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 The Anniversary Of Killgore’s Midnight Run

Four years ago today, Little Green Footballs operative Killgore Trout began posting racist comments at Hot Air in order to discredit and dismiss Ed Morrissey, Allah Pundit and other contributors and commenters as right-wing racists. Posting from the west coast, Killgore Trout decided to spew his garbage in the early morning hours of 18 September 2009 while the blog owners were asleep, in order to PROVE that a right-wing blog that Charles Johnson didn’t approve of promoted racism.

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This is the Liberal Mind in action. Little Green Footballs’ Killgore Trout had to lie to promote a fallacy.

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Not a single commenter on that Hot Air thread echoed Killgore’s racism (in fact they dismissed it immediately) yet Charles Johnson supported his loyal minion with the argument “Yes, he was wrong to pull a Moby, but he was right to do so.” Johnson was embarrassed enough that he had to write a script to defend himself and attack Patterico on 15 April 2012, over three years later.

There’s also a little known tenet called the 9th Commandment that applies to all Judeo-Christian religions. Charles Johnson and Killgore Trout both ignore that one even though it’s embedded in US Law. It’s something along the lines of  “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness.”

Bonus: Courtesy of LGF Lizards Jimmah & Asswhistle Productions, there’s this classic vid:

Related Posts:

Obergruppenkommander Charles Speaks: Hot Air Racist, Fascist; Must Be Purged
via Ace of Spades

http://www.theblogmocracy.com/2011/09/18/the-2-year-anniversary-of-killgore-troutes-n-word-stunt-at-hotair/

https://thediaryofdaedalus.com/2012/09/27/the-ruse-and-fail-of-little-green-footballs-part-v-the-turnaround/ [Scroll down to “The Midnight Raid of Killgore Trout.”]

https://thediaryofdaedalus.com/2012/11/19/tell-me-again-that-lgf-doesnt-plant-racist-comments/

https://thediaryofdaedalus.com/2011/01/05/dodleaks-killgore-trouts-hot-air-experiment/

https://thediaryofdaedalus.com/2012/02/17/they-aint-no-backstabbin-in-the-swamp/

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The Ruse And Fail Of Little Green Footballs Part V – The Turnaround

This is Part 5 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.
Prologue
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 5 – THE LIBERAL TURNAROUND

Up until the election of Barrack Obama in 2008, LGF could still be seen as essentially a conservative blog. Indeed, in blog awards voting, LGF was consistently listed as “conservative” and Johnson voiced no qualms about the distinction.

But a change was in the wind, and in 2008 Johnson became obsessed with religion and “creationism” in particular. At the same time, his posts took a decidedly “anti-Christian” tone. The same fervor with which Johnson once exposed Islamofascism around the globe, he became intent on uncovering the evil ensconced in the Christian belief that God created the heavens and earth, while ignoring the fact that other major religions held similar belief systems.

Johnson ran regular threads about lawmakers wanting to teach creationism in classrooms, with the theme that if this view prevailed and Intelligent Design and/or creationism was even discussed in schoolrooms, the Republic was doomed. While many at LGF agreed with Johnson that creationism or even intelligent design should not be taught in the schools, many were not ready to abandon their own religions and follow the tenets of Darwin. Of the religious frequenters to LGF, most realized that creationism and evolution were not necessarily contradictory.

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Charles complains about Comments at Hot Air

For being an owner of a blog that spews hate and bigotry on a daily basis, Charles Johnson is no one to throw stones at other blogs. In his latest “poor me” rant, he complains about comments at Hot Air about him.

Poor Chuck, they are being mean to you. Charles can dish it out, but he can’t take it.


DoDleaks: Killgore Trout’s Hot Air “Experiment”

I was digging through some of the file folders on my VAIO, and came across a couple of interesting pdfs that I had totally forgotten about.  Since the subject comes up every so often, I figured that it might be a good idea to publish Killgore’s middle-of-the-night stunt, in its entirety:

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(I apologise that I don’t recall who passed these along to me, so if any of you remember, please comment so I can update the thread and give credit where it is due.)

Eat your heart out, Assange!

Update: There is some speculation that Killgore may have been drunk or otherwise intoxicated when this event occurred, and with the belligerency of the posts and the late hour I suppose that fits.  I’ll just add some other evidence that this wasn’t a calculated “experiment”, and there may have been a comment in that Hot Air thread that set KT off on the rampage: