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Our Morning Roundup: The (9/11) Truth Hurts

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to another addition of Freedom Friday. How about that Van Jones, huh? Obama's enviroczar yodeled down on himself an avalanche of hate after a video of him calling Republicans "assholes" was found on the internet and explicated by the savants at FOX News. Why this irritated Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter, who are both total assholes, is still being investigated.

Really, the good thing about the blowup was that it drew additional attention to Jones, providing further publicity to the allegation that he is a 9/11 Truther.

Here's Jake Tapper:

Van Jones, the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is Number 46 of the petitioners from the so-called "Truther" movement which suggests that people in the administration of President George W. Bush "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war."

In a statement issued Thursday evening Jones said of "the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever."

He did not explain how his name came to be on the petition. An administration source said Jones says he did not carefully review the language in the petition before agreeing to add his name.

Shoe's on the other foot, right? Believing that your country murdered more than 3,000 citizens in order to fuck with gas prices is very similar in its paranoia and emphasis on imagined facts to believing that Pres. Barack Obama is not an American. What's fascinating is that Obama can hire a 9/11 Truther and not be called a traitor, yet any Senate Republican would be dead to rights if he came within 10 feet of bringing a Birther on staff. You know what the Birthers need? Professors.

Sorry for the short roundup, y'all. It's FALL ARTS GUIDE TIME!

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  • KCinDC

    I don't understand your point about congressional staff. We have members of Congress who are themselves birthers (or at least much closer to being birthers than Van Jones is to "believing that your country murdered more than 3,000 citizens in order to fuck with gas prices", which wouldn't be true even if he said he agreed with the petition), but none of them have come close to resigning. If there's a double standard about birtherism and trutherism, it's that birthers are given a lot more media coverage and have much more prominent positions in their party.

  • MN

    If you're in charge of green jobs, isn't that what you should think of Republicans? Another classic Washington scandal right - someone gets caught telling the truth.

  • Mike Riggs

    @KCinDC: Not Congress as a whole, just the Senate. The House if full of dullards; Senate is a smarter group.

    Jones signed a petition that said Bush let the terrorist attacks happen in order to wage a war. Truthers believe the biggest reason to start an unnecessary war in the Middle East is to be closer to the import/export action.

    Why else would Jones have signed a petition accusing Bush of letting 3,000+ Americans die? You seem to know more about his motivations than I do--did he sign the petition because he thinks Bush is a sadist who likes watching planes crash?

    Re "More prominent positions in their part." Jones works directly for Obama, the prez. How much more prominent can a political position get?

    None of this is really worth debating--I was just pointing out that neither side is without douchebags.

  • Truth Hurts

    Poor title, Riggs. I know I criticized your Whole Foods blog, but play fair, dude. Or do you want all out war?