Robert Knight

At the schizophrenic Wall Street Journal, the truth-telling editorial page noted on Sept. 8 that Jones “has been a leading young light of the leftwing political movement for many years” with a “long trail of extreme comments and left-wing organizations.” Meanwhile, some leftwing activists posing as reporters over on the news page blamed “the right” and said Jones “resigned, after conservatives seized on a series of controversial statements.” Great seizers’ ghost!

Jones did not exactly go quietly. His written statement says that “opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.” Well, for it to be a smear or lie, it’s got to be inaccurate. Even the drive-by media have finally reported the ugly facts about Jones’ involvement with the “truthers,” and as a founder of the now-disbanded Bay Area communist group Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM).

The Post delicately describes STORM as having “Marxist roots.” Yes, and trunk and branches and fruit.  Reclaiming Revolution, a history of the organization published in 2004, relates that it was an outgrowth of the early ’90s group Roots Against War (RAW), which “laid the groundwork for the next decade of revolutionary politics among young people of color in the Bay Area.” (p. 5) A quick analysis is available on the website of Reformed evangelical conservative David Westerfield. After RAW disbanded in 1992, the activists reformed as STORM in 1994, with “a political commitment to the fundamental ideas of Marxism-Leninism” (p. 51). STORM disbanded in December 2002.

Contrast the utter lack of interest in this juicy story with the Washington Post’s multiple-article obsession, editorial and cartoons over a research paper advocating Christian views of public policy written by Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Robert McDonnell in 1989 – twenty years ago. The Post sure has a nose for scandal. Are Woodward and Bernstein embarrassed yet?

One of the less important charges against Jones was his public use of the a-word to describe Republicans who are resisting the health care takeover. The Left routinely uses foul language, so this unwise remark should not have come as a surprise. To sample the gutter terms, take a peek at the leftie Websites Huffington Post or MoveOn.  Leftists flavor their commentary with profanity the way cows fertilize a field. But who can blame the Left for venting? It’s been a whole seven months, and we still don’t have communism, just major elements of socialism and a scheme to saddle our children and grandchildren with literally trillions in debt.

If the opposition is smart, it will portray Jones as the poster boy for the other party’s radical core. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who called for Jones’ resignation on the day before it happened, has called for inquiries into all of Obama’s “czars.” That’s a good start.

The Left thought their fully owned subsidiary media would protect them against their own worst instincts. Judging by how the media continue to carry water for them over the Jones debacle, you can’t say they aren’t trying.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.