “What a tragedy that fewer people will support cop-killers and anti-American conspiracy groups because of poor Van Jones chilling effect on the culture.”

Oh, and speaking of whitewashes, the White House wants you to believe that they didn’t know about any of it.

A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a personnel matter, said Sunday that Jones’s past was not studied as intensively as other advisers because of his relatively low rank.

Jones’s position, for example, did not require Senate confirmation. So he avoided the kind of vetting Cabinet officials were subjected to…

“He was not as thoroughly vetted as other administration officials,” the official said. “It’s fair to say there were unknowns.”

Valerie Jarrett seemed pretty excited about him, so presumably she had an inkling about his past. But even if they’re telling the truth and somehow the multiple-page questionnaire all administration officials are required to fill out wasn’t broad enough to catch, ahem, Trutherism, this is nothing less than a confession by the White House that its czars might very well be unsavory characters with skeletons in their closets. Why vet them if they don’t have to pass the Senate, right? And if you do vet them and conclude that they can’t pass the Senate — as almost certainly happened with Jones — then just make them a czar and the problem is solved. It’s not like Tom Brokaw or Tom Friedman is going to hassle you. Exit quotation from Glenn Beck: “The American people stood up and demanded answers. Instead of providing them, the Administration had Jones resign under cover of darkness.” Click the image to watch.


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Did they just compare a raging facist communist to my kids? They are really besides themselves for not even Tom can pull the logic out of the hat on this one. Are they in for a whooping in 2010, 12. Jeez. Bon Appetite guys.

moyeti on September 7, 2009 at 3:32 PM

I just do not get it. This bunch of political hacks are pissed off because one of thier own got called to the carpet.

None of the facts of the case are relavant?
Is Van Jones a communist?
Does he formulate and advise revolution?
Does Van Jones insist that white people are evil?

No one addresses the real reason Van Jones resigned. He got caught with his pants down and now everyone knows he is a racist communist anti-American p////.

Vet what on the net? Obama knew who he was hiring as green job ADVISOR.

TomLawler on September 7, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Still can’t pronounce your “L”‘s eh Brokaw?

Friedman, you are the sewer of corrupt journalism.

We are more than happy to do the job you refuse to do.
Report the news, fair and balanced.

Kini on September 7, 2009 at 6:15 PM

I am flabbergasted.

A top governmental official was outed as a supported of the abhorrent crackpot fantasy that the US government somehow participated in a mass murder on their own citizens 11th of Sept 2001.

Their only concern was how a ‘little misstep’ could devastate a persons career because of the Internet(!). The lack of investigation and reporting on this issue by MSM shows clearly what kind of ‘filter’ they mourn the loss of.

Why did that GOP guy sit there just smiling? Why didn’t he interject, pointing out the hypocrisy?

NORUK on September 7, 2009 at 6:47 PM

The MSM is now officially dead…

d1carter on September 7, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Is anyone in this country actually alive and working with a funtional brain, as worthless as most are, to let this go up their nose? CHRIST ALMIGHTY please save us from our bullshit education system. God save the the Tsar!

LarryG on September 7, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Brokaw: “You have to test it the same way you do when you buy an automobile.”

Or, you could listen to NBC News to find out which pickup trucks are likely to explode.

But that wouldn’t be a good idea now, wold it Tom.

JohnGalt23 on September 8, 2009 at 1:11 AM

What would you rather believe. A network that runs a fabricated story about a sitting president? The network that hosts a night of Obama on Health Care (back before he was getting serious about the issue, I guess). The network whose CEO sits on a board at the White House?

Or a web site that posts video from just about any possible source, where you can see Van Jones denounce America in his own words?

hawksruleva on September 8, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Hey Brokaw and Friedman – the blogsphere and Beck beat old media like a couple of Tom-Toms!

Real reporters would be asking how Jones got past the vetting and why anyone selected him to be in the administration. Who knew and when did they know. Then there is that whole Czar thing.

This is what a defense of an indefensible position looks and sounds like. Mere mortals would be embarrassed.

JGsez on September 8, 2009 at 10:12 AM

And the media wonders why their audience is shrinking. The truth is, you seldom get the truth from them.

hawksruleva on September 8, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Real reporters would be asking how Jones got past the vetting …

That’s exactly what Stephen Hayes asked on Fox News Sunday.

hawksruleva on September 8, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Two words for the “credibility” of the MSM: Dan Rather

teffertoes on September 8, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Its incredulous how hard the MSM tries to keep important information from their viewers. And that’s why I never watch it. I even hate watching the local news on these stations.

Thank heavens for the internet and Fox News or it’d be impossible to get any real questions and real answers.

SWChance on September 8, 2009 at 12:51 PM

I’m soooo glad that the respected news organizations and reporters of the main stream media did not play in the cesspool of internet rumor last year with regards to Palin rumors and allegations.
Oh, wait…….

MississippiMom on September 8, 2009 at 2:09 PM

Glad to see a mention of this Meet the Press panel.

They discussed health care even though not a single member of the panel endorsed a public option, let alone a single-payer plan.

They discussed Afghanistan even though not a single member of the panel was willing to entertain the notion that it might be time to leave (and not a single panelist opposed the invasion of Iraq, either).

Damn that Liberal Media!

orange on September 8, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I’ve seen these guys at the local tidee bar drinking coffee and reading the New York Times.

Cybergeezer on September 8, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Gee whiz! seems like when I was in highschool I was actually taught to sort out problems and think for myself. Gee whiz! It was back in the fifties! Know how to research, get the information. Nobody fed it to us! And, oh, by the way – the teachers actually ran the classrooms. But, sadly, I grew up in the Pacific Northwest where we weren’t tormented by people like Jeremiah Wright and his Charlie McCarthy dummy. It has been a sad experience but I know bullshit when I hear it.

LarryG on September 8, 2009 at 7:32 PM

You are looking at the first shots across the bow demanding Internet censorship. First, complain about the inaccuracy. Second, say for the benefit of all, apply some kind of filter to make sure only “facts” are reported. Third, put the government in charge of the filter with penalties to those who violate the law.

archer52 on September 8, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Congratulations Allah, Rush has linked to this post on his daily email blast.

I agree with many here, the numbskulls in congress will attempt to censor the Internet. The coming months leading to the mid-term elections are going to be wild and woolly.

Zorro on September 9, 2009 at 6:56 AM

These two ass-clowns look like somebody put dog squeeze in their breakfast Wheaties.

kens on September 9, 2009 at 1:33 PM

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