A local NBC News Washington DC correspondent emceed an event Tuesday night honoring former White House Green Jobs Czar Van Jones.
Jones, for those who don't remember, was forced to resign from the White House after it came to light that he had signed a 9/11 "Truther" petition. He apparently ascribes to a number of radical ideologies, including Marxism and Black Liberation Theology. He was a notable defending of convicted cop-killer (and leftist cause celebre) Mumia Abu-Jamal, and insisted that "white polluters and the white environmentalists are essentially steering poison into the people of color communities because they don’t have a racial justice frame."
WRC News 5's Wendy Rieger hosted the event honoring this man. "Her involvement is simply to help support the organization," a network spokesman told the Daily Caller, "and she had no involvement in choosing the attendees or award recipients."
Fair enough, but Green DMV, the organization that held Green Night Out, as it was called, considers Van Jones worthy of praise, billing him as a "globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy." That speaks volumes about that organization.
Rieger hosted the event in a professional capacity, which suggests that she and NBC News both consider the organization a worthy one. NBC insists that Rieger's prominent presence was not in any way a sign of support for Green DMV's attitude towards Jones, but he was not an obscure figure at this event. In fact, Rieger's and Jones's faces both graced the graphic advertising the event.