The media strikes (out) again on Jones resignation

posted at 11:45 am on September 6, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

If people relied on the mainstream media, especially print media, to keep up to date on the government, then they must have quite a shock this morning with the resignation of Van Jones.  For instance, the New York Times makes its first mention of the Jones controversy this morning — by reporting his resignation:

In a victory for Republicans and the Obama administration’s conservative critics, Van Jones resigned as the White House’s environmental jobs “czar” on Saturday.

Controversy over Mr. Jones’s past comments and affiliations has slowly escalated over several weeks, erupting on Friday with calls for his resignation.

Did the Times report it on Friday?  On Saturday?  No.  Their first print report of any controversy at all over Van Jones came today, in reporting his resignation. The Times does a credible job laying out the more substantial accusations against Jones, but there is a problem here as well:

Appointed as a special adviser for “green jobs” by President Obama, Mr. Jones did not go through the traditional vetting process for administration officials who must be confirmed by the Senate. So it was not until recently that some of Mr. Jones’s past actions received broad airing, including his derogatory statements about Republicans in February and his signature on a 2004 letter suggesting that former President George W. Bush might have knowingly allowed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to occur in order to use them as a “pre-text to war.”

Mr. Jones’s involvement in the 1990s with a group called Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement prompted recent accusations by conservative critics that he associated with Communists. The group, according to a post-mortem written by some of its founders, was an anti-capitalist, antiwar organization committed to achieving “solidarity among all oppressed peoples” with “direct militant action.”

When did the 9/11 Truther connection come to light?  Jim Hoft reported it Thursday, and it flew through the blogosphere.  Even more Truther connections came out the next day.  When did the New York Times — and to be fair, most other newspapers in the country — get around to reporting in print that a paranoid conspiracy theorist had a job as a White House czar?  Today, after he quit.

Byron York gives us the round-up:

Coverage of the Jones controversy was a case study of some of the deep divisions within the media. Fox News’ Glenn Beck devoted program after program to Jones’ past, and a number of conservative blogs were responsible for finding some of Jones’ most inflammatory statements. Yet even as the controversy grew — and even after Jones himself apologized for some of his words — several of the nation’s top media outlets failed to report the story. As late as Friday, as the Jones matter began to boil over, it had not been reported at all in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC. Although the Post and CBS went on to report the Jones story on Saturday, the Times did not inform its readers about the Jones matter until after Jones resigned.

So much for speaking truth to power, eh?

This reminds me very much of the lack of coverage given to Eason Jordan’s accusations of deliberate journalist assassinations by the US military in early 2005.  Jordan, a vice-president at CNN, made those accusations at a conference in Davos, Switzerland, where he thought Americans would not learn of them.  After all, if CNN doesn’t report it, does it really happen?  A reporter quoted Jordan and started a firestorm … in the blogosphere and on talk radio, which dug out more outrageous accusations and statements from Jordan.  Newspapers couldn’t be bothered to cover it, however — not until Jordan’s resignation from CNN forced them to do so.  In that case, the LA Times didn’t report it until almost 48 hours after Jordan resigned, and the New York Times only ran one wire-service report on its website prior to the resignation.

With Jordan, the assumption was that the media didn’t want to eat its own.  That same assumption could be made about their reluctance to report on Van Jones.  They have beclowned themselves a second time, and now have to answer for their silence in defense of a government official.


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The lazy and incompetent Big Media will spin this as a Black Guy had to resign because he called Republicans “a**holes.”

BigAlSouth on September 6, 2009 at 12:53 PM

LOL, I listened to C-BS Radio “News” at the top of the hour…they totally failed to mention what got Jones into trouble (the 9/11 thing).

All they said was that he had once called Dubyah a “crackhead”. Which is something I never knew before today.

Josef Goebbels would be proud of all of them.

Del Dolemonte on September 6, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Looks like Huffpo got this partially right -

“Glenn Beck Gets First Scalp: Van Jones Resigns”

iam7545 on September 6, 2009 at 2:23 PM

If a tree falls in the forest, and lands on a NYT reporter, would anyone hear it?
DILLIGAF

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 6, 2009 at 2:24 PM

If a tree falls in the forest, and lands on a NYT reporter, would anyone hear it?
DILLIGAF

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 6, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Col.~

Thought there were two F’s?

