On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a statement announcing his resignation just after midnight Saturday. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide."
He continued: "I have been inundated with calls -- from across the political spectrum -- urging me to 'stay and fight.' But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future."
Jones issued two public apologies in recent days, one for signing a petition that questioned whether Bush administration officials "may indeed have deliberately allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext for war" and the other for using a crude term to describe Republicans in a speech he gave before joining the administration.
Amazing how when the truth is revealed about his own actions it becomes a "vicious smear campaign," when his own words, statements and actions are brought to the attention of America, things he publicly apologized for because they were true, all of a sudden it is some type of attack.
3 : a usually unsubstantiated charge or accusation against a person or organization —often used attributively (a smear campaign)(a smear job)
A smear is generally made up of information that is not true and cannot be sustantiated, perhaps he needs to get a dictionary, since every used against Van Jones was easily substantiated.