Nuts in the Government
Have you heard of the Van Jones controversy? No? You know, the thing with Obama’s environmental jobs “czar” and his kooky left-wing extremism? Huh. The spotlight got sufficiently intense that Mr. Jones had to resign; of course, the light didn’t emanate from mainstream sources — which typically promote themselves as just such seekers of truth and keepers of accountability.
Ed Morrissey provides a good starting point to catch up on the controversy, including its infection of the negligent American press. Andy McCarthy, meanwhile, argues that President Obama shouldn’t be seen as floating above a staffer mishap:
The point, of course, is that Obama vetted Jones just fine. President Obama is not Mr. Magoo — haplessly gravitating to Truther Van and Ayers and Dohrn and Klonsky and Davis and Wright and the Chicago New Party and ACORN, etc. Jones is a kindred spirit. Obama knows exactly who he is. Jones was given a non-confirmation job precisely because that circumvented the vetting process. This isn’t one of those things that just happen. This is Barack “Transparency” Obama gaming the system.
In keeping with the media’s disinterest in Googling Van Jones, we’re still largely in the dark about the specifics of Mr. Obama’s career of community organizing (although McCarthy raises some disturbing anecdotes). With that note sounded, an interesting thought experiment all but throws itself on the examination table: Van is a “Truther” because he was among those fanning the blue flame of belief that the “truth” about 9/11 was that it was an inside job; what do you suppose will be the media reaction if the next Republican president attempts to slip a “birther” onto his staff?
Okay, okay. It’s not much of an experiment.