The second to the last standing for FLYING.

;^)

profitsbeard on September 6, 2009 at 2:28 PM

i see no mention of the word,”assholes” in the NYT article. Nor any reference to White people funneling pollutants to Black neighborhoods. No mention of Truthers or that Mumia asshole.
He’s a racist, Communist, Truther who thinks cops lie. Seems like he fits right in perfectly with the Obama crew.

Obama is a liar and Truth is
killing his Marxist agenda.

Army Brat on September 6, 2009 at 2:29 PM

ME bad but you gotta remember there are kids present,oh oh 2 key words schoochillin n present what do I be doin’?
Watch that F word stuff it might be in sumptin’ like FREEDOM!

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 6, 2009 at 2:33 PM

The media were not lazy..they were protective of anything Obama..

atiem on September 6, 2009 at 2:37 PM

I think my tree falling question has been answered;

NYT reporter kidnapped in Kunduz, Afghanistan

Multiple sources in Afghanistan tell me that The New York Times is attempting to suppress the reporting on Farrell’s kidnapping. The The New York Times did the same thing when journalist David Rohde was kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan late last year. Rohde was released earlier this year after escaping from a Haqqani Network compound in North Waziristan. While Rohde’s kidnapping was not publicized, his escape was the subject of abundant reporting. The media has not afforded the US military the courtesy of a news blackout when US troops have been captured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/2009/09/nyt_reporter_kidnapped_in_kund.php#ixzz0QLxRzaV1

percysunshine on September 6, 2009 at 2:40 PM

…it had not been reported at all in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC.

AKA “the usual suspects”.

GarandFan on September 6, 2009 at 2:46 PM

It’s not enough for Jones to go. There needs to be a spotlight on the rest of the “czars” and the crackpot policies that they’re working to implement in the name of The One.

cruadin on September 6, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Agreed. And we have to help by ferreting out all the outrageous things they have said and done. I”m sure the White House is busy purging the Internet this morning.

BitterClinger on September 6, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Now can some citizen journalists please target the MSM enablers of this administrations for embarassment and humiliation. The talking heads at CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC like Chrissy Mathhew, Catie Couric, Rodriguez….etc.. should be hounded at every possible venues for their lies and deceits. They should constantly be exposed on youtube vids for their malpractice.

atiem on September 6, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Great job GB and others.

Because he resigned with no note by the MSM, means that “WE” finally have enough mass to combat them.

Yeah alternate media.

As my old boss used to say, Great job, now what are you going to do tomorrow?

barnone on September 6, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Update to:

Trochilus on September 6, 2009 at 1:25 PM

The New York Times moderation knocked out the comment.

Trochilus on September 6, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Isn’t this a victory for the country, and not just for Republicans?

Oh excuse me, I forgot we do need more communists as czars.

Dhuka on September 6, 2009 at 3:14 PM

The New York Times moderation knocked out the comment.

Trochilus on September 6, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Huh.

RushBaby on September 6, 2009 at 3:24 PM

On Meet the Depressed this morning, Brokaw and Friedman were trying to claim how much trash there was on the internet so you just can’t believe everything you read there. Well that’s certainly true, especially if you go to the Daily Kos for your news, or CNN and MSNBC, for that matter. However, there are sites that have proven themselves to be reliable sources of information, this one being a shining light among them, so why did David Gregory allow them to do that tap dance?

The only thing Conservatives expect from the MSM, and don’t get, is fair treatment. If you want to report on every bad think a Republican has done, fine, do the the same for the Democrats. Why won’t they recognize that? Why doesn’t “All the News that’s Fit to Print” include bad things about Democrats, also? If anyone wonders why the press is going down the tubes, look no further, the prime example is right here.

bflat879 on September 6, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Time to get out the shovels and see what we can dig up on the rest of Obamas radical misfits.

docdave on September 6, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Mr. Jones did not go through the traditional vetting process for administration officials who must be confirmed by the Senate. So it was not until recently that some of Mr. Jones’s past actions received broad airing…

Ture, but more unsettling is the fact that close confidant to the president Valerie Jarrett, noted

“we” have been watching Van Jones for some years and are “so happy to recruit him to the White house”

What did the President and Jarrett know and when did they know it?

