BizzyBlog-Surfaced 9/12/01 Vid Cited As Reason To Oust Van Jones From HuffPo Perch (Update: Obama-Farrakhan)
Well, he is still on HuffPo’s front page in the “Recent Blog Post” section (we ordinarily don’t link to HuffPo; readers who wish can surely find their way over there), so I’ll assume that the controversy over Van Jones’s presence vs. Andrew Breitbart’s absence still rages.
Bryan Preston posted on this at the PJ Tatler yesterday:
The back story is that PuffHost banned Breitbart for a mild ad hominem on Commie Truther Van Jones, but has elected not to ban Bill Maher, who has twice called Sarah Palin very foul names.
No one questions whether the Huffers have the right to ban one and not the other, but the Host claimed that the Breitbart banning was about elevating the political discourse or whatever, while what Maher said — that didn’t get him banned — was far far worse than anything Breitbart said. And Maher remains unbanned. What’s the policy, Arianna?
Well, another part of the back story is that the video in question was uploaded by yours truly from a RealPlayer movie downloaded from a far-left web site and converted to a format YouTube would play in September 2009 (HT to Gateway Pundit for remembering).
Rather than endure the entire insufferable, offensive production, I encourage readers to go to the 4:38 mark, where you will see Van Jones, on September 12, 2001, say the following:
- “It’s the bombs that the government has been dropping around the world that are now blowing up inside the U.S. borders.”
- “We’ve got something stronger than bombs, we have solidarity. That dream of revolutionary change is stronger than bombs.”
At BigJournalism, Breitbart, who graciously credited yours truly when advised of where the vid was first posted (and credited Powerline for surfacing the quote a few days earlier), properly asks: “Will AOL Remove Van Jones from HuffPost Front Page for Hateful Attack on America Day After 9/11?” Specifically:
Remember, this rally was taking place while the bodies of 3,000 Americans were still smoldering in the rubble of the World Trade Center and American heroes were putting their lives at risk at ground zero in a massive humanitarian effort. What kind of monsters would use this occasion to turn Americans against one another?
It’s no wonder that this man is embraced and honored by groups like the once-relevant, now-radical NAACP and was given the high honor of holding a Presidential appointment in the first year of the Obama Presidency. He speaks the revolutionary “blame America first” rhetoric of Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright and Malik Zulu Shabazz.
What is curious and confounding is that a major corporation like AOL is allowing a person with this kind of record to influence the content of their influential website through the intimidation tactics of Color Of Change, the anti-free speech organization he founded.
In light of this latest video revelation, Mr. Jones needs to finally explain, fully, his position on 9/11.
Actually, I don’t see why. We’ve just heard it.
Well, it took a while, but I’m glad to see that what Jones said immediately after the 9/11 attacks has finally gotten some of the visibility it deserves.
UPDATE: Later in the segment, the Hannity’s America panelists discussed Louis Farrakhan and speculated on the extent of the pre-presidential relationship between President Obama and Farrakhan. Readers here will recall (though Hannity’s panelists didn’t) that yours truly “covered” that too, as seen on the covers of Jeremiah “G__ D____ America” Wright’s Trumpet magazine (click on the pics to enlarge and open in a new window):
As explained three years ago:
The first pic appears to be the November – December 2007 double issue, as found in the December 2, 2007 TUCC bulletin.
The second, as noted in this previous post, and pictured in the Obama collection above, is from roughly February 2006. Farrakhan appears in a pantheon of African-American “leaders,” including Barack Obama, (Trinity United Church of Christ pastor) Wright, and others (Little Green Footballs readers have identified many of the others at this LGF post; Martin Luther King is NOT in the picture). Farrakhan is on the far right in the third row; Obama is on the far left.
The third, yet another solo appearance (cover title: “Million Man Management”), was found in the October 16, 2005 bulletin, and is probably the October 2005 issue of Trumpet.
We’re supposed to believe (20-year Trinity United Church of Christ member) Obama when he says that he has no idea that Farrakhan has been on Trumpet’s cover at least three times, in one instance sharing cover space with Farrakhan and Wright, his pastor.
At the Weekly Standard in May 2008, Stanley Kurtz reached the only conclusion possible regarding Obama and Wright:
To the question of the moment–What did Barack Obama know and when did he know it?–I answer, Obama knew everything, and he’s known it for ages. Far from succumbing to surprise and shock after Jeremiah Wright’s disastrous performance at the National Press Club, Barack Obama must have long been aware of his pastor’s political radicalism. A careful reading of nearly a year’s worth of Trumpet Newsmagazine, Wright’s glossy national “lifestyle magazine for the socially conscious,” makes it next to impossible to conclude otherwise.
The idea that Barack Obama is not at least a personal and/or “professional” acquaintance of Farrakhan, a close associate of Wright who is currently under fire for defending friend and Libyan dictator Gaddafi, as absurd as the idea that Obama wasn’t intimately familiar with Wright’s radical and racially poisonous views despite almost 20 years of Trinity United Church of Christ membership.