This is Part 2 of a monograph about a blog named Little Green Footballs and its founder Charles Foster Johnson. Click the links below for related posts. They will be updated as the series continues.
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 2- THE ASCENDANCE OF CHARLES JOHNSON AND LITTLE GREEN FOOTBALLS
Thread Topics, National Recognition and Commenting
It cannot be disputed that Charles Johnson was once noted for exposing radical Islam in stories that were not broadcast or found on what is termed the “mainstream media.” Johnson found interesting and newsworthy stories that went under-reported or ignored by the MSM and opened them up for discussion. He was celebrated for exposing rampant anti-Semitism found on Arabic television, especially in children’s programming. He documented efforts by the United States and others to eradicate terrorism, both politically and militarily, often sporting headlines such as “Got Two in Gaza!” or “Got Four in Lebanon!” referring to the number of enemy combatants killed.
More to the point, Little Green Footballs was interesting to read simply as an observer. His blog members at the time included well-educated, well-read individuals from all walks of life – physicians, attorneys, editors, engineers, meteorologists, teachers and other professionals, with first hand knowledge of the various topics presented for discussion. Review the comments section of any thread prior to 2009 dealing with world and domestic affairs and you will find a treasure trove of links, research, first-hand experience and commentary that rivaled anything offered by the alphabet networks and cable news.
Johnson was propelled to national attention and prominence as a central figure in the scandal known as “Rathergate,” the fraud promoted by Dan Rather and CBS. Rather and CBS proffered forged Texas Air National Guard memoranda less than two months prior to the 2004 Presidential Election, in an effort to discredit President George W. Bush. Read the rest of this entry »
Charles has defended Dan Rather and attempt to distance himself his role and Rathergate. Now he goes one step further. The Sage of Culver City now says Rightwing bloggers have less credibility than Dan Rather.
So Charles now claims that Dan Rather didn’t deliberately lie. I guess the phrase: “fake but accurate”, doesn’t mean anything to Chuck. If it did, he would not post lies on a daily basis.
Update (ChenZhen): Like every other view from the planet CJ 2004, this one has warped as well.:
Soo…whaddya know? O’Reilly’s opinion at the time pretty much echoes what Johnson is saying today. It’s worth noting that CJ railed on O’Reilly for YEARS for this (note the timestamps):
4056861 26469 9 Charles Mon, Jul 30, 2007 5:57:01pm
O’Reilly also stood up for Dan Rather, remember. This is far from the first time he’s been on the wrong side.
4056885 26469 24 Charles Mon, Jul 30, 2007 6:01:22pm
6013050 31526 215 Charles Thu, Oct 9, 2008 5:49:58pm
For reference: O’Reilly: Dan Rather was ‘Slimed’.
6240300 31931 18 Charles Mon, Nov 17, 2008 9:30:47am
Note that Bill O’Reilly defended Dan Rather:
6342418 32121 514 Charles Mon, Dec 8, 2008 5:37:33pm
And for the record, Bill O’Reilly defended Dan Rather in the memogate scandal too.
7621429 34541 65 Charles Thu, Aug 27, 2009 10:49:32am
Speaking of Bill O’Reilly, please note that he came out on Dan Rather’s side during the scandal.
7714192 34699 551 Charles Fri, Sep 18, 2009 5:16:17pm
re: #543 unrealizedviewpoint
O’Reilly is hot shit. Don’t allow envy to distort perception.
O’Reilly is a disgusting creep who stuck up for Dan Rather during Rathergate, and bears some responsibility for creating the atmosphere that resulted in the murder of Dr. George Tiller — he repeated “Tiller the babykiller” dozens of times on his show, compared him to Nazis, said he was running a death factory, etc.
He demonized the man to a degree that was completely despicable, then played dumb when people called him on it and claimed he’d never done it.
O’Reilly is scum.
7714240 34699 595 Charles Fri, Sep 18, 2009 5:27:51pm
re: #586 unrealizedviewpoint
Correct me if I’m wrong. I recall O’Reilly interviewing you following Rathergate. It was later, much later that O’Reilly sided with Rather, and that was siding with him as a newsman.
No, O’Reilly did not interview me, and he came out in favor of Dan Rather shortly after the whole mess came out.
I think the tired little hamster running the wheel of The World’s Greatest Blog Search Engine™ just squeaked something at me…
What is it little buddy???
