Van Jones - the radical former "Green Jobs czar" who spent much of the weekend at Netroots Nation attacking Glenn Beck and Fox News - is now demanding that Fox News cease and desist any criticism of him.
Politico reports that attorneys acting on Van Jones' behalf sent a letter to Fox News demanding that Beck issue a retraction by June 24, or face the possibility of further legal action. The six characterizations that Jones doesn't want Fox hosts to say are:
- Jones is a “communist”/”revolutionary”/”Marxist”
- “Jones is violent”/”spent time in jail”
- “Jones is a 9/11 truther”
- “Jones is a cop killer”/”supported a cop killer”/”hates cops”
- “Jones is a racist”/”hates white people”
- “Jones organized/attended an anti-American rally on 9/12/2001”
The Huffington Post reports:
“Mr. Jones is not a member of any Communist Party or Marxist organization whatsoever, and has not expressed any support for any form of Communist or Marxist ideology for many years," Sandler wrote. He added that such statements are “demonstrably and unequivocally false” and were made to “injure Mr. Jones in his professional and community standing.”
“They are actionable as a matter of law,” Sandler writes.
A 2005 article at East Bay Express explains what happened when the young Jones was hired to act as a legal observer in the 1992 trial of Rodney King's assailants:
When the verdicts came down -- not guilty for three of the officers involved, and deadlocked on the fourth -- Paterson's office, like the city, reacted with disbelief. Paterson said she felt like picking up her office chair and hurling it out the window. The staff hit the streets to monitor the demonstrations that erupted in San Francisco. One week later, while Jones was observing the first large rally since the lifting of the city's state of emergency, he got swept up in mass arrests. It was a turning point in his life.
Jones had planned to move to Washington, DC, and had already landed a job and an apartment there. But in jail, he said, "I met all these young radical people of color -- I mean really radical, communists and anarchists. And it was, like, 'This is what I need to be a part of.'" Although he already had a plane ticket, he decided to stay in San Francisco. "I spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary." In the months that followed, he let go of any lingering thoughts that he might fit in with the status quo. "I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th," he said. "By August, I was a communist."
It would appear that Jones was arrested, did spend some time in jail, admitted that he at least tried to be "a revolutionary," and proclaimed himself to be a communist.
One word: Wahhhhhhhh.
Jones is fine with criticizing people he doesn't like, but when it comes to his record, he cries like a baby. Make no mistake, this is an effort to silence Fox News and Beck. And by extension, all of us.
My advice is if you can't take the reaction to your actions. QUIT Never let your maouth get you in a place that your feet can't get you out of, and to me it looks like your kinda ia a corner. Tough, Life's a bitch then you die
If it walks like a duck,,if it talks like a duck,,,,,,,,