“All roads lead to Jazzy.” –Andrew Breitbart
As an addendum to our previous thread, with impeccable timing and acerbic wit Robert Stacy McCain took his current events report about professional internet litigation troll Bill Schmalfeldt, wound it around the ample backside of Charles Johnson, and then kicked The Magical Jazzy Ponytail right in the mudflaps.* Given the size of the target, it’s not that tough to do.
In September 2009, while I was covering the Tea Party rally in Washington, D.C., Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs (whose blog had once been fairly important among conservatives) decided to unload the SPLC/Signorile “white supremacist” on me, and I fought a two-week blog war to prove my point: Charles Johnson is a worthless damned fool. Everybody at that time recognized that CJ had gone off the deep end. He had started losing his grip in October 2007, when he began smearing Pamela Geller as a “neofascist,” and his slow descent into madness (ranting against “creationists” and “climate denialists”) had been watched with quiet chagrin by Charles’s former allies. Once he attacked me, however, Johnson’s defection to the Left suddenly became a matter of public knowledge, and actually got noticed by the New York Times.
The Little Green Meltdown was big news back in 2009. It had the incidental effect of creating a sort of residual echo for the Internet Legend of Robert Stacy McCain, White Supremacist. Because there are many friends who can vouch for my bona fides, this doesn’t really bother me — “Don’t Give a Damn About My Bad Reputation,” as Joan Jett said — and my indifference to this really seems to make some people crazy.
Yet there is a certain type of person who thinks, “A-ha! I’m an expert at this Internet Detective stuff, so I will prove what an awful racist this guy is! I will expose him for the Evil Right Wing Hater that we all know he must be! And then I will become the Most Famous of All Internet Detectives! People will love me!”
So they run off chasing that phantom and, when they fail, they become convinced that I’ve played some kind of dirty trick on them by evading their Internet Detective skills and they go nuts. This explains my tendency to attract crazy trolls and, speaking of which, Charles Johnson has created a Secret Blog Commenting System that will allow him and his dwindling mob of kooks to discuss their weird obsessions without fear that someone will screen-cap their insanity.
Here, I’ve got $20 that says this latest Wile E. Coyote Acme Rocket Skates™ genius plan will fail. What will happen, I predict, is that someone inside the Secret Blog Commenting System will say something that pisses off Charles Johnson, resulting in one of his periodic spasms of ban-the-dissenters fury. Screen-caps of the Secret Blog Commenting System discussion will then be published, with embarrassing consequences for Charles & Friends. Of course, this will be of interest only to those of us who remember who Charles Johnson was, back when he really mattered, which was many, many years ago.
Here’s the whole shebang, and it includes these gems:
Breitbart was right. “All roads lead to Jazzy.“
P.S. For those who are new to Diary of Daedalus or don’t remember, RSM spent some time with us on BlogMock Radio on 29 April 2012. What a hoot. Jump to 00:32:00 for the intro to
“The Little Green Footballs Power Hour.”
* Mr. McCain’s right boot was forever lost in, um, The Great Johnson Crevasse, and he needs a replacement. Hit his Tip Jar.
Earlier we noticed a disturbance in The Swamp. Seems that El Gusano had a problem with an LGF Page created by Jimmah/Ice Productions. Here’s the page in question:
That steaming pile of wit was filed under the LGF sub-heading “Humor,” and at least two other Lizards thought that it was clever enough to upding it. Here’s the “Full article” that Jimmah linked to: Read the rest of this entry »
This is Part 6 of a monograph about a blog named Little Green Footballs and its founder Charles Foster Johnson. Click the links below for related posts.
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
PART 6 – CURRENT EVENTS & THE FUTURE OF LGF
No one argues that Charles Johnson had no right to change his mind politically. He has every right to do so. Happens all the time. What doesn’t happen all the time is when a one-time top-notch political blogger decides to attack those who helped push him into the spotlight rather than just carry on with his own business.
There are plenty of people who became more conservative after the tragic events of 9/11, Johnson among them. But the people who made Johnson’s blog great – his “Lizard Army,” his “minions” as they called themselves – were owed better than the backstabbing and subsequent kangaroo court trials followed by a bum’s rush to the door.
