What the Van Jones Story Is Really About
posted at 12:38 pm on September 6, 2009 by The Other McCain
When news of White House environmental “czar” Van Jones’ resignation broke shortly after midnight — via Twitter, it seems — there was no time to do anything except blog it as quickly as possible. The first regular news story was a one-sentence AP News Alert.
And that single sentence was the first time the Associated Press had deigned to notice that there was a controversy surrounding Jones, whose radicalism had been extensively documented by Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck and many others outside the mainstream media.
This is the real story: The shameful failure of the MSM to do its job in reporting on the Obama administration.
Even while the Washington Post had devoted its front page to story after story about a university master’s thesis written 20 years ago by Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell — the Republican candidate for governor — here was Jones, a key White House advisor whose self-described Marxist views and past activities were far more controversial than McDonnell’s traditionalist ideas about the family. As early as April, Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily had reported on Jones’ bizare views about “eco-apartheid” and his role in the Marxist group STORM.
After Glenn Beck reported twice on Van Jones, one of the “green jobs” czar’s allies, Color of Change, organized an advertising boycott of Beck’s Fox News show. Reversing cause and effect, however, some in the MSM falsely claimed that Beck went after Jones because of the boycott — inverting the narrative arc to portray Beck as a vengeful maniac waging a payback campaign.
The MSM studiously ignored the disturbing reality of Van Jones’ radical record, just as they ignored the proliferation of “czars” at the Obama White House, of which Jones is just one example. Apparently in an effort to hire various radical allies who might have trouble getting past a Senate confirmation hearing, Obama has loaded up his administration with these supernumerary advisors who are unaccountable to Congress, their authority undefined by law. Michelle Malkin boiled this problem down to a single sentence:
The Obama vetters have succeeded in short-circuiting congressional scrutiny and Washington oversight of unaccountable appointees over the last six months.
Any suggestion of shenanigans by the Bush administration — remember “PlameGate”? — would automatically generate front-page stories in the New York Times and the Washington Post, with wall-to-wall coverage and indignant invocations of “the people’s right to know.”
This is the surest evidence of political bias by the MSM, their default assumption that accusations against Republicans are inherently legitimate — potential evidence of corruption — contrasted with their assumption that accusations against Democrats are merely a product of partisan politics. Look at this NBC News headline:
In other words, the substance of the controversy surrounding Jones, his own words and deeds, are not the issue. The issue, according to NBC News, is that Republicans attacked Jones. Flashback about 35 years:
Nixon Resigns After Democrat Attacks
No, NBC News didn’t report Watergate that way, nor would they treat any Republican scandal as if it were merely the result of “attacks” by Democrats. Over and over, however, we see NBC and other media organizations volunteering to assist in the public-relations defense of scandal-plagued Democrats — the recently departed Ted Kennedy being a prime beneficiary of this treatment.
Media bias has consequences, and their bias is by no means limited to their willingness to ignore Democratic scandals. Consider the Obama administration’s economic agenda. Many in the MSM have been promoting the idea that we’re on the verge of “recovery,” thanks to the miraculous power of the neo-Keynesian “stimulus” approach to economics. Meanwhile, there is abundant evidence that, far from producing a recovery, Obamanomics is actually making the economy worse:
Yet you’re not going to notice this kind of ominous economic news unless you seek it out. The financial press is obligated to report that kind of stuff, but the biased liberal elites of the MSM — the D.C. bureau chiefs and the top news producers and editors in New York — are so heaviily invested in the success of Obama and the Democrats that they will ignore the portents of disaster until the next collapse hits. (And then, somehow, they’ll find a way to blame it on Republicans and “Corporate America.”)
Rush Limbaugh has often said that, if he wanted to devote his radio show to media bias, he’d never find time to talk about anything else — 15 hours a week would scarcely scratch the surface. This is not merely a matter of Republicans “working the refs”; media bias is dangerous, leaving the citizenry ill-informed while those in power escape scrutiny — so long as power is wielded by Democrats, that is.
It is not too late for the MSM elite to take alarm, and to begin serious scrutiny of the Obama administration.
They can begin by asking a simple question: Who Hired Van Jones?
UPDATE: Glenn Beck issues a statement:
The American people stood up and demanded answers. Instead of providing them, the Administration had Jones resign under cover of darkness. I continue to be amazed by the power of everyday Americans to initiate change in our government through honest questioning, and judging by the other radicals in the administration, I expect that questioning to continue for the foreseeable future.