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Grist’s David Roberts Defends Van Jones, Ward Churchill of the Greens

By on 9.5.09 | 6:45PM

The America-hating communist 9/11 "truther" Van Jones has an ally in his fellow Huffington Post writer David Roberts.

Roberts of Grist, a misanthropic far-left environmentalist webzine bankrolled by many of the same funders who have backed Van Jones's nonprofit ventures, is currently in contention to be the most shameless liar of the left-o-sphere.

We already know that Jones believes George W. Bush hates black people. Jones founded Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM) and the Ella Baker Center both of which participated in a vigil the day after Sept. 11, 2001, "mourning the victims of U.S. imperialism around the world."

Jones sounded like Ward Churchill when he released a statement Sept. 12, 2001, mourning only "the deaths of innocent working class people" and "those who would surely lose their lives in subsequent U.S. attacks overseas." It seems anyone who died in the terrorist attacks who wasn't working class deserved to die, according to Jones's own words.

Roberts, like his idol Van Jones, spews leftist hate from Grist and the Huffington Post on a regular basis.

In a recent post, he deliberately distorts evidence to falsely claim that green jobs czar (and Arianna Huffington pal) Van Jones renounced communism.

Roberts should win the Walter Duranty Prize for writing Sept. 2 that "Jones is not a black nationalist or a communist."

While it is true that Jones distanced himself from his past as a "rowdy black nationalist," he has NEVER renounced communism.

Roberts performs this sleight-of-hand by basing his argument on an interview in 2005 that Jones gave to an alternative newspaper called East Bay Express. Jones said that he came out of jail after the Rodney King riots and "spent the next ten years of my life working with a lot of those people I met in jail, trying to be a revolutionary...I was a rowdy nationalist on April 28th, and then the verdicts came down on April 29th," Jones said. "By August, I was a communist."

In the same interview Jones explained how he changed his public image Alinsky-style but retained his core radical beliefs. "I'm willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends," Jones said. The article also details the evolution of Jones as a coalition-builder and dealmaker but never indicates that his core beliefs have changed.  More importantly, Jones himself has never indicated that his core beliefs changed.

The evidence that the now-mature community organizer Jones still believes in communism is EVERYWHERE. Google "communism" and "Van Jones" and the ever-expanding oceans of research from credible sources burst forth. Much of the evidence comes right out of Jones's own mouth.

Roberts's propaganda platform, Grist, is funded by some of the same extremist foundations that have funded Van Jones's revolutionary activism over the years. Grist took in $1 million from the Kendada Fund in 2008. It has also received $175,000 from the Tides Foundation since 2004.

According to philanthropy databases, Green for All, another Jones creation that is part of a cynical Obama administration effort to use 9/11 for political purposes, has received charitable contributions from the Kendada Fund ($1 million in 2008). A major donor to the Ella Baker Center is Tides Foundation ($891,168 since 2000).

Meanwhile, more America-hating radicals are speaking out in support of Van Jones. Useful idiot Josh Nelson announces that a website called StandWithVan.com has been created.

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