Early Wednesday morning, Project Veritas and James O'Keefe released a second video in their “American Pravda: CNN” series, this one targeting CNN talking head (and former Obama administration official), Van Jones.
In the video, Jones appears to call the Russia investigation a “nothing burger.”
And now Jones is fighting back.
In an opinion piece for (of course) CNN, Jones takes a leaf from the Hillary Clinton playbook and weaves a twisted narrative that tries to lay blame everywhere but himself.
First, he attacks O'Keefe:
James O'Keefe is a notorious con man whose infamy arises from his addiction to pulling the same media stunts, over and over again.
Jones goes on to call O'Keefe's videos “deceptively edited” and “discredited,” while failing to mention that one of his videos (that exposed an Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now employee explaining to a pimp and a prostitute how to skirt the IRS) is the reason the ACORN organization no longer exists.
And then Jones takes aim at Sarah Huckabee Sanders (and, by extension, the entire Trump administration):
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary for the President of the United States, stood at the White House podium and told Americans to watch one of James O'Keefe's new videos. She admitted she didn't know if it was truthful, but she told everyone to watch anyway.
He calls out the Trump administration, saying that “the truly terrifying thing about Trump is his complete disregard for the truth.”
Now let's rewind for a second and remember who Jones supported in the 2016 election: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton, who blamed the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans on an unrelated YouTube video. Granted, Jones has recently been very critical of the Clinton campaign — but he has yet to even accuse Hillary of the kind of dishonesty he's already convicted Trump of displaying.
Another trip in the Wayback Machine takes us to the president under whom Jones himself served: Barack Obama. The same Barack Obama whose “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” was ranked by Politifact as “Lie of the Year.”
And for his finale, Jones explains that he only called the Russia investigation a “nothing burger” because he thought it was an ineffective strategy for Democrats:
No evidence is going to emerge (“THIS WEEK,” soon, or maybe ever) that is powerful enough to force the craven GOP to oust Trump. Too many Democrats see the Russia controversy as some kind of magical “get out of jail free” card. They insist that we will be delivered from our misery — as soon as the next shoe drops and Trump is impeached.
Don't look now, Mr. Jones, but the reasoning behind your statement isn't relevant: You still said that the mainstream media is devoting 50 percent of its time to something that you admit will never have the desired effect.