Once a loyal lizard was booted for stepping on one too many invisible eggshells, the vanquished was demonized by those remaining behind, and that’s what got people pissed off, both left and right, about Charles Johnson. He couldn’t be trusted. He exposed himself, not by his words, but by his actions. Johnson is nothing more than an opportunist with no loyalty to anyone but himself.
In retrospect, Johnson might have handled it better. He might have explained his progressive epiphany or allowed dissent on LGF, but he didn’t. There was no transition period, and without warning it was Johnson’s way or the highway. Over 16,000 people either picked the highway  or had the decision made for them.  Now Johnson presides over what is essentially an online cult. Johnson asserts that he doesn’t ban anyone for disagreeing with him or for questioning him, which is an out and out falsehood, and there are over 16K who know it.
The Little Green Footballs of today bears no resemblance to the Little Green Footballs of old. Today, Johnson and his blog are objects of ridicule, and the once insightful topic threads are merely echo chambers for his rants du jour. He makes feeble attempts to recapture national prominence by hawking outlandish claims against national conservative figures – a provocative Rush Limbaugh thread here, a Glenn Beck smear thread there, a snark against the GOP and Mitt Romney, hoping that someone will mention him. So far none have taken the bait, and none have done so because Johnson hasn’t come up with any original material.
That includes his one claim to fame: Rathergate. Believe it or not, Charles Johnson stole and took credit for that one, too.
Dude caught it. Way to go Gus 802! 24 UPDINGS! You spotted racism and reported it. Nevermind that Elizabeth Warren lied and claimed to be 1/32 “Native American” to take advantage of racist Affirmative Action programs for her own financial benefit at the expense of others more deserving. You nailed it.
Kudos also to pragmatic liberal movie lover, Arsenal and Redskins fan, Anglo-Americophile “Danielle Blake” for being honest in her dumbass hypocrisy.
[Personal to Gus 802– We know you’re pissed about getting left out of The Series, but you just don’t rank. We’ve got spare extension cords and AA batteries if you need them.]
Last month during Walter’s infamous Email Dump a lot of lizards got jumpy and nervous, and a comment caught our eye. It reasserts what many of us have suspected and speculated upon for a long time.
Is that proof of a backstabbing cabal on the Little Putting Green of the Blogosphere? No, it’s just hearsay, at least so far. The person who wrote the comment declined to divulge his source in order to protect the privacy of that source, who is apparently a lizard in good standing. We respect that.
The lizards claim they don’t read here, but it sure seems like they do, because a few days later we noticed this:
We don’t care because we like proof. Meanwhile, we received some unrelated Twitter messages today from a lizard, meant for another lizard, that was sent to us by accident. Shit happens, and we won’t divulge that lizard’s nic either.
[somewhat NSFW audio]
Just in case the vid goes Johnson, we preserved the important part.
[Update: They don’t read here, but we back up vids, too. Here it is.]
Jimmah and asswhistle don’t undermine other lizards, huh.
Bonus: Note the single comment below the vid:
“LOL. What did he do now?”
Neddhartha is none other than Cato The Elder (who summoned his own banning months before by refusing to hit the Tip Jar). He also left this chewy little morsel for Charles on the Little Green Footballs Kindle subscription page:
[h/t Bagua & BRC Engineer No. 6]
Once in a while, Charles Johnson has an intelligent thought . He asks a very good question. Unfortunately, the fact he has to ask this question shows he’s not in reality.
Charles the reason you’re disliked is because you are a smear merchant. You are a proven liar and a 2 face snake. It’s not even hatred directed at you, it’s mockery. You dish out nothing but hate every day and expect no reaction? The shut in Cult Leader really is blinded to reality.
Since political analysis isn’t Charles Johnson’s strong suite, maybe it’s time for a new genre. Comedy seems to be the path The Californian conspiracy theorist has decided on. Every comment is approved by Charles. The following comment clearly has the house’s blessing.
This really is a lame joke. Comedy might not be LGF’s forte either.