Killgore’s Midnight Run & Charles Johnson’s Foray Into Astroturfing: 10th Anniversary

The following is a repost from 18 September 2016.


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There he goes again, fighting a dead man.

Andrew Breitbart enhanced Charles Johnson’s blogging career by introducing him to the players who in turn promoted Little Green Footballs and escorted Johnson into the Big Tent with fanfare. Instead of walking away with dignity, Charles chose the path of the pissant. Not only did he shun his former mentors, he turned on them, created and promoted lies, reposted invented unsubstantiated claims, and astroturfed his benefactors. Then, like a true coward, he still plays the victim when others call him on his own hypocrisy.

On 13 September 2016, Charles tried once again to erase his own history of astroturfing, but let’s roll back the clock to 18 September 2009.

Seven years ago today The Flying Monkeys of Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs began an astroturf campaign against HotAir. With no evidence to back up Johnson’s accusation that HotAir was a racist website, LGF operative Killgore Trout paid them a visit while the moderators were asleep and provided the “evidence” himself by posting offensive racial comments and daring the moderators to delete them… beginning at 12:34AM and running to 2:01AM. You can read the full diatribe here, but here’s a snippet:

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Killgore’s Midnight Run set a precedent for Little Green Footballs that was recognized throughout the political blogosphere, and the running joke was that if racist comments showed up on someone’s website it was due to Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs.

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Charles Johnson continuously accused Breitbart and others of not policing comments on their websites. Little Green Footballs typically garnered a couple of hundred comments, and Charles employed volunteer “Monitor Lizards” to do it for him. Breitbart’s “Big Journalism” had well over ten times the number of comments per post than Little Green Footballs, so it was impractical to expend the effort to review and/or edit all of them.

And Johnson’s astroturfing didn’t stop there.

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Johnson holds the 2 of Clubs and four Post-It Notes, then claims he has 5 of a kind. The first liar never has a chance, Charles.

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On 9 September 2005, Charles Johnson Was Outraged About The Winning Entry (Out Of 5K Submissions) For The Flight 93 Memorial In Pennsylvania.

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Seems we covered that one a long time ago, and got a friendly visit from conspiracy monger Alec Rawls. Damned if I can find it, but so what. The Great Design Conspiracy was pure crap, and was debunked by numerous sources. The natural topography was a crescent (possibly an ancient meteor impact crater) and most of the submitted designs for the memorial kept the existing terrain intact.

Even the moderators started laughing at the hired conspiracy theorists.

Maybe one of these days I’ll find the Bunk/Rawls debate, but it’s not going to happen tonight.

“Let’s roll.” -Todd Beamer


True Because Charles Johnson Said It’s True.

On Friday, 21 June 2019, at 7:35AM, that was the first thing on Charles Johnson’s walnut. Never mind there’s no citations to back up his assertion, never mind no civilians would be killed, only a vapid tweet  Yeah, Charles, your bullshit couldn’t possibly be more obvious.

Remember THIS interview?

Q: Were you the lefty type one associates with long haired guitar players?

I was pretty much center-left before 9/11. Never an America-hating loon, though. I’ve been a history buff most of my life, and on 9/11 I knew instantly who and what was responsible; I was aware of Bin Laden’s declaration of war on the US and as soon as I turned on the television that morning and saw the World Trade Center collapse, I knew it was Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

But that day was a real mind-blower, for many people, myself included. At first, my center-liberal leanings caused me to ask, “Why do they hate us?” and similar questions; that questioning led me to begin serious investigation of the Islamic fanaticism that was growing unchecked in the Middle East.

Now I think the question is a pointless one, not because we shouldn’t self-examine, but because the answer lies within the Islamists, not within us — and understanding them will not achieve anything, except to the extent it allows us to defeat them.

Q: What does ‘defeat’ mean, though? Make them cry ‘uncle’?

Yes — the real problem is that America (and most of the civilized world) has tended to brush the Islamists off as “all talk.” They were able to attack us over and over in the years leading up to 9/11 (the USS Cole, Nigerian embassy bombings, first WTC, etc), and never suffered any consequences.

In the Arab/Islamic shame-honor mindset, this is interpreted as weakness — and it was. It was that perceived weakness that was directly responsible for 9/11. The only way to rectify this is to demonstrate superior force; and that’s what President Bush did after 9/11, smashing the Taliban and dethroning Saddam Hussein.

Charles “Pantload” Johnson pantsed himself again.

[h/t Octo]


From the BRC Archives: Charles Johnson, Easter 2004

LGF – EASTER 2004


60 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 6:41:16am
scaramouche: shh. Don’t want to wake up the Mudheads with any factual data; it might hurt their feelings.


73 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 7:00:09am
Mike: you have stung me to the quick.

Guess you missed the numerous statements from the owner of that site saying it was exactly what he wanted, and that he was delighted with it?

Thank you for the comment, though. Every time you folks reveal yourselves as the low, crass, hate-filled slogan spouters you are, I laugh. But just a little; then I get back to work.

Happy Easter!


85 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 7:13:34am
It’s on the front page, cedar.

102 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 7:44:17am
cedar: got it. So, in other words, a front page post that contains a vile picture (unflattering, too) of me as Eva Braun is fine with you?

Thanks for clarifying.



113 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 8:09:05am
cedar wrote:

No, it’s not. However, I don’t recall seeing a picture of you at all on MetaFilter. Did I miss something?

Nice dodge. Thanks for playing.


169 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 10:45:48am
Folks, we’re talking about two different things. The actual picture was not visible on the Mudfilter page.

There was, however, a link to the picture. That’s what cedar and johnny dee think is just fine. According to these guys, there’s a huge difference between posting the actual picture, and posting a link telling people to go look at the picture. Apparently, when someone posts a link to a crude photoshop that puts my head on Eva Braun’s body at Metafilter, I’m supposed to have humility and acknowledge that I’m not always right.

