Van Jones may be gone from the Obama administration after a long list of questionable remarks and actions forced his resignation, but the former “green jobs” adviser still has the backing of some at The Los Angeles Times and other news outlets that refused to report the original controversy.
And the list of news outlets that ignored the story is a long and lofty one. While FOX News and a few talk radio hosts kept the public informed about Jones’ record, most major news outlets, including The New York Times, CNN.com and MSNBC.com, remained silent until nearly the end, when Jones resigned.
Some news outlets and editorialists that lay low are still supporting Jones, including Judith Lewis, a Los Angeles journalist and environmental writer, who wrote in an opinion piece in the L.A. Times on Friday that “Jones’ departure is a big loss.”
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“He should be judged not by a few missteps but by his long history of working toward a highly desirable but elusive goal: an environmental movement that crosses boundaries of place, skin color and class,” Lewis wrote.
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