This is Part 1 of a multi-part monograph about a blog named Little Green Footballs and its founder Charles Foster Johnson. Although he will likely consider it a “hit-piece,” the intention is nothing of the sort. The purpose is merely to illustrate a microcosm of the blogosphere, the history and dynamics of a once-prominent blog and its founder, without judgment, prejudice, hyperbole, vitriol or snark. We’ve attempted to present an unbiased story based on factual evidence, citing sources when necessary.
Some of the following is by necessity purely anecdotal and/or speculative; however, objectivity is the goal. We don’t intend for this monograph to be a comprehensive summary of the history of Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs, as it spans more than a decade. There’s just too much to cover in detail, so we’ve chosen to illustrate specific events – a general timeline with commentary.
This documentary was compiled over a span of months (indeed some of the referenced work goes back years) with the majority written prior to the untimely demise of Andrew Breitbart. Those sections where he is mentioned have not been rewritten to reflect his passing.
So with that out of the way, let’s take a curious trip down memory lane. –Ed.
Part 1 – Overview
Part 2 – The Ascendance of Charles Johnson and LGF
Part 3 – The Bannings
Part 4 – The Flounces
Part 5 – The Turnaround
Part 6 – Current Events & The Future Of LGF
Bonus track: Revisiting Rathergate
“I’m not suggesting a conspiracy… And yet, in a very real way this isn’t a coincidence at all.” –Charles Johnson 12 January 2011.
Yep. Chuck actually said that in reference to an edited Wikipedia entry on the definition of the term “Blood Libel.” He posted that with the not-so-subtle insinuation that Sarah Palin Operatives modified the definition a day before she uttered the words in defense of media attacks attempting to link her and the Republican Party to the actions of deranged assassin Jared Loughner.
Now let’s look at something else that is definitely not a coincidence:
[Click on either image to enlarge. Polar graph statistics courtesy of The Boiler Room Engineers.]