Van Jones stars in ad challenging Glenn Beck to debate

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WASHINGTON — As he was being badgered by Glenn Beck over his past political associations, former White House adviser Van Jones remained a relatively silent figure, choosing minimal push back against the charges and ultimately resigning.

Even in his post administration career, the former “green jobs” czar, accused of being a subversive communist and 9/11 conspiracy theorist, has preferred cordiality to indignation. His first public speech was noteworthy for the fact that he referred to Beck as his “fellow countryman.”

“I see you, and I love you, brother,” Jones said. “I love you and you cannot do anything about it.”

So it is more than a bit uncharacteristic that Jones is now offering a more forceful condemnation of Beck and his show, just as the host is leaving his perch at Fox News. At last week’s Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, a gathering of progressive activists and bloggers, he challenged Beck to a debate.

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