Charles Foster “Icarus” Johnson has defended Dan Rather and CBS News. He claims NOW that they believed the documents were real. Chuck contradicts this in an interview with Alan Colmes in December of 2009.
Listen to what The sage of Culver City say about Rathergate at 1;35 into the clip.
Charles can run, but he can’t hide from his own words.
(Hat Tip: Hera)
The Sage of Culver City was Jazz Guitarist, Programmer, Blogger, Online Cult Leader, Political Analysis, Philosopher and now a Doctor!
He was just defending him a few comments before? Charles really can’t keep his story straight. Now he’s calling him mentally not well. Chuck is really is a jerk of all trades master of none.
The Left never embraced Charles because he continued to support Israel, even if half assed. Another reason they didn’t accept Chuck was that he never regretted his role in Memogate. Considered a laughing-stock by the Right and a dishonest nut job by the Left, he has been ostracized. The Sage of Culver City clearly wants Progressives to embrace him. He has been allowing more Anti-Israel comments on his blog, but that hasn’t been enough to win the left’s love.
Now in the last 2 days, The new age Renaissance Philospher King has downplayed his role in Memogate. He claims he never wanted to go after Dan Rather. Clearly this is a lie since he used to brag about his role in this affair as a feather in his cap. Now he goes beyond downplaying his role in Memogate. Charles Johnson comes out and defends Dan Rather!
So Dan Rather didn’t think they were false? Does the phrase: “fake but accurate,” ring a bell Chuck? Clearly Charles Johnson is trying to redeem himself after participating in the downfall of Dan Rather who was a leftist icon. The problem is, Chuck, no matter how much you deny it, you assisted in Rather’s down fall.
The Sage of Culver City can lie, but he can’t hide from his record!
Update: The Sage of Culver City digs deeper. He claims what he wrote about Mary Mapes was taken out of context!
Charles, you are liar and you keep digging. You are parsing words and clearly you are claiming that Mary Maples knew the memo was a lie. The sage of Culver City is a denier of his own past.
UPDATE from King Minos…
For everyone’s information, this is the one thousandth post. Good work, everyone! Oh, and thanks for playing!
UPDATE from King Minos…
Hey Chuckie, remember this?
Charles Johnson’s animated GIF image comparing what CBS claimed to be a 1973-era typewritten memo with a 2004-era Microsoft Word document made with default settings…
Tim Blair has a post where he linked to us here at the Diary of Daedalus. He was astonished at how Charles is now distancing himself from his role in Memogate. This angered Charles and as always he launched a smear attack on Tim Blair.
Chuck goes on to trash Tim and even uses vile language.
Wow, never mind that Tim Blair is a male. Charles uses a derogatory term for females. This coming from a man who claims to stand up for women’s rights. In reality he is a chauvinist slime ball who had to pretend he had a fiance. Clearly Tim his a nerve with the Jazz Man.
If you think that was bad, take a look at this comment.
Wow, Charles now claims he never wanted to take down Dan Rather. What a liar! As anyone who recalls that era, he was proud of taking down Rather. It was his feather in his cap. Now the Culver City Sage is distancing himself from the incident that won him his fame.
Charles shuts down his archives and is now downplaying his role in Memogate. Chuck is a man without honor and low life liar.
The greatest philosopher since Plato, the Sage of Culver City comments on the about Fox News executive Bill Sammon’s comments. Sammon recently said he didn’t think Obama was a Socialist but didn’t prevent others on FOX News from saying that. This story is a nontroversy since he can’t control what others say. Charles tries to make an issue out of this and then apologizes for believing that about Obama in 2008.
So the Jazz Man admits to being easily manipulated by Conservatives. Has it occurred to him he might being manipulate now? Clearly he has no original thought and is just a propagandist.
One of hs commentators then points out that Leftist new outlets push an agenda and used Memomgate as an example.
Memogate was Chuck’s crowning glory. That was the story that put LGF on that map and made him a player. As we have seen, he has turned his back on his once Conservative past. Chuck however was always proud of Memogate. That is until now!
So now CBS News didn’t know the memos were false. Does the phrase: “fake but accurate” ring a bell? Clearly Charles is now distancing himself from his taking down of Dan Rather. At the time, everyone knew CBS was doing a hit piece on Bush. Charles was one fo the heroes who stopped this smear. Now he is disavowing his role to smear the right and defend the left.
Charles Johnson, you are the new Dan Rather. Your whole Blog is fake but accurate. The Sage of Culver City is a linker and not a thinker!