Silicon Valley Jim sent the link to the San Francisco Chronicle story on the Van Jones resignation. Here’s the big graf on Jones’s trutherism:
Jones resigned amid a furor over his signature on a 2004 petition questioning the government’s actions around the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
And here’s the bigger graph on his explanation:
Regarding the 2004 petition calling for a congressional investigation into the actions of the Bush administration surrounding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Jones issued a statement last week saying, “I do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever.”
At no point does the article — written by Joe Garofoli — ever detail the actual Truther position, that the government knew beforehand of the 9/11 attacks and did nothing to stop them, as a pretext for war. The impression you get from Garofoli is that the petition simply called for an “investigation,” and Jones didn’t even go that far.
If all you have to go on is Garofoli’s story, the only controversy is on the right, where a bunch of hysterical racists ginned up “a retaliatory witch-hunt” to go after Jones.
So — what’s it called when you use misleading statements to create a false impression, Mr Garofoli?