The Jones saga is instructive insomuch as it represents the continuation of the the radical arc first demonstrated by Frank Davis, Acorn, Alinsky, Ayers, Wright.

R Square on September 6, 2009 at 3:44 PM

docdave on September 6, 2009 at 3:33 PM

yeah, like the Viking warrior says to the Spaniard pretending to be an Arab in “The Thirteenth Warrior”

“Don’t worry, little brother. There are MORE !!”

enough czars and czarinas to keep us busy for quite a while

Janos Hunyadi on September 6, 2009 at 3:50 PM

RushBaby on September 6, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Didn’t surprise me, really. They don’t like it when you point out their obvious shortcomings.

As Ed noted above, the original story reportig the resignation made the same lame excuse about why it somehow did not make the news.

“. . . Mr. Jones did not go through the traditional vetting process for administration officials who must be confirmed by the Senate. So it was not until recently that some of Mr. Jones’s past actions received broad airing . . .”

You really have to laugh when you read things like that!

Since when did the lack of a formal or official vetting process EVER stop the New York Times from looking into someone’s background, and printing an “expose” regarding any individual who is either already in, or seeking a federal position of power?

During the election season last year, the New York Times willingly engaged in fabulism with that story about John McCain and his supposed personal relationship with the other woman! They couldn’t dig up a good enough story to kill his candidacy (after previously endorsing him against Mitt and Huck), so they just cooked one up based on a rumor!

What is obvious is that that the New York Times was perfectly willing to ignore this story and remain completely silent about the controversy swirling around Van Jones. The paper only reported the story when Jones was essentially forced under the bus along with all the other radical characters from Mr. Obama’s past, including domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, and Obama’s hate-monger former minister, Reverend Wright.

When you hold yourself out as the paper of record, that’s called suppressing the news.

Trochilus on September 6, 2009 at 4:02 PM

How can a group that has already anointed the August One as Christ II belatedly admit their guy couldn’t put on his shoes without written instructions “toes go in first”.

MaiDee on September 6, 2009 at 4:05 PM

The media knows it aided and abeted this communist. the nedia also knows they have everything riding on Jethro. When the pubs get back in you can expect some changes. These will be chages for the oog this time. F*CK the MSM, May they burn in hell.

bluegrass on September 6, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Nancy Pelosi loves Van Jones he’s so American.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i8-5kMmiUo

Dr Evil on September 6, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Rather like when even the MSM was forced to act least acknowledge the birth certificate controversy.

Millions must have been like, “Uh, what birth certificate controversy?” almost a year after the elections.

Now, if McCain had had the balls to bring it up…

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 6, 2009 at 4:09 PM

We need to decide who is the next target (czar) to be investigated. Once it is decided then all the bloggers can concentrate their efforts on that commie scum until we expose them for the slime they are. Once they resign or are thrown under the bus, we can move on to the next czar until we eliminate all of them.

TruthToBeTold on September 6, 2009 at 4:17 PM

his signature on a 2004 letter suggesting that former President George W. Bush might have knowingly allowed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to occur in order to use them as a “pre-text to war.”

Of the 12 questions on the 9/11 Truth Statement, I would say there are three questions that definitely support the MIHOP (Made It Happen On Purpose) conspiracy theories.

7.How could Flight 77, which reportedly hit the Pentagon, have flown back towards Washington D.C. for 40 minutes without being detected by the FAA’s radar or the even superior radar possessed by the US military?
8.How were the FBI and CIA able to release the names and photos of the alleged hijackers within hours, as well as to visit houses, restaurants, and flight schools they were known to frequent?
10.Why did the Bush administration cover up the fact that the head of the Pakistani intelligence agency was in Washington the week of 9/11 and reportedly had $100,000 wired to Mohamed Atta, considered the ringleader of the hijackers?

BohicaTwentyTwo on September 6, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Agreed. And we have to help by ferreting out all the outrageous things they have said and done. I”m sure the White House is busy purging the Internet this morning.

BitterClinger on September 6, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Yeah, let’s start with the zero population growth disciple who thinks it would be a good idea to mandate sterilization of all women after their second child. I wanna know what the self-described “choice” movement has to say about that.

