The 10th Anniversary of Charles Johnson’s Famous On-Line MeltdownPosted: September 1, 2016
10 years ago today, Charles Johnson went Scooters.
By 1 September 2006, Charles Johnson had become so overbearing on his own successful blog that a number of Loyal Lizard Lappers had had just about enough of the petulant bitch and dared to voice their opposition to King Lizard. It resulted in the “cleansing” of Little Green Footballs of all those who disagreed with his points of view no matter how trivial. The purge continued for several years afterwards until Charles got what he wanted: A ControlBlog where he was The LGF Thinkpol Oberführer.
PART 3 – THE BANNINGS
Bannings were sporadic, and usually well deserved for egregious behavior by a commenter. However, sometimes the ban stick was used indiscriminately, with little or no warning. A pattern was emerging that left a lot of fans of Little Green Footballs scratching their heads.
One harbinger was the infamous and inexplicable “Night of Long Knives.” Charles Johnson had an altercation with a vocal commenter about unnecessary profanity. When others voiced support for the dissenter, that he had a right to his opinion (profane or otherwise) they too were banned without discussion. Invisible lines had been crossed, and paranoia set in among the LGF community. Nobody knew who was going to be next, because the rules had changed, and no one knew what the new rules were.
In short, the “Night of Long Knives” was a small revolution in support of free speech on Little Green Footballs. Charles Johnson had been openly criticized on his own blog by his own lizards, and he didn’t like it. Rather than accept the dissent and let the lizards police their own, Johnson chose to lop off the heads of his critics. But he went further than that.
Not only did he ban his critics, he banned many silent lurking lizards just for logging on and reading the thread.
The purging of his detractors continued, albeit not so dramatically.
The Secret Threads
One of Johnson’s frequent tactics was to post a “secret thread,” a private post, viewable only by those registered at Little Green Footballs. These posts allowed loyal lizards to defame outsiders, plot blog strategy, and be themselves within the confines of an internet wall. Only the approved elite lizards could view the “secret threads.” But there was a catch.
Johnson knew that outsiders were reading his “secret threads” because they posted them on other websites. He was also tracking and collecting IP addresses in order to identify sock puppets, i.e., those with multiple accounts on LGF posting comments under different names. He called this his “Correlator Tool.”
Oddly enough, a lot of this went down on an LGF post entitled Hizballah [sic] Sets Up Shop in Venezuela [with credit given to Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, cut and pasted into LGF by Charles Johnson] and on a subsquent “Secret Thread” that was blocked from public view.
Below is every single one of Charles Johnson’s comments as he posted them on 1 September 2006 (and a few that he spilled over into the following day). We post these as text only because much of the relevant convo was scrubbed long ago by the LGF Uberfükker, and there’s no point in cranking out reconstructions for screencaps.
1st number is the tagged comment, 2nd is the thread number, 3rd is the comment as it appears on the particular thread. 4th is the #Rumpswab with day, date & time. Enjoy.
03109223 22361 91 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 7:34:02am
Dan’s wrong. The graphic was not “rotated” … it was deleted, while other images on the same page were not. The proof for this is above.
03109302 22361 170 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 8:46:41am
That’s right, the Google cached page has changed.
And that’s why I took the screenshot.
03109306 22361 174 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 8:50:17am
Doss: I’m pretty sure the pictures are placed on Google News pages by an automated algorithm. It’s possible that the change you saw was done deliberately, but it’s also possible there was no human decision involved…
03110200 22371 173 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 4:44:08pm
rayra: I’m tired of getting emails from offended women–many of whom are NOT commenters, but just people who read this stuff and are offended–and I don’t blame them for being offended. Knock it off, or start your own blog and deal with the crap yourself.
03110714 22375 8 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 5:32:41pm
Audio now fixed.
03110220 22371 193 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 5:38:38pm
I’m serious. Start your own blog. Then you can insult whoever you want to insult, and ban whoever you want to ban, and deal with all of the crap that comes with it.
If this isn’t a satisfactory answer, then you’re welcome to take your comments elsewhere.
03110236 22371 209 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 6:16:10pm
Really? You’re demanding answers from me, rayra? And if I don’t answer, you’ll… do what? Leave? Post more death threats to CAIR officials? Take potshots at me behind my back at other blogs?
Oooh. Now I’m terrified. Grow up, you freaking bully.
