Van Jones

WASHINGTON – It wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement.

When White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the president’s support for his embattled “green jobs czar,” Van Jones, the response was: “He continues to work for the administration.”

If there were any doubts the first high appointment of the Obama administration was about to be reversed by scandal, Gibbs’ message put them to rest.

If he goes, Jones’ brief tenure as one of about 40 czars in the White House will have been cut short by reporting in WND – begun in April by staffer Aaron Klein.

WND’s Klein first reported Jones was an admitted radical communist and a self-described “rowdy black nationalist” and that in 2005 he boasted in an interview that his environmental activism was actually a means to fight for racial and class “justice.”

Succeeding revelations by WND included:

While talk radio and cable television have picked up WND’s reporting and brought Jones to the brink of resignation or firing, until today there has been no major coverage of the scandal by the major U.S. news media.

But today, Rep. Mike Pence, R-IN, chairman of the House Republican Conference, called on Jones to quit or be fired.

“His extremist views and coarse rhetoric have no place in this administration or the public debate,” Pence said.

Jones has tried to deflect the rising chorus of criticism: “In recent days some in the news media have reported on past statements I made before I joined the administration – some of which were made years ago. If I have offended anyone with statements I made in the past, I apologize.”

It was his second apology of the week. On Wednesday, Jones apologized for labeling Republicans with a vulgarism in a February speech, saying that his comments were “clearly inappropriate.”

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