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Van Jones, Obama environmental adviser and "green jobs" czar, resigned late Saturday night, the culmination of days of controversy (ignored by the mainstream media) after the Gateway Pundit blog dug up evidence of Van Jones being a "Truther." He signed a 911Truth.org petition in 2004 questioning whether the Bush administration "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen." And the New York Times does its first story on the matter - the day after Van Jones resigned his administration post. Last month, the New York Times jumped on the conservative fringe of "Birthers" who question Obama's Hawaiian birthplace and thus... continue reading
Ana Marie Cox, until the end of last year the Washington editor for Time magazine's Web site, concluded her Friday night (September 4) fill-in gig as host of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show - where she was hardly shy about conveying her liberal views as she spent much of the hour ridiculing conservatives - by pulling open her jacket to display how underneath she was wearing a vintage "I'm Ready for Teddy Kennedy '76" T-shirt. (For the historically-challenged, Kennedy did not run in 1976.) Now a weekend host for the left-wing Air America radio network, Cox explained: "It's a tribute, of... continue reading
[See Saturday coverage update below] ABC and NBC on Friday night, even after White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was forced to address the topic, continued their blackout of the radical and America-hating conspiracy views of Van Jones, the " Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation " on the White House's Council on Environmental Quality . Instead of taking up how five years ago Jones signed the 911truth.org petition calling for an "immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur," a revelation to which FNC's Special Report... continue reading
MSNBC Political Director Chuck Todd and his First Read co-writers on Friday whined both about complaints against the "knee-jerk liberal media bias" and conservatives who are uncomfortable with Barack Obama's address to school children next week. National Review Online's Mark Hemingway noted Todd's post in which the MSNBC personality complained, "The ability of the conservative media machine to generate a controversy for this White House is amazing." The posting, which was co-written by Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg, lamented right-wing opposition to the speech: " In fact, this is an example of a story that percolates where it... continue reading
On Thursday's Campbell Brown program, CNN's Roland Martin berated the critics of the accompanying lesson plan for President Obama's upcoming speech to school kids, calling them "insane parents." He later complimented Mr. Obama for the planned speech and made another insult: "I'm glad we have a president who's willing to speak to children, because maybe these same parents were acting like children." Martin appeared with Florida Republican Party head Jim Greer just before the bottom of the 8 pm Eastern hour. After Greer explained his position, substitute anchor John Roberts turned to the CNN political analyst and asked, "Was there... continue reading
On Thursday's Special Report with Bret Baier, FNC host Baier ran a report by correspondent James Rosen describing a "troubling pattern of behavior" by President Obama's Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones. The report noted some of the controversial statements and connections of Jones, who has not only described himself in the past with such words as "Marxist" and "radical," but has also been linked to 9/11 Truthers and radical groups such as one organization whose manifesto "equated those killed on 9/11 with, quote, 'the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world.'" The report also showed a clip of Jones from... continue reading
All three morning shows on Friday skipped any reference to the developing controversy over Obama administration Green Jobs Czar Van Jones and his connection to the 9/11 Truther movement . CBS's Early Show, NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America totally ignored the story, although ABC's Jake Tapper did file an online report over the subject. And although Fox News on Thursday covered the revelation that Jones signed a 911truth.org statement in 2004 urging an investigation into whether or not George W. Bush had prior knowledge about 9/11 ("people within the current administration may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to... continue reading
The ABC and NBC anchors on Thursday night framed stories, on the controversy over President Obama's upcoming Tuesday address to the nations' schoolchildren accompanied by a Department of Education recommendation that teachers have their students "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the President," through the prism of Obama as a victim of unfair presumptions. "It seemed like a simple idea," fill-in ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos sighed in offering the most benign description of how Obama's "going to kick off the school year next week by speaking directly to America's classrooms, the kind of pep talk... continue reading
Former Democratic strategist turned journalist George Stephanopoulos appeared on Thursday's Good Morning America to declare that President Obama's address to Congress on September 9 must " intimidate Republicans a little bit. " Stephanopoulos, who was a top aide to Bill Clinton, added that the White House should force the GOP to " make sure they understand the consequences of failure. " The This Week host, who also worked on Michael Dukakis' 1988 presidential campaign, didn't explain why it's the Republicans, in a Democrat-dominated Congress, who would suffer "the consequences of failure." And the President "has to" intimidate the GOP? Is... continue reading
Teasing an upcoming segment on Thursday's CBS Early Show about new attacks on Sarah Palin by the father of her grandson, Levi Johnston, co-host Maggie Rodriguez exclaimed: "And shocking allegations that could shatter former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's conservative family image. If she chooses to believe what Levi Johnston is saying." In the later report on Johnston's Vanity Fair rant against Palin, correspondent Kelly Wallace claimed he "took off the gloves" and "debunks the popular image of Palin as hockey mom and moose hunter , telling...that 'she doesn't hunt, doesn't read, doesn't work hard, doesn't spend time with her family,... continue reading