Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Glenn Beck Uses Express to Attack Van Jones

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Fox News whack job Glenn Beck, who is losing sponsors by the dozens because of his outlandish comments about President Obama, has launched an attack on Van Jones, claiming the White House green jobs czar is an "avowed communist," and references a 2005 Express cover story as proof. Beck went after the longtime Oakland activist and environmentalist, following the disclosure that 33 of Beck's advertisers had pulled their ads from his program. The ad boycott was spearheaded by Color of Change, a liberal non-profit that Jones co-founded but is no longer associated with.

Beck's claim that Jones is a communist comes from a short passage in the Express profile of Jones that notes that after the Rodney King jury exonerated three LA cops, he viewed himself as "a communist," and then in 1994 at the age of 26 he helped launch Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement, or STORM, "which held study groups on the theories of Marx and Lenin and dreamed of a multiracial socialist utopia."

Of course, Beck ignores the rest of the Express profile on Jones' career and how he became a facilitator and conciliator who fought for the environment. Beck got in trouble with his advertisers after calling Obama a "racist" who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people," following the president's remark that Cambridge police had acted "stupidly," when they arrested a black Harvard professor in his own home.

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