NoLeftTurn on September 6, 2009 at 4:57 PM

There are two very dangerous men that need to be outed for the risks they pose to America:

1) FCC Czar Mark Lloyd (Chavez & Localism lover)
2) Cass Sunstein (forced sterilization, laywers for pets, etc.)

cannonball on September 6, 2009 at 5:10 PM

I wanna know what the self-described “choice” movement has to say about that.

NoLeftTurn on September 6, 2009 at 4:57 PM

You can bet for a significant number of them he is just fine and dandy.

CWforFreedom on September 6, 2009 at 5:12 PM

It’s too bad that presidents can’t be rid of this easily. Obambi will prove to be more difficult. Can you imagine who he’ll pardon when he’s ousted…

Mojave Mark on September 6, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Valerie Jarrett needs to go as well, as far as I’m concerned. She seems to be a big fan of Van Jones. That says a lot to me, about her thinking, ideology, and what she hopes to gain, and attain thru this administration. Couple that with the fact the Obama’s , according to Mrs. Malkins book, don’t make a move without Valerie’s ok.

Lots of work to be done, but nothing is impossible. ;)

capejasmine on September 6, 2009 at 5:26 PM

8.How were the FBI and CIA able to release the names and photos of the alleged hijackers within hours, as well as to visit houses, restaurants, and flight schools they were known to frequent?

BohicaTwentyTwo on September 6, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Before I ask you for some of your cheap tequila, I will answer this question. They got a list of the passengers from the airlines.

Now please go away.

Del Dolemonte on September 6, 2009 at 5:44 PM

8.How were the FBI and CIA able to release the names and photos of the alleged hijackers within hours, as well as to visit houses, restaurants, and flight schools they were known to frequent?

It was a Republican administration? Now we have a Democratic one and where to believe they can’t even vet clowns like Jones when everything is out in the open on the internet!

chickasaw42 on September 6, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Hey Vann,

Don’t let the door hit ya
Where the good Lord split ya

I can’t wait until Glenn Beck’s show tomorrow.

darwin-t on September 6, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Wow. LGF. What the heck happened to them? “The Glenn Beck Comedy Hour”? Making a point that an anti health care bill guy bit the finger off of a pro health care bill protester? And they haven’t corrected it after all of this time? Wow.

darwin-t on September 6, 2009 at 8:04 PM

his signature on a 2004 letter suggesting that former President George W. Bush might have knowingly allowed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to occur in order to use them as a “pre-text to war.”

Of the 12 questions on the 9/11 Truth Statement, I would say there are three questions that definitely support the MIHOP (Made It Happen On Purpose) conspiracy theories.

Heard Doctor D today on Fox try and claim that this was just one of those petitions that people get waved in front of them and they just sign it.

Doctor D came just short of saying he signed this out front of the local Albertson’s store.

I suspect that’s going to be the up coming spin on this.

DSchoen on September 6, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Proves that the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC

ARE IRRELEVANT!

Not so. They are very relevant as unrepentent unapologetic tools bent on taking down America. They are more dangerous than most Americans know or believe. They have to be stopped, purged of their leftwing lackeys and replaced with unbiased journalist. Good luck in finding them.

wepeople on September 6, 2009 at 8:31 PM

We’ve been “onto” the lies by omission, and outright lies by MSM for sometime. Obama has been a back-handed gift, if you think about it. The Obama sycophants (MSM) are being exposed daily and those that don’t normally pay much attention, are now paying attention.

For any that are still getting and believing all the MSM propaganda, it’s one of two things: 1) they’re ignorant and naive, or 2) they know they’re being lied to, but don’t care because they believe what they want to believe and the MSM provides cover.

SoldiersMom on September 6, 2009 at 8:56 PM

I remember reading a quote from Golda Meir about the UN, “They can’t talk, their throats are choked with oil.”

Substitute MSM for the United Nations, and Obama for oil, and it works today…

And that is very, very sad… and very, very dangerous for the Republic…

Khun Joe on September 6, 2009 at 9:32 PM

mainstream media, especially print media,

Ed, Please stop calling the old media “mainstream”. They have not been mainstream for a very long time, and this bestows upon them a legitmacy that is no longer theirs to claim.
Thanks

paulsur on September 6, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Reading the ho hum accusations of Jones using bad words and his association with a group that thought the government was in on it, seems a bit mild to his being a self avowed communist and his association with a radical group, which he had founded, that was attacking Glen Beck for his role exposing what Obama was up to.

