The Charles Johnson / LGF Connection (UPDATED)Posted: July 23, 2011
Anders Behring Breivik’s Manifesto
After perusing Charles Johnson’s irrational and slanderous attacks on Fjordman, Pamela Geller, and others, let’s look at some facts.
I downloaded Breivik’s “Manifesto,” as a Word document file and performed a simple search/replace to determine the frequency of mentions of relevant names and blog sites. Caveat: I have not read the entire “manifesto,” I may not read it, and I cannot confirm its authenticity.
“Charles Johnson” and “Johnson” is mentioned 17 times; “Little Green Footballs” and “LGF” is mentioned 16 times.
[Note that there are references to “Marguerite Johnson,” “The Johnson Boys,””Tim Johnson,””Allen Johnson,” and they are not included in the tally.That totals 33 for Charles Johnson, not counting footnotes.]
“Geller” is mentioned 1 time; “Atlasshrugs” is mentioned 12 times.
[Pamela Geller totals 13.]
Other related searches:
“Fjordman” is mentioned 111 times.
“Spencer” is mentioned 55 times.
“Jihadwatch” is mentioned 155 times.
“Geert Wilders” is mentioned 15 times.
“David Duke” is mentioned 3 times.
“English Defense League,” “English Defence League” and “EDF” is mentioned 11 times.
Here are Anders Behring Breivik’s own unedited words as expressed in his “Manifesto.” The references to Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs are in the order in which they appear, and I’ve attempted to keep the comments in context. The bold text is my own.
APPARENTLY THE “MANIFESTO” IS A HOAX. Regardless, the point of this post still stands, that Charles Johnson assumed the paper to be legitimate (as did we and many others) and used it to attack other bloggers with charges of guilt-by-association. –Ed.]
[UPDATE No. 2: The MSM, including the Norwegian press, are treating the “Manifesto” as authentic. –Ed.]
Dr. Chanan Naveh, who used to edit the Israel Broadcasting Authority radio’s news desk, mentioned, with no regrets, examples in which he and his colleagues made a concerted effort to change public opinion: “Three broadcasters – Carmela Menashe, Shelly Yechimovich [later a Labour party Knesset Member], and I – pushed in every way possible the withdrawal from Lebanon towards 2000… I have no doubt that we promoted an agenda of withdrawal that was a matter of public dispute.” As Charles Johnson of American anti-Jihad blog Little Green Footballs commented: “Journalists are no longer in the business of simply reporting facts and events; increasingly, they see their job as ‘activism,’ and the points of view they promote are invariably leftist and transnationalist. Honest journalists will admit this outright, and we see the pernicious effects of this information manipulation and filtering everywhere.”
In August 2006, following the unveiling of a plot to blow up several airliners between Britain and the USA, Muslim leaders summoned to talks with the Government on tackling extremism made a series of demands, which included the introduction of sharia law for family matters. Dr Syed Aziz Pasha, secretary general of the Union of Muslim Organisations of the UK and Ireland, said: ‘We told her [the minister] if you give us religious rights, we will be in a better position to convince young people that they are being treated equally along with other citizens.’As Charles Johnson of blog Little Green Footballs dryly commented, this is an interesting viewpoint: Only by receiving special treatment and instituting a medieval religious legal code can Muslims be treated “equally.”—————————————————————————–
In late 2007 and early 2008, I was involved in a heated argument with the American blog Little Green Footballs and its owner Charles Johnson. I haven’t been thinking much about it since then because it consumed too much energy and I found it to be a waste of time. However, recent events have caused me to look at these issues once more. In the city of Cologne (Köln), Germany, a scheduled anti-Islamisation demonstration was disrupted by an unholy alliance of Eurabian Multicultural elites and extreme Leftist “anti-Fascists.” As Thomas Landen puts it in The Brussels Journal:
I checked the front page of the major American “anti-Jihad” website Little Green Footballs (LGF) from Friday 19 to Tuesday September 23 2008 to check what blogger Charles Johnson wrote about the demonstration. As far as I could see, he remained completely silent on the subject, yet there is no doubt that he was aware of the event. On Sep 8 he wrote about Fascists Hijacking Anti-Jihadism in Cologne”” and stated that “Here we go again, as an all-star cast of European fascists hijacks the anti-jihad movement for their own sick political purposes.”
