In this past Sunday's liveblog, I made note of the fact that Fox News contributor Bill Kristol "set up Valerie Jarrett as the right's next target of insane hounding." And lo, as predicted, here are your friends at World Net Daily leading the way:
Was Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama's closest advisers, introduced to the president's political circles by her father-in-law, a communist sympathizer who worked with the radical Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis?
Was she? WAS SHE? World Net Daily sure thinks so! There's no real attempt to divine crypto-Communism from Valerie Jarrett's own words, actions, or opinions, other than the fact that she supported the appointment of Van Jones. Instead, they assert that Jarrett's "family background and her initial introduction to Obama may tie her to [Van] Jones' radical ideology." And then, what follows is a laundry list of people associated with Jarrett's father-in-law and places where he might have encountered liberal people.
The best part of the article is the way it seamlessly shifts from alarmist concern that Valerie Jarrett might be connected in some way to known Communists to alarmist concern that Valerie Jarrett might be connected in some way to known black people!
In 1948, Jarrett started a radio show, "Negro Newsfront," and went on to become the Chicago Tribune's first black syndicated columnist.
A Washington Post obituary of Jarrett notes he "stoked the political embers in Chicago that led to the 1983 election of the city's first African-American mayor, Harold Washington."
"Vernon Jarrett was a key influence in Washington's decision to run for the Chicago mayoralty and remained a key supporter through his four-year tenure," the newspaper reported.
In other words: BETTER DEAD THAN RED, ER...BLACK...UHM...RED, no...uhm...CHECKERBOARD COLOR!
In other news, there's mounting suspicion that Glenn Beck's next target will be FCC "Diversity Czar" Mark Lloyd. Conservatives are driven by the fear that Lloyd, having co-authored an article titled "The Structural Imbalance Of Political Talk Radio" may want to reinstate the so-called "Fairness Doctrine." Over the past year, I've labored hard to explain just how totally, totally, totally, unfounded and bogus these fears are. But make no mistake! Mark Lloyd may not want to reimpose a failed piece of legislation that nobody wants to see reinstated, but, like Jarrett, he is very connected to black people!