In announcing the resignation of Obama Adviser Van Jones, CNN relays Jones' contention that he is a "victim of health-care reform opponents." They center the controversy on the 9/11 petition he signed, rather than his whole life of radical statements and actions.
MSNBC, after not running a single print or video report regarding the entire Jones controversy, simply ran an AP report announcing the resignation. Here is part of the CNN report:
The White House issued a statement late Saturday saying that Jones was giving up his post at the Council on Environmental Quality, where he helped coordinate government agencies focused on delivering millions of green jobs to the ailing U.S. economy.
Jones, who denied agreeing with the petition and issued an apology last week, said he was a victim of health-care reform opponents.
"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones said in the statement. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide."
"But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future," Jones said.
The Jones controversy centers on a 2004 petition he signed on a Web site that said: "A call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11 attacks to occur."An administration source told CNN that Jones did not carefully review the language on the petition. . . . . MORE