One of these “Fascist bastards” (Johnson’s words) was Dewinter, with his “Cities against islamisation” project. Mr. Johnson himself noted that the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, hardly a beacon of tolerance and enlightenment, urged the European Union (not Germany, interestingly enough) to intervene and stop this planned “anti-Islamic” meeting, and Johnson concluded that “The Iranian mullahs couldn’t have asked for better propaganda.”
The Iranians put pressure on the EU several times and summoned the French ambassador – France held the rotating presidency of the EU – to expressed deep concern over the EU’s lenient behaviour toward anti-Islamic sentiments in Europe and suggested that European authorities prohibited the conference. Shouldn’t the “anti-Jihadist” Johnson and his followers be concerned over the fact that they end up on the same side as a repressive and terrorist-sponsoring Islamic state against Westerners fighting for their freedom? Apparently not.
Just a few days before this, the “Fascist bastard” Filip Dewinter received the “Oriana Fallaci Prize” in Florence for his work with “Cities Against Islamisation,” among other things. The prize is named after the courageous Italian Islam-critical journalist and writer Oriana Fallaci. The irony is that Mr. Johnson kept a photo of Fallaci on his frontpage for several years, but at the time of writing, this photo has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. I guess Fallaci was a Fascist, too, just like Dewinter, myself and everybody else who doesn’t believe in the myth of a moderate Islam. Dutch politician Geert Wilders does not appear to believe in the existence of a moderate Islam, either. When will LGF declare him a Fascist?
The LGF-crowd thinks that Europeans must prove that we are 100% “ideologically pure” before we should be granted the right to fight for our continued existence. Imagine if a house is on fire. The fire brigade has just arrived to put out the fire, but the neighbour won’t allow them to use the local water because he fears it may be impure. He will only accept that they use holy water – distilled holy water – and only if it has been blessed by a lesbian priest who supports voting rights for illegal immigrants. Since the firefighters don’t have this available, the house burns down, but the neighbour takes comforting in knowing that at least the remaining ash is ideologically pure. This is Little Green Football’s attitude to the threat faced by the Western world. In fact, their attitude is to say that the water is more dangerous than the fire itself, and to beat the firefighters with their umbrellas while screaming “Fascist bastards!”
I have watched, for the better part of a year, a number of decent human beings including, but not limited to, Pamela Geller, Paul Belien, Diana West, the Baron and Dymphna from the Gates of Vienna blog and many others, being at the receiving end of a vicious smear campaign from Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs which is unlike anything I have seen in my life. After engaging in an insane witch-hunt on imaginary Fascists, whose ranks seem to grow every month, Mr. Johnson now suddenly chooses to look the other way in silence when very real Fascists use violence to silence their critics in a major Western city. I admit that makes me angry, and I think I have the right to be so.
The time has now come for Mr. Johnson to apologise in public to the numerous people he has smeared since the fall of 2007, starting with the ones I have mentioned above. It’s not their credibility that’s on the line here. It’s his. If he continues to undermine those confronting Islamic infiltration, it will become increasingly difficult for LGF to present itself as an anti-Jihad website at all. At some point, the rapidly shrinking number of people in the northern hemisphere who haven’t been banned from the site yet will be forced to ask themselves whether the website and its owner have simply switched teams and joined the Dark Side.
What is posted above are the thoughts and words of a madman, edited only for their relevance to Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs.
Did Johnson influence Anders Behring Breivik? Assuming that the “Manifesto” is legitimate, the answer is YES, WITHOUT A DOUBT.
The purpose of posting portions of the deranged terrorist’s “manifesto” is not to blame Charles Johnson or anyone connected with Little Green Footballs for yesterday’s atrocities. The purpose is to illustrate that Charles Johnson has stooped so low as to use this abhorrent event to attempt to destroy his own imagined enemies with innuendo, guilt by association, slander, character assassination, defamation, and fraud.
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