I'm probably not gonna say this quite the way I'd like, I've been up half the night with a newborn...
I saw the announcement in the early morning, and was not surprised the White House chose the middle of the night, on a weekend, a holiday weekend at that, to present a one-liner about Van Jones resigning. "Obama aide Van Jones resigns as environmental adviser amid controversy over past statements."
I'm not terribly surprised, but of course a bit disappointed, to wake to news stories from CNN and MSNBC that are less than forthcoming with their reporting about Van Jones and why people are in an uproar about the situation. Both news stations are blaming only his 9/11 views and his comments about Republicans (along with Glenn Beck). There is no mention about his Communist ties at all. Personally, I care very little about his 9/11 views or comments about Republicans. They may show a lack of judgement, which is disconcerting, but not disturbing to the level that his real views are on politics and the direction he'd like to see this country head in.
This is particularly annoying since so many only tune into one station these days for their news and discount others. I expect the White House to try to spin this, but it is not the job of major news networks to spin this story for them.
This is not a "win" yet until CNN and MSNBC will acknowledge the real reason for the outcry. Van Jones had not only a very radical past, but communist views as well and it reaches well beyond his "Czar" position. If the public thinks he resigned due to 9/11 and Republican comments they will not have as much problem with him working with the White House behind the scenes as they might if they knew he was an admitted Communist whose political ties have not changed much since that time.
The media has too heavy of a hand in determining elections, policies, etc. The real story is being plowed under. I think they hope by Tuesday it will subside. Just as people called the White House, people need to rally and call/flood CNN & MSNBC and demand they tell the WHOLE story, not their edited version. This is not about views or petitions signed about 9/11 or comments made about Republicans, it goes much deeper than that. The AP writers need to get off their behinds and start reporting. They need to stop being government mouthpieces and really be journalists as they claim.
Also, besides calling the stations, any other ideas to help this story come to light more? For example (probably not the best one), those who watched the series "Jericho" sent nuts to executives at the tv station en mass, as well as wrote and called till they approved a 2nd season. Perhaps we need to send pens to remind the station they are supposed to be penning original reporting, and they are supposed to be reporters first, not pretty, eye-candy mouthpieces (lol, maybe the candied lips would be better...though I don't know if they make those anymore and are probably pretty hard to find).
Anyway, I'm knee deep in diapers, chasing around tots, etc, but could someone post CNN and MSNBC's phone numbers perhaps? I'm sure it wouldn't take a long, but I've gotta run.