Something flew up Charles Johnson’s HooHah recently that got him to post a series of Tweets attacking the late Michael Crichton. Unfortunately, Mr. Crichton isn’t around to defend himself, so he’s an easy target for Mr. Hypocrisy.
Michael Crichton was a successful formulaic novelist who based his themes on research. Many of his novels had similar characters thrown into similar situations with similar challenges, yet they were entertaining. “Jurassic Park” may be his most famous work. My favorite was “Eaters of the Dead,” a retelling of Beowulf with the hypothesis that Grendel was not a dragon but a tribe of mountain Neanderthals carrying torches to drive out the invaders.
In “State of Fear” Crichton used his typical formula for a fast-paced novel, but the Appendices were where the meat was. He included graphs and links to data sites (including NASA) to show that Global Warming was little but promoted hysteria based upon false assumptions. Shortly after SoF was published, NASA took down the referenced links, and subsequent edited copies of the book deleted reference to them. Someone got pantsed.
Now back to Charles Johnson. Why is he suddenly bothering with a novel from ten years ago? He fights with a dead man, offers no evidence to contradict Crichton’s sources, and remains an ignorant blowhard. Charles, your a mess.
Update: Charles was indeed a fan of Michael Chrichton, as evidenced by his comment on 4 March 2007:
Charles Johnson Promotes Shinola Again: Planned Parenthood closing had nothing to do with HIV outbreak in rural Indiana in 2015.Posted: April 7, 2017
We’re gonna tear this one apart, Charles. You ready?
Let that sink in for a minute. According to Charles Johnson, defunding Planned Parenthood caused an outbreak in HIV infection in rural Indiana.
That photo was taken by Paul Sableman at 30 South 3rd Street in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana in 2011. Not exactly rural, but geography isn’t Johnson’s strong suit. This particular clinic operated with limited hours for several years, until Planned Parenthood decided to close that location. So what.
Here’s the problem.
The closing of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Terre Haute had nothing to do with an outbreak of HIV in Austin, Indiana, 130 miles and 2-1/2 hours drive time away. Austin is a small rural town of about 4,300 people and it has a drug problem. It’s closer to Louisville Kentucky and Cincinnati Ohio than it is to Terra Haute Indiana.
Apparently Planned Parenthood closed the clinic on South 3rd Street on or about July 2016 (prior to the presidential election) yet they still have local clinics elsewhere. A search of zipcode 47807 on their own website turns up 10 clinics in or near Terre Haute. A search of clinics in zipcode 47102 results in another 10 clinics in or near Austin, Indiana.
So the premise is false, and Charles Johnson is promoting an easily disputable lie.
The HIV outbreak happened in March 2015, affected about 190 people, and was due to needle sharing. The idiots were injecting a liquid version of Opana ER (oxymorphone) an opiate painkiller. In other words, an astounding 4% of the residents of Austin fucked themselves up by sharing HIV-infected needles. That’s not Planned Parenthood’s fault, the fault of the Religious Right or that of conservative politicians. It’s the fault of brain-dead white trash morons who did it to themselves.
BTW, Dillo Bush is the Mayor of Austin, Indiana, and he’s a Democrat, not that it matters…
Charles, you used to pride yourself with fact-checking before posting stupidity. What happened?
[Update: Appended post title; deleted the word “disengenuous” from the “related posts” description; promoted the link to the Indy Star article; added link to LGF page. –Briareus]
On 20 January, Inauguration Day, Charles Johnson was a busy guy, cranking out an average of one post per hour on his blobsite Little Green Footballs. (Click on any image below for the full-size globalosity. Bonus points if you can spot the post where Charles Johnson refers to a previous President as The Clenis. )
Johnson also provided brilliant insightful commentary throughout the day, earning well-deserved updings for these gems:
Johnson’s last post of the day was probably the best one because it confirms what we’ve always known: that he’s a two-faced chickenshit back-stabbing plagiarizing opportunist.
It was always about the money.
Charles, You’re a mess.
Suckin’ up again, eh, Mr. Electrolux? We ain’t buying it, and some of your Twitter fans aren’t either, for obvious reasons.
That Twitter thread screencap (cropped for brevity) had a lot of spinoffs and buried sidesnark, including this one:
It’s amusing to note how many folks still remember Charles Johnson.
A common online response is, “Wow. I’d forgotten about him. That asshole’s still around?” Yeah, Charles, you got cred. Even Oliver Willis wasn’t blind enough to buy your transparent and opportunistic line of crap.
Charles, you’re a two-faced disingenuous ignorant mess.
The Little Green Johnson provides no citation, no qualification, no link and no proof to support his accusation, and doesn’t define or identify the “far right fake news & conspiracy sites” straw man. All is a flea-infested blanket proclamation with no substance, yet Charles Johnson claims to be a journalist. Pheew.
There he goes again. No facts, no stats, nothing to back up his sebaceous allegations. One thing is certain:
Charles Johnson has a GAB.ai account but he’s too chickenshit to reveal it.
Charles, you’re a paranoid mess. Update your gravatar and post an instructional guitar video on YouTube: “Carnival of Venice” in D minor diminished, 5/4 time but with a reggae beat.
We dare you.
Charles Johnson Celebrates Twitter’s Takedown of “White Supremacist” Accounts, Posts Image of DemocratsPosted: November 16, 2016
I don’t follow white supremists like Charles Johnson does, so I can’t comment on the accuracy of his list. What I find ironic is the photo Johnson chose.
In 1951, photojournalist W. Eugene Smith was allowed into a Klan rally in South Carolina and that was one of his shots. In those days South Carolina was a One-Party State (with Jim Crow Laws) and everyone in that photo was a Democrat.
Johnson doesn’t understand the irony, and there’s no racism at Little Green Footballs either.
Hey, Charles. Your front porch needs sweeping.
No, we’re not making this up. Charles Johnson really thinks this is a scoop, so let’s run through it.
Then some wag took that image and photoshopped it for political commentary on how the media was treating Donald Trump:
It was posted at several locations in mid October and circulated around the internet. Then Sean Hannity reposted it with a new caption:
So what did Charles Johnson’s Flying Monkeys do? They capped the image, ran it through a Google Image Search and found nothing, then ran it through Tineye and struck gold.
Those are the oldest images Tineye’s webcrawler captured, dated 16 October 2016. Three days later, another site posted it:
- Some movie producers created a promo image with Keanu Reeves in the center of a theoretical firing squad;
- Some wag coopted it, added Donald Trump’s image with political commentary;
- Some people posted it on 4Chan, Reddit, Pictaram and other sites;
- Tineye crawled the sites and posted results on 16 October;
- An Alt-Right Blog reposted the image in a commentary on 19 October;
- Someone forwarded a version of the image to Sean Hannity;
- Hannity added commentary and Tweeted it on 25 October;
- On 27 October, Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs tracked it all down, reposted everything he objected to and then crowed about his dot connections.
So, according to Charles Johnson logic:
Tineye, Reddit, Pictaram, 4Chan & Little Green Footballs are all racist sites, and Keanu Reeves, Sean Hannity and Charles Johnson are all white supremacists. They are all connected to an illustration that was copied and pasted onto an Alt-Right blog post entitled “Why The Globalist Elite Should Drop Hillary And Support Trump.“
Charles, you’re a psychotic mess. Quid acervus stercore.