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 »
We seem to be getting quite a bit of traffic from many sites around the globe from new visitors looking for proof of Charles Johnson’s dishonesty in his vicious and unwarranted attacks against Pamela Geller (Atlas Shrugs), Robert Spencer (Jihad Watch), Baron Bodissey & Dymphna (Gates of Vienna), Fjordman, and others.
In fact, Johnson’s vile accusations began even before the casualty count was known.
Johnson attempts to place blame on innocent bloggers for being mentioned in Anders Breivik’s “manifesto,” while completely dismissing the fact that Johnson himself was not only linked to but quoted – many times.
Click the links below to jump to the relevant threads previously posted on Diary of Daedalus.
[Updated: Fixed dead links.]
(originally posted by Bunk X)
While webmining this evening, and looking for something entirely unrelated, I found a post by Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch from 2008, where he defended himself from irrational “guilt by association” attacks by Charles Johnson:
This whole thing is absurd: Johnson has made it his business to ferret out those who secretly, according to him, support such things, but back on Planet Earth I have repeatedly, and unequivocally, gone on record many times decrying genocide, ethnic supremacism, white nationalism, fascism, Nazism, racism, and, yes, the Aryan Nations. Search this site and you’ll see.
Once one starts dealing with secret allegiances and associations based on a social networking site, you might as well say that I secretly support a military coup that will install Bozo the Clown, or his intellectual peer Charles Johnson, as President-for-Life of the United States. But there is more serious business to attend to.
Robert Spencer was an innocent blogger who was sandbagged by someone he once considered a friend, and was forced to publicly defend himself against pure libel. (SOUND FAMILIAR, PAM?)
Read the whole thing here.
(originally posted by Bunk X)