It’s a matter of nuance, you see. When executing a personal smear job, it’s good to do it in as nuanced a way as possible.


176 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 11:09:10am
One is left to wonder how long that personal attack would have remained on Metafilter’s front page if I hadn’t linked to it.

Getting caught does wonders for some people’s scruples.


180 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 11:24:31am
Folks, what we have here is a typical case of lefty role reversal. To divert attention away from the fact that a link to a really nasty personal attack was left on Mudfilter’s front page for several hours — on Easter morning, mind you — it’s now become a matter of the “group think” at LGF. We’re all supposed to be ashamed and I’m supposed to be humble. And even pointing it out is called a bad thing.

Just observe the tactics at work.


182 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 11:32:07am
OK, folks — I don’t know for sure — I never saw the picture at Mudfilter. So I don’t know either way, at least from my personal experience.

But be aware — this is not the issue. This is an attempt by Mudfilter groupies to turn the argument around and deflect the blame.


197 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 12:12:15pm
cedar: you’re really starting to show your jerk badge.

The “Nuke Mecca crowd,” as you put it, does not appear on the front page.

“A dumb post.” I’m trying to remain level-headed here. But someday I’d like to see how you react if you wake up on a nice Easter morning and find the Mudfilter slimeballs chuckling and patting each other on the back at how clever they are for comparing you to Adolf Hitler’s girlfriend.

In an ugly polka dot dress to boot.

Right, but that’s just “dumb.” Whereas, pointing it out is “shameful, hypocritical, disingenuous,” etc. etc. etc. retch.

That “dumb” post stayed up for almost 6 hours, until I linked to it. I’m pretty sure that if I hadn’t linked to it, it would have remained.

Now go away, you pest.


204 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 12:23:43pm
Please note: now the discussion has turned to ways to shut LGF down, at Metatalk.

[Link: metatalk.metafilter.com…]


215 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 12:33:49pm
That’s right, not everything is about me. How could I have thought that putting my head on Eva Braun, then gloating over it at Metafilter, was about me?

I’m such a thin-skinned narcissist. You have taught me much, cedar.


304 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 7:47:08pm
And by the way, at this point, you’ve made my case, underlined it, signed it, sealed it, bought insurance, and shipped it FedEx. Thanks.


59 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 2:44:03pm
Note: See the update to the thread. They’re saying mean things about us over at “Screw Them” Zuniga’s hole again.


104 Charles Mon, Apr 12, 2004 7:35:16am
SAO (who is in Canada) takes a pause from bashing LGF at every other site in the blogosphere, to spew:

Nobody is comparing Charles himself to a Nazi, just a few “cherry-picked” comments.

Uh huh. That Eva Braun thing, why, that’s just a joke, right?


167 Charles Mon, Apr 12, 2004 9:36:17am
It’s a lie. There has never been a single post by me that uses the word “pancake” to refer to Rachel Corrie. Not one.


Yeah. Right.


Charles Johnson & Little Green Footballs pay tribute to the heros and the fallen of 9-11.

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Charles Johnson (Who Is Not A Racist) Disparages Mexican Cuisine and Presents a Tutorial on Asswiping

Yeah, right, Charles. How many times did you use the term “Oil Tick” to disparage all people of mideastern descent? Or are you crowing again about “Mr. Mossberg?”

The following comments were flushed down the LGF Memory Hole long ago, but here they are verbatim:

No ethnic racism there. None at all, and it appears that an un-named proctologist had to teach Charles Johnson the proper way to wipe his ass.

[2nd & 3rd screencaps via the BRC Archives and the Nil Stooge Comment Recreation Tool. Top screencap via @Jack.]


Charles Johnson on Senator John McCain (1936-2018)


04306354 27292 33 Charles Sat, Sep 29, 2007 7:17:43pm

re: #28 Lanaty

re: #17 MJ

“In the interview, the senator also said the “Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation.”
Sorry folks, but McCain is wrong. And, as a Jew, I certainly do notthink only a Christian should be President. It’s my country too. Now,it’s quite possible McCain was mis-quoted and that the article isbogus. I’d like to hear more.

If he really said that, he’s a fool. As an irreligious person, I don’t want religion in office, period.

This is far from the only reason to label McCain a “fool.”


08768418 37577 383 Charles Wed, Nov 17, 2010 1:27:54pm

The person I supported during the election was McCain, far more than Palin. I criticized Palin for her creationist views, while taking at face value her pledge that she wouldn’t try to push it into schools — with the caveat that she would just be vice president, and couldn’t do much harm anyway.

Not exactly full-throated support.

None of that has anything to do with her intelligence or lack thereof. The more I saw of her, the clearer and more obvious her dim-wittedness became.


08896678 38014 22 Charles Wed, Feb 2, 2011 1:37:30pm

re: #11 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

Or more likely, his official twitting aide posting his comments for him.

This. If you recall, during the campaign we found out that McCain is really lousy at this Intertubes thing.


Charles, McCain’s hands were crippled during his 5 year incarceration and torture by the North Vietnamese in the infamous Hanoi Hilton POW prison. He couldn’t type. He was lucky to be able to walk after that inhumane brutality.


08896693 38014 31 Charles Wed, Feb 2, 2011 1:44:29pm

re: #26 Kragar (Proud to be Kafir)

McCain’s Twitpic is the face of a man who has just farted and was able to successfully shift the blame to someone else.

The Holy Grail of Flatulence.


09045663 38494 303 Charles Mon, May 2, 2011 5:36:31pm

re: #285 recusancy

Do you regret voting for McCain/Palin?

I’ve already written that if I could go back and do it over, I’d vote for Obama. Totally mean that.