Unethical Quote Of The Week: CNN Contributor Van Jones

Van was speaking of the Brittany Griner prisoner trade with Russia…

“This is huge. First of all, that’s a decade-defining image when you saw her wife sitting there, Kamala Harris was there, president is there, such a human image, and yet it just shows this president got it done. He cared enough about this individual person to get her home. It was shocking for young Americans to see an icon like that snatched, locked up, treated like garbage and nine years, ten years for bringing some cannabis oil, medically prescribed. So these are decade-defining images. I guarantee you there will be young people 10, 20, 30 years from now who will remember this moment because she is an icon. It’s really, really extraordinary. And people are talking about this other guy. He’s so terrible. Look, there’s a lot of terrible people in the world, a lot of terrible people in Russia. What you can’t allow to happen is have a black female icon treated like garbage and America do nothing about it. Something was done about it, and people are going to be proud of that.”

—Race-obsessed pundit Van Jones, once Barack Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar,” blathering on to try to justify President Biden trading an arrogant, dumb, America-bashing athlete who defied State Department travel warnings for money and got caught with illegal drugs in Russia, for an international arms dealer and terrorism purveyor, Viktor Bout, who is a good bet to kill lots of people with his skills.

That’s a little long for an Unethical Quote, but the full thing is necessary to give a proper sense of just how ethically obtuse, factually-nonsensical and outright stupid the quote is. Van Jones has proved over the past that he is not incapable of perceptive analysis, but he persists in outburst like this one, usually conscening race, that make him one of the epitomes of the Ethics Alarms motto, “Bias Makes You Stupid. Jones is smarter than this quote makes him sound, so we must assume that he knows what he’s saying is garbage, but he’s saying it on CNN anyway.

Ethics Strike One.

  • “Decade defining image?” Stop insulting our intelligence. Griner will be completely forgotten as soon as she quits basketball, and only lightly remembered before that. How many people remember Bo Bergdahl now?

Ethics Strike Two.

  • Got what done? Any 12th grader could have made that trade, which was so lopsided Russia would have been crazy not to accept it. What Biden was supposed to “get done” was to get both imprisoned Americans back, not just the useless Griner by former Marine Paul Whelan, who has been detained by Russia for four year on trumped up charges. Biden didn’t “get it done.”

Ethics Strike Three

  • Griner is no icon. This is irresponsible, dishonest icon inflation. She’s a pituitary freak star in a minor professional sport and an inferior version of basketball. A recent poll found that 6% of American men cared about the WNBA. More men used to follow the roller derby. There hasn’t been an “icon” in women’s basketball yet, and may never be. Griner has a narrow fan base that admires huge black, grotesquely tattooed  lesbians who refuse to stand for the National Anthem. If we slice groups that thin, anyone can be an icon. Even me.

Ethics Strike Four

  • Did Van really say that it’s OK to loose a terrorist ally with thousands of deaths on his rap sheet on the world because there are lots of bad people out there? He sure did. I don’t have the time or energy to check off all the rationalizations such an offensive assertion requires. Check the list out. I found three Jones’ dinged in the first ten, and I was only counting the rationalizations that applied to this part of his quote. I bet there are 30 or 40 that he employed in his whole, obnoxious statement.

Ethics Strike Five

  • “What you can’t allow to happen is have a black female icon treated like garbage and America do nothing about it.” Well, she’s not an icon even to black females, but Jones is also saying that there would be no similar urgency to rescue a white female, and we already know that a white male in Griner’s situation doesn’t warrant Biden “getting it done.” This is racial bias straight up. Let’s say Taylor Swift was as dumb as Griner and got herself thrown in a Russian prison. If van thinks Griner’s supporters equal even 5% of the number that would be screaming for Joe to rescue Swift, he’s nuts.

Matt Margolis of PJ Media says that Jones “admitted” that identity politics played a part in Griner’s release. That’s not an “admission”; Jones didn’t do it. At best it’s an opinion, and who doesn’t know that a President who has repeatedly put tribal identity above merit and has pandered to niche Democratic constituencies made this a priority over saving lives? The difference is that Jones thinks this is something to be proud of.

Ethics Strike Six

That’s two full three-strike ethics whiffs in one stupid statement for Van.

Impressive.

 

16 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Week: CNN Contributor Van Jones

  1. So, I am assuming that this occurred on some show, with Van Jones as a pundit.

    That puts him in a very difficult position. He is expected to serve a Rah-Rah function, as he is expected to comment on things that are pretty dumb to start with.

    Now, maybe he is a true believer and believes every word coming out of his mouth. Or, he is simply taking something and trying to put every positive spin on it that he can. Considering she ticks off so many boxes makes it easy for someone like him.

    But, I think you are right in the assessment of how “decade-defining” this is. The Kennedy Assassination; the Moon Landing; the Challenger explosion; 9/11. Those are the sorts of events that are decade-defining. Those are the events where people say, “I remember what I was doing when _____.”

    I find it highly implausible that, thirty years from now, people will say, “ I remember exactly what I was doing when Griner’s trade was announced.”

    But, Van Jones did guarantee it, so maybe I’m all turned around on this.

    -Jut

    • Oh, come now! Her release is the most memorable release since the hostages came home from Iran!

      Just like 1/6 was the equivalent of 9/11 or Pearl Harbor.

