Monday, September 7, 2009

Glen Beck: American People Stood Up to Bring Down Van Jones

"Fox News host Glenn Beck, who led the charge calling for the resignation of President Barack Obama's "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones said Sunday that Jones is only the first of many radicals in the administration who should be facing questions.

"The American people stood up and demanded answers," Beck wrote in a statement. "Instead of providing them, the Administration had Jones resign under cover of darkness. I continue to be amazed by the power of everyday Americans to initiate change in our government through honest questioning, and judging by the other radicals in the administration, I expect that questioning to continue for the foreseeable future."

Jones resigned late Saturday following mounting criticism over his past statements and associations. The tipping point came when it was discovered that he signed a petition in 2004 supporting the "9/11 truther" movement, which believes the Bush administration may have been complicit in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

"Much of the credit for Jones resigning should go to Fox's Glenn Beck, who as HuffPo's Ryan Grim notes, has his "first scalp," Politico reported Sunday.

Beck's victory was being lauded by conservative columnists and grudgingly acknowledged by liberals across the country Sunday.

"Face it, Glenn Beck won a big victory for conservative America with the resignation of Van Jones," wrote Yael T. Abouhalkah, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist.

"Beck kept up the pressure, and the mainstream media reported on it. As a result, Jones couldn't really muster any effective counter-attack. He had made mistakes, tried to apologize for them but was too late," Abouhalkah added.

"As scary as this may sound… Glenn Beck might actually have more power than anybody else representing the Republican Party," the Web site Political wrote Sunday. "As the Republican Party seemingly has no leader in their ranks, at least one that can represent the voice of the people. Even though Glenn Beck is an independent, he represents more Republicans than the Republican party."

"The resignation of Van Jones signals that Glenn Beck's words do not fall on deaf ears. The view's of Glenn Beck have been labeled "extreme" from just about everyone on the left. Van Jones views are arguably just as extreme, if not more so," the article continued.

It was Beck who repeatedly called attention to a series of statements by Jones that suggested Republicans were incompetent and bad in their opposition to Obama's liberal agenda. Among other things, Jones called GOP members racists and a**holes.

Jones was also the co-founder of ColorOfChange, the African-American activist group that attempted to lead a boycott against Beck. But the boycott had the opposite of the intended effect – many advertisers denied they were boycotting Beck and his grassroots support surged. In the traditionally weak, non-prime time slot at 5 p.m., Beck is now drawing more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined get in their prime time hours."

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