Was Van Jones a victim of a “a vicious smear campaign” or the truth catching up with him?


Question by Roboron: Was Van Jones a victim of a “a vicious smear campaign” or the truth catching up with him?
“”I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today.

On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”


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Answer by Improper Bostonian
He’s a victim of free speech. He’s gone, your party got what you wanted, so what’s the problem now?

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  1. Jose says:

    Truth was there to see, it caught up with him, and I am jumping for joy at his misery.

  2. says:

    Both. I hate truthers as much as the next person. He obviously isn’t a truther anymore, but he recognized that the slander used against him would otherwise never stop, so he stepped out of the spotlight. Now you can drop him and focus on real issues.

  3. Bob G says:

    I suspect its the truth catching up to him. Some of the things he is being slammed for are in print or on video, pretty hard to deny them. Many of Obama’s selections have had checkered past histories.

  4. Comrade Obama says:

    Half of what he calls “lies and distortions” is in fact his own words,either on tape,on video,or in writing.The guy ends up sounding like a fool claiming some smear campaign,when every “attack” against him comes from his own words.


  5. Lee J says:

    Bringing to light the very things than Van Jones said in print and in video isn’t a “smear campaign”.

    Van Jones simply choked on his on vomit – so to speak.

  6. CaptainFreon says:

    blah blah blah. It is so amazing how truth got him out of there. Then he blames a smear campaign. I guess a court room is a smear campaign too when the truth comes out.? If what he is/was/did is not true, then he would not have been in hot water with the people.

  7. route66_hustler says:

    He was a victim of himself.

  8. The Cult of Personality says:

    Here is the standard Liberal thought on it…”Oh noez! We have been revealed as racists, but our political talking points say that Conservatives are the racist ones. What do we do now…what do we do now? I know! Claim that Van Jones ISN’T racist and that anyone who spoke out and did homework against him IS! That makes PERFECT Liberal sense! Oh noez!”

  9. PJTPA says:

    I thought he was an intelligent and articulate guy. Having any kind of controversial past or any leanings that are construed as too far to the left or the right is a death knell in politics.

    It may or may not be “too bad” he’s gone. I don’t know. We never will know. I think it’s a good idea to have someone who is in a position of authority regarding all things “green” to be an aggressive, free thinker.

    In the long run, it may be our loss, who knows? But the writing was on the wall once all the “commie talk” started.

  10. Man says:

    He was hired to be the director of Green Jobs, which was dealing with the Environment. He was not hired to advise the President on his political opinions or anything other than the environment.

    In 2008, Time magazine named Jones one of its “Environmental Heroes.” Fast Company called him one of the “12 Most Creative Minds of 2008.”

    He was the most qualified for the job, and because of conservatives and their constant attacks on things which are not relevant (as usual), he was obviously forced to resign.

    If I get hired at mcdonalds, or at Google, or at the U.S. Postal Service, or as a CEO for a fortune 500 company, nobody would attack me and say I shouldn’t be employed there because of my political views or conspiracy theories. That does not relate to my job whatsoever. So how is his position as an environment advisor any different, when he was obviously qualified for that job.

  11. Obama - $anything$ for my friend says:

    He is being held accountable for his own actions. He can’t preach his way out of this after all he is not Rev Jones, like Rev Wright.

  12. vwvw25 says:

    His own words (caught on film) did him in or as most of sane Americans say- his own TRUTH caught up to him.

  13. Bush Lied Millions Died says:

    a vicious smear campaign

  14. cynthy says:

    The question is: did Jones break any laws? What ever happened to freedom of speech. Freedom of religion, etc. If he was good at his job, so what. It seems like this could possibly be a planned distraction. Every day Fox comes up with something new to complain about. This recent School talk thing is about the dumbest crock I have ever heard. Like, little school kids are going to grasp the details of health care ( if he even mentioned it) when their parents can’t. Obama is going to indoctrinate them. Into what? Personally, I think children should not be allowed to watch Fox. Anybody that can’t see that Fox is trying to derail the health care bill with distorted information and create diversions is an idiot. Every day they get some totally unqualified person to spill out a new string of doubts and unrealistic concerns about almost everything Obama says or does. The Republicans seem to think that the insurance companies are really their friends and will clean up their act on their own without any outside pressure to reform their policies.

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