What I am waiting to see now is if there is any new awareness of Obama by passing the senate approval hearing by appointing people as Czars,answering only to him with back grounds or lack of quailifications that would not pass a first blush of a hearing.

It would be interesting to run each czar through mock conformation hearings and see what the probable out come would be based on past conformation hears for the same or simuliar positions and current congressional balance. My bet is that not many would survive

Franklyn on September 6, 2009 at 11:35 PM

Most people don’t know who he is or care. The really big story is that everyone is asking about all these czars.

It’s a bizarre structure to many people.

AnninCA on September 7, 2009 at 12:59 AM

Heard Doctor D today on Fox try and claim that this was just one of those petitions that people get waved in front of them and they just sign it.

Doctor D came just short of saying he signed this out front of the local Albertson’s store.

I suspect that’s going to be the up coming spin on this.

DSchoen on September 6, 2009 at 8:10 PM

The Kryptonite to this lame avenue of argument is the revelation that Jones was in on the precursor to the Truther movement, as early as 2002. If true, he has no plausible deniability whatsoever.

It’s time to get the facts on this, and be ready when the scumbags try to make the argument you cite.

RD on September 7, 2009 at 1:21 AM

Meh…

… I just saw a neighbor of mine wash his car.

When he was done, his “Obama” sticker was gone…

I live in Nashville TN. Around here, you see Obama stickers on 3 types of cars: Beaters driven by students; Honda Civics driven by women; and the usual-suspect Volvos, Mercedes, Toyota Piouses, and any other yuppie-mobles. These are almost all driven by women, or “men” who get their hair styled as opposed to getting haircuts.

friendlygrizzly on September 7, 2009 at 5:38 AM

Viva la Hot Air, Instapundit, Gateway Pundit, PJ Media and so many others I can’t name them all.

Let’s take a moment to consider what springs from uber-intelligent American bloggers, innovative radio programs, and a previously fringe news network on Fox: a new crop of real journalists who act as watchdogs, who dig for truth, and who stand with dignity when truth prevails.

The MSM long ago went belly-up. No matter. From American ingenuity flows a brand new generation of reporters, journalists, historians, pundits, intelligentsia.

I absolutely adore these United States of America and the people who make her great. May God bless America forever.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 7, 2009 at 7:06 AM

Be very careful when you look at the woman driving the Prius with the Obama sticker. I warned my teenage sons but they looked anyway. Now they are scarred for life.

Haunches on September 7, 2009 at 11:08 AM

If a tree falls in the forest, and lands on a NYT reporter, would anyone hear it?
DILLIGAF

Col.John Wm. Reed on September 6, 2009 at 2:24 PM
Col.~

Thought there were two F’s?

The second to the last standing for FLYING.

;^)

profitsbeard on September 6, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Thank you I was trying to figure that one out, I needed that one last clue ! LOL

cableguy615 on September 7, 2009 at 8:37 PM

The Kryptonite to this lame avenue of argument is the revelation that Jones was in on the precursor to the Truther movement, as early as 2002. If true, he has no plausible deniability whatsoever.

RD on September 7, 2009 at 1:21 AM

Follow-up link: http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/09/van-jones-linked-to-9-11-truther.html

RD on September 8, 2009 at 4:45 AM

Jones and Obama with him are watermelons. Green on the outside. Red on the inside.

seven on September 8, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Once again, the MSM gives credit, where credit is due. In a victory for Republicans (and talk radio and Glenn Beck) as they say. My question is, by giving this credit, do people go to you to find out the news or to other sources? The thing about this is it’s a victory for the country not to have this guy, with these views, in charge of anything. Why it would be like having someone from the KKK being in charge of our senate (oh yeh, we’ve already had that).

Thank God we have a free press in this country. Otherwise we might be in the dark about who Obama has for his Tsars. Of course they just might not be the biggest who advertise “All the News that’s Fit To PRINT”.

bflat879 on September 8, 2009 at 3:48 PM

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