      The Left loves itself some hyperbole, doesn’t it?

    • But, I think you are right in the assessment of how “decade-defining” this is. The Kennedy Assassination; the Moon Landing; the Challenger explosion; 9/11. Those are the sorts of events that are decade-defining. Those are the events where people say, “I remember what I was doing when _____.”

      I don’t remember what I was doing when the third of those happened. And I only remember what I was doing when the first happened because there was an American boy at my school who got very distressed, and I remember seeing that.

      • Well, I don’t know that Challenger is in the same class as the other three, which were truly world class events.

        I guess what we can conclude from this is that being an Australian, you aren’t an American, and therefore have a different perspective on these events.

        Now, if you are saying that you will remember what you were doing when Griner was released 4 decades from know, that would be a different story.

        I am not sure what I was doing when this happened. I don’t know what I was doing when she was arrested.

        • Challenger is definitely not in the same category. I’ve been around a while, and I’d include JFK’s assassination, the Moon landing, and 9/11. Well, and the Red Sox winning the World series in 2004. Kidding. But that was more memorable and significant than trading Bout for Griner.

        • I guess what we can conclude from this is that being an Australian, you aren’t an American, and therefore have a different perspective on these events.

          Then you would be jumping to a conclusion that is at the very least misleading. Right now, I am in Australia as a dual British-Australian national, as the latest representative of three rootless generations of globe trotting Scots and Irish (hence my mention below of my great-uncle, the then Irish Minister to Madrid). Not only was that distressed American school fellow there when I was at an English school, but also my first teacher was an American (in 1950s Iraq – so it is unlikely that I will be remembering anything in forty years time). It is more likely that I am detached, encompassing many perspectives, than that I hew to some other particular perspective.

      • Do you really not? I wasn’t born for a few of them, but I absolutely remember sitting in my high school computer lab watching the twin towers burn the entire first period of class. I remember hitting the refresh button about 100,000 times looking for updates. I remember my teacher freak out a little and he started quoting a Nostradamus passage at us that, I think, was improperly attributed.

        I honestly don’t remember what I was doing during the Griner trade. I’d say it’s the only WNBA trade that I ever cared about… But I’d be lying. I don’t really care about it.

        • Well, the shuttle crash simply wasn’t memorable enough for those not directly concerned. The first moon landing quite clearly meant something for the whole world, but the space shuttles quite clearly did not, being at best just another incremental thing produced by a committee of the proverbial horse designing sort, not world shaking even if it always worked and never went wrong. That meant that when one crashed it had the same resonance as any serious road crash, but no more and certainly none of more than local resonance. It was up there with the Concorde crash, for much the same reasons.

  2. Paul Whelan has a couple confounding factors in his history, court martial found he wasn’t exactly a good Marine. Now I understand the burden of proof there isn’t quite the same level as a conviction in a court of law, and I also believe he served the penalty so it’s a bit unfair to withhold other benefits citizenship should confer.

    And that brings me to the other factor… He also benefits from possessing Canadian and Irish citizenship, but I doubt the ambassadors of those nations have the clout of ours. Perhaps the administrations of those countries are blessed with brains though.

    • And that brings me to the other factor… He also benefits from possessing Canadian and Irish citizenship, but I doubt the ambassadors of those nations have the clout of ours…

      Oh, yes, they have. My great-uncle Leopold was instrumental in assisting Frank Ryan effectively after he was caught during the Spanish Civil War, when there was much more at stake for the Spanish.

  3. Garner’s prisoner swap is a “decade-defining event”? Well, now, in one sense, it us: our government decided a black lesbian basketball player convicted of a Russian drug offense for a convicted arms dealer sends the message that identity politics controls over all.

    The decade defining moment, though, is the fact that the U.S. is now a laughing stock around the world. Mexican President Lopez Obrador mocked VIP. Harris. China outplayed the Biden Administration in just about every sector – I mean, China will get tons of money from the World Bank because it is a developing nation. Russia gets an arms dealer and gets rid of a silly lesbian basketball player, making the U.S. look like rank amateurs. I suspect Iran and North Korea are shaking in their booties.

    jvb

  4. “Jones is smarter than this quote makes him sound…”

    Jack, I believe you are being too charitable toward Jones. I hear this said all the time about progressives who spout such nonsense, “He (or she) is smarter than that, they’re just saying it because…” For me, the principle from Forrest Gump applies: “Stupid is as stupid does.” Consistently spouting stupid stuff is a key indicator of a deep-seated stupidity that underlies any veneer of smartness. I also draw a distinction between being successful and being smart. Jones, like many others, is successful in the current socio-political milieux, but when it comes to an end, he won’t seem smart at all.

  5. Well, I have been a women’s basketball fan for several decades, although not so much the WNBA.

    I would say that there have been several icons in that sport (how much so they are to the wider public is another story).

    I would have to say that Griner is not one of them. If I recall, she was notable for being super-tall for a woman (6-8 if memory serves) but actually not that/b> talented aside from looming a foot or so over most of the other college players.

    • I’m sure you’ll agree that an icon in one narrow area, like women’s basketball, is not the same as an Icon generally. Divine was–is!— an icon in underground films, but not an icon in the culture and society generally, Same here. “Icons” in roller-skating, arm-wrestling and graffiti can’t be called icons in the sense that Jones meant

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