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:

Killgore Rant Condensed

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


The 1979 Johnson vs. The 2019 Johnson

The Pages’ “Do I Believe In You” made No. 84 on Billboard’s Top 100 Singles list in 1979. Charles didn’t last long with that band either, and his levis look very uncomfortable. That might explain something.

The Little Green Footballs Wiki page has been edited from the last time I perused it, and now includes these links:

Allegations of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment

  • R. J. Smith, writing in Los Angeles Magazine, stated that LGF is a “dysfunctional mix of beautiful photos Johnson takes on coastal bike rides and constitutionally protected hate speech” which “believes all Muslims are terrorists until proven innocent.”[56]
  • Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) called Little Green Footballs “a vicious, anti-Muslim hate site” and says that the FBI has “investigated several threats of physical harm against Muslims posted by Little Green Footballs readers”.[3]
  • Columnist Antonia Zerbisias has described LGF as a “virulently anti-Muslim/Arab website”.[57]

“It’s like somebody got to him” —Andrew Breitbart

Any guesses on who knocked on Charles’ kitchen door at 3AM? Nah. Didn’t think so.


Tweets From Someone Who Is Definitely “not in a blog war with anyone”

From the Department of Never Before Posted Archives:


It’s been almost a year since we saw this:

Of course, the reason we do a lot of “screen-shotting” is because Charles has a tendency to make stuff disappear, perhaps more so than any other blogger on the web…

In any case, between then and now, we’ve seen the self-identified blog pacifist post endless threads taking unprovoked shots at Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Andrew Breitbart, Hot Air, and Gateway Pundit (just to name a few).  So, already we can see that CJ’s statement there is pretty ridiculous.

As far as we’re concerned, however, teh Johnson has had to be a lot stealthier when it comes to the warfare.  After all, he’s on record that he doesn’t visit our site. But for some reason, he knows an awful lot about what goes on.  Let’s see what kind of things he’s done in the past year on offence and defense, and in reaction to us.

Bogus “tweet counters”. When we spread the word that Johnson’s the numbers used in his “retweet” boasts had nothing to do with retweets, he held a private thread, sent desperate messages to bit.ly, and eventually posted this:

(It didn’t work, and the “tweet counter” remains busted to this day).


Last saved as a draft file by Chen Zhen on 8 January 2012 and it’s never seen the light of day.


IS CHARLES JOHNSON A RACIST?

These are Charles Johnsons’ posts verbatim from the BRC Archives without edits.


00045956 04165 7 Charles Thu, Sep 19, 2002 3:57:05pm

Dave D. wrote:

This “compensation” crap makes me wonder if these people haven’t been taking lessons from Jesse Jackson and the rest of our Slavery Reparations crowd.

Well, Jackson did visit recently. It would not surprise me if the subject came up.


00422475 08672 146 Charles Sat, Oct 25, 2003 7:43:57am

Ladies and gentlemen: Al Sharpton, the racist demagogue par excellence. He fits in beautifully.


00424820 08691 16 Charles Sun, Oct 26, 2003 3:42:44pm

Dennis Kucinich is insane.

Al Sharpton is worse. “In the Middle East, it’s not about terrorism.” Wow.

Wow.

Meltdown.

And Sharpton is getting a riotous ovation for these remarks.


00947559 12465 62 Charles Sun, Sep 5, 2004 7:22:21am

I posted this because I had a feeling the LGF hordes would criticize the ads. I agree — they’re not very good. Invoking Horton is probably a bad idea.

The connections of Al Sharpton to the Kerry campaign should be drawn out; Sharpton is a dangerous man, and represents the looniest wing of the Dems. But it would have to be done more artfully than this, to avoid as much as possible the inevitable cries of racism.


03508690 24166 2 Charles Sat, Jan 27, 2007 8:05:46am

Can anyone translate what Jesse Jackson is saying?


06175568 31824 794 Charles Wed, Nov 5, 2008 2:56:33pm

re: #779 shiek al beif salami

IMHO, racism as an accusation against the United States is dead, dead, dead. A few racists may live here, but the country isn’t racist. That issue died once and for all last night, and anyone who keeps it going is a racist by definition.

Sorry, I don’t agree the issue has died. Al Sharpton is already ramping up to push even harder on his favorite race-baiting issues, and that’s the direction things are headed.


07706406 34682 530 Charles Wed, Sep 16, 2009 5:34:33pm

re: #528 Cosmo

Just as I do not judge Catholics against the yardstick of John Kerry, nor Baptists and Pentecostals based on Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson, I sincerely hope that, although both Skousen and Beck were/are LDS, that those who frequent this site do not judge the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints solely on their commentaries and opinions.

Nothing I’ve seen here, including Charles’s inherent fairness, would lead me to believe otherwise.

Absolutely not – I don’t judge all Mormons by Cleon Skousen, any more than I judge all Southerners by Robert Stacy McCain.


07803120 34930 295 Charles Sat, Oct 17, 2009 9:42:18am

Al Sharpton is threatening to sue Rush Limbaugh over his WSJ article:

[Link: www.nydailynews.com…]


07909996 35243 44 Charles Mon, Nov 30, 2009 7:14:03pm

re: #32 hanoch

So you look at the Nancy Pelosis, Michael Moores, Al Frankens, Cindy Sheehans, Jimmy Carters and Al Sharptons of the world and you conclude that the left side of the political spectrum is where sanity and moderation exists? I can’t understand this.

As you’re a creationist, I wouldn’t expect you to agree.


08088597 35721 231 Charles Fri, Feb 5, 2010 3:18:38pm

Notice that American Renaissance can barely hide their contempt for Kevin Martin:

Kevin Martin was the next to speak. He opened by lamenting how difficult it is to be a Republican in the black community. He blamed most of the problems that blacks face on the fact that “self-appointed leaders” like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have conditioned blacks to believe in a culture of victimization that prevents them from ever taking responsibility for their own problems.

Nevertheless, Martin seemed to blame the media for most of the negative stereotypes about blacks. His speech was also full of the usual banalities, such as “we’re all members of one race: the human race,” etc. Nevertheless, Martin should be praised for rejecting the culture of victimhood that he described.

Their differences with Martin stem from the fact that they consider him to be genetically inferior to a white man. That’s why they sneer at his comment that the media are to blame for negative stereotypes — because to them, it’s Martin HIMSELF who is to blame, because that’s how black people are.

It’s a profoundly sick world view. This is why decent people shun the Jared Taylor crowd.


No, Charles. You’re not exempt from being called a racist. These days, nobody is,

YOU RACIST.


Charles Johnson & POTUS’ Pecker

No we don’t, Charles, but we do remember this:

Jump to Bottom, indeed. Coulda been your cork, yeah?


BTW, it’s been 30 days and @viciousbabushka is still suspended from Twitter. 😀


Charles Johnson’s Success Continues


In our last episode, Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs status was still plummeting into the abyss according the Alexa blog ranking service, and the decline declined even more between the time the decline was recorded and the post was posted. Pure awesome.

What the hell, let’s do it again!

And the trend continues.

So we plugged www.LittleGreenFootballs.com into WorthOfWeb to see what mountain of gold Johnson might be sitting on. The answer is: “it ain’t much.” Actually it’s even less.

On 09 February 2011, we screencapped this:

Now, 8-1/2 years later:

This inflation calculator says $45K in 2011 = $52K in 2019 dollars.

In other words, Charles Johnson’s once profitable website has lost about 63 percent in value since February 2011. Just think of what he could have earned had he cashed out before he went scooters.

WINNING!