This was picked up by talk radio, Fox News and Glenn Beck and Gateway pundit follows up with updates, here and here, showing that Van Jones signed a "truther" petition, that now Van Jones claims, in a public statement that despite his name being on it, he doesn't agree with it.
He didn't read it before signing his name? That is his excuse?
A top environmental official of the Obama administration issued a statement Thursday apologizing for past incendiary statement and denying that he ever agreed with a 2004 petition on which his name appears, a petition calling for congressional hearings and an investigation by the New York Attorney General into "evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur."
Van Jones, the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is Number 46 of the petitioners from the so-called "Truther" movement which suggests that people in the administration of President George W. Bush "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war."
In a statement issued Thursday evening Jones said of "the petition that was circulated today, I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever."
He did not explain how his name came to be on the petition. An administration source said Jones says he did not carefully review the language in the petition before agreeing to add his name.
Hot Air's exit question just about covers it:
Exit question: Will Jones be gone before today’s airing of “Glenn Beck”? If so, what does it say about Obama that evidently communists are fit to be czars but Truther communists are a bridge too far?
Amazing the things people can find if they actually look and all this makes us wonder, yet again, whether Obama's administration bothered to do even the slightest research into his appointments.
What is more disturbing? The thought that they did do the research and thought Van Jones was acceptable or the thought that this type of block busting news wasn't uncovered by the president's team before Van Jones's appointment?