03110240 22371 213 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 6:23:40pm
No, I think bullying assholes are a pain in the ass.
03110241 22371 214 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 6:25:25pm
And rayra: that’s it. Make your decision. If you’re so convinced that you know better than me how to run a blog, go ahead and do it. Build your echo chamber and have fun.
03110245 22371 218 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 6:29:04pm
No one is forcing you to read it, Swampwoman.
03110248 22371 221 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 6:30:58pm
This is really getting stupid now.
03110250 22371 223 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 6:32:55pm
Have fun, kids. I’m out of here.
03110945 22379 16 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 7:51:14pm
Noam Sayin’: that there is your Topeak Mini 18, a must-have for long bike rides. Every tool you might need — even a chain breaking tool.
03110311 22371 284 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 8:26:26pm
I just came back and read what’s been going on in here. Thought I’d let everyone have their say.
I’m now shutting off posting privileges for those who think this is a horrible place, and I’m a “cowardly fraud.” Go insult me elsewhere. I know you will.
03110979 22379 50 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 8:14:31pm
Are you going to bring that crap in here too, rayra?
03110986 22379 57 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 8:17:47pm
One thing I don’t have to put up with on my own blog is personal insults from obsessed people. You’re not welcome here any more.
03111000 22379 71 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 8:28:08pm
And please don’t bother sending me those nasty emails you’re no doubt writing at this moment. They’ll be filed in the trash, unread.
03111031 22379 102 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 8:54:37pm
Sorry, but I disagree — I’m making some moves I should have made long ago.
03111040 22379 111 Charles Fri, Sep 1, 2006 9:02:07pm
There has been a clique of bullying, insulting people here, who have driven away some very valued commenters — for example, zulubaby, who was one of the best early supporters of this site, a person who gave an enormous amount, almost never posts any more because she is invariably abused by this clique.
There are also some people who deliberately post extreme comments, and as I’ve been saying quite a lot recently, I’m not going to put up with that any more either.
No, this doesn’t mean we all have to be “nice” to each other. But these obsessive feuds are dragging one thread after another into the gutter; every request I’ve made to cut it out has been scorned. Tonight that turned into open defiance and mockery. I’m finished allowing it.
03112306 22387 348 Charles Sat, Sep 2, 2006 12:51:14pm
After glancing through the back-stabbing thread again, I see that I missed a couple of jerks. Now corrected.
03112361 22387 403 Charles Sat, Sep 2, 2006 1:40:16pm
Please note: I wasn’t going to post about this again, but I see that rayra has now moved on to making up sad little fantasies about me being “ready to give him up to the FBI.” This is absolute paranoid nonsense. Nothing like this ever happened.
Just to set the record straight. And that’s the very last time I will visit that blog. From now on, if you see any similar accusations, just assume they are bullshit — because they are.
03112400 22387 442 Charles Sat, Sep 2, 2006 2:59:54pm
rightymouse: if your comment about “asshole” is directed to me, I do apologize for using that word here, something I never do. I lost my temper at the arrogance and unbridled hostility on display. I’m leaving my words there, though, because I meant them–and continue to mean them.
03112649 22388 185 Charles Sat, Sep 2, 2006 3:07:19pm
Couldn’t be more obvious that “Moonbat” is a fake troll. Froll for short.
03112667 22388 203 Charles Sat, Sep 2, 2006 3:21:15pm
RedPepper: I wish I had time to write some code like that.
03115124 22403 249 Charles Sun, Sep 3, 2006 12:07:05pm
To JustMyView: are you the person who used to comment here with the name “View From Ireland”?
03115978 22406 4 Charles Sun, Sep 3, 2006 5:08:18pm
Amalie: about a mile…
03115990 22406 16 Charles Sun, Sep 3, 2006 5:15:24pm
fraxinus: top speed was 44.9 mph — the speed limit there was 35 mph, so we were already pushing it. I once hit 56 mph behind a truck on one PV hill — that’s my personal max speed so far.
03116178 22407 124 Charles Sun, Sep 3, 2006 6:53:09pm
To So?: Knock it off. Take some time away from the computer and do something else. I understand you’re angry but the language is not OK. If you keep it up I’ll block your account.
03117467 22415 80 Charles Mon, Sep 4, 2006 1:10:01pm
The idiot named ‘coolhandluke’ is affiliated with Central Michigan University.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!