Drew Zahn is a WND news editor who cut his journalist teeth as a member of the award-winning staff of Leadership, Christianity Today's professional journal for church leaders. A former pastor, he is the editor of seven books, including Movie-Based Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching, which sparked his ongoing love affair with film and his weekly WND column, "Popcorn and a (world)view."More ↓Less ↑
Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson
Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson has invited city employees to prepare for a new “Green Initiative” by joining him in reading a book from radical communist and former Obama appointee Van Jones.
Johnson – the mayor at the center of the “Walpingate” scandal – instructs in an e-mail to city employees, “Read one chapter a week and meet with my staff and me as we discuss Van
Jones’s plan for solving two major challenges in the U.S. – socioeconomic inequality and the destruction of natural resources.”
Jones, as WND reported, had described himself as a radical communist and “rowdy black nationalist” who confessed his environmental activism was a means to fight for racial and class “justice.”
Now Johnson is encouraging his city’s employees to read Jones’ book “The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems” as a preparation for making Sacramento into “the Emerald Valley – the greenest region in the country and the hub of green technology.”
Johnson’s office verified to WND that the e-mail is genuine but declined to comment on the details of the mayor’s Green Initiative until its formal unveiling next week.
Johnson’s invitation is an apparent fulfillment of predictions by fellow “progressives” that Jones’ radical agenda would only gain steam after his resignation as Obama’s “green jobs” czar.
Don Hazen, executive director of the Independent Media Institute, a “progressive” alternative media outlet heavily funded by the likes of Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Tides Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, said last year that Jones’ talents were actually wasted in the position of green jobs czar.
“The liberation of Van Jones will give him the opportunity to fully explain his blueprint on green jobs, but also connect it to the political economy and the need for resources to train young people in the skills needed to bring a green economy to the U.S.,” says Hazen.
But will Jones’ message be tainted by the revelations that his “green” plans are fueled by a socialist agenda, the same revelations that led to his resignation?
Hazen doesn’t think so.
“Fame is a valuable commodity in our society,” he predicted last year. “And now, it is clear that Jones is a celebrity. In a short time, people will have a hard time remembering exactly what made Jones famous, but famous he will be. And he will have a major pulpit – thanks to his oratory gifts and to how the media treats notorious celebs.”
Hazen says that in American society, “fame seems to trump radicalism and scandal.”
While talk radio and some cable television shows such as Glenn Beck’s picked up WND’s reporting and increased pressure on the administration to cut Jones loose, there was no significant press coverage of the scandal by the major U.S. news media until it became apparent Jones would be forced to leave.