On the Anniversary of Charles Johnson’s Foray Into Astroturfing: Killgore’s Midnight Run

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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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The Anniversary of Killgore Trout’s Midnight Run To Smear HotAir With Racism On Behalf of Charles F. Johnson

It Was On 18 September
A Night We’ll Always Remember.

Six 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:

Killgore Rant Condensed

“Little Green Footballs. It’s only me.” – Charles F. Johnson.

You can read the full racist rant here, as well as a write-up on Killgore Trout’s Midnight Run in here. Meanwhile, there’s this:

ODE TO LITTLE GREEN ASTROTURFOOTBALLS

Listen, my children: I’ll tell you about
The Midnight Raid of Killgore Trout.

On Eighteen September, Two Thousand and Nine,
“HotAir” got a troll who was way out of line.
He wrote that he thought that their morals were lacking,
And posted rude words (while the Owners were napping).

He wrote on the blog, with a great deal of sarc,
“Here’s an “n” word or twenty; it’s just for a lark;
And if you don’t find that obnoxious and funky,
I’ll throw in the name of a famous space monkey.”

And Charles approved of that lame Racist Rant,
And grinned at the work of his best sycophant.
“You shouldn’t have done it, but I’m glad you did;
Expose all those racists!  You blew off the lid!”

His Raid is now legend, and like it or not,
It’s been well-recorded, and won’t be forgot.
Good, bad, or indifferent, he has no denial;
As Trout will admit, with a wry, sheepish smile.

[H/T swamprat June 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm]

Related posts documenting Charles Johnson’s Astroturfing.

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THE 2014 LITTLE GREEN FOOTBALLS AWARDS

A Hearty Welcome to all BlogMockers, Stalkers, TwitterWarriors, Chuckleophiles, Current & Former Lizards and Esteemed Fellows of The Diary of Daedalus! Grab a brew and a big bowl of Cheetos’ cause it’s time for

The Annual LGF Awards!

Pickin’s were slim for Stupor Bowl 2014. Charles Johnson’s website Little Green Footballs has become a homogenous mix of like-minded vaporbrains, answering the right questions with the wrong answers while patting their fuzzy pockmarked behinds with congratulatory updings. This year’s Award Nominees and Poll Results turned up some surprises, so without further adieu, here are the recipients of The 2014 LGF Awards.

THE BUZZSAW

Previous winners of The Buzzsaw Award for intrepid flounce-worthy snarkage were:
2013 – Killgore Trout
2012 – Rightwing_2 aka MF Horn
2011 – No Awards. Fire in the Boiler Room
2010 – Cato “Do It Now” The Elder

2014 Buzzsaw Award

The 2014 Buzzsaw Award is hereby presented to Killgore Trout.

Killgore Trout (Recipient of the 2013 Buzzsaw Award) received a whopping 52% of the vote this time around. He’s best known for his dishonest astroturfing of right wing websites in order to gain favor with Charles Johnson, and it worked for a while. Killgore lost his crown due to LGF hive attacks (orchestrated by Iceweasel & Jimmah), his penchant for non-conformity and general contrarian positions on LGF, and especially for his unwavering support for the State of Israel.

Congrats, Killgore!

THE IRISH ROSE

Previous winners of The Irish Rose Award for salivating suckage:
2013 – Gus_802
2012 – Dark Falcon
2011 – No Awards. Fire in the Boiler Room
2010 – Dark Falcon

2014 Irish Rose Award

The 2014 Irish Rose Award is hereby presented to Stabby

The Irish Rose is not one that most recipients cherish. It acknowledges drooling unrequited love and adulation of Charles Foster Johnson and is reserved for those sycophantic little lizard lappers who remain in good standing at Little Green Footballs by stroking the Big Green Donkey Charles. Many assumed that El Gusano would win again this year, but it wasn’t in the cards for the Argentinian anti-American pro-jihad Johnson-catching Jew hater.

To his credit, Stabby had the cojones (unlike other LGF patrons like Gus_802 or Dark Falcon) to venture past the confines of The Swamp and opine at Diary of Daedalus, and therefore deserves the Award. (We’ve hosed off and disinfected Gus’ stained and encrusted throne, so shut up and have a seat.)

Congrats, Stabby!

THE JOHNSON

No one ever doubts who’s going to win The Johnson Award because there are so few 60+ year old guitarist bloggers with magical jazzy ponytails who qualify.

JOHNSON AWARDThe Johnson Award is hereby awarded to Charles Johnson.

Here’s the vote breakdown. G’head. Click it, Charles.

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Congrats, Fuckface.

THE MILYO

2013 – Robert Stacy McCain
2012 – Andrew Breitbart (awarded posthumously)

Of all the LGF Awards, this one is perhaps the most auspicious (Charles pronounces the word “ouse-picky-use”) because it involves those who smack down The Corpulent Blogger with intelligence, logic, clever wit and humor.

Nick  Searcy [@YesNickSearcy] won with 32% of the vote for his concise and effortless Twitter smackdowns of Charles [@Green_Footballs] Johnson’s kikmidog-style of ankle biting, and  demonstrated the heart, soul, snark and wit required of all recipients of This Award. Therefore

MILYO AWARDThe 2014 Milyo is hereby awarded to

Nick Searcy

Without disparaging Mr. Searcy’s entertaining and invaluable contributions, he never endured the vile barrage that Charles Johnson and his Little Green Flying Monkeys unleashed on Mandy [@Liberty_Chick] Nagy. While coping with Lupus Disease, Mandy suffered a massive stroke last fall, leaving her seriously crippled, both physically and mentally, and Charles Foster Johnson sent NO condolences.

Honorable Mention: Mandy Nagy

No #brasnapping

The New Pzm

Kudos to all who participated in This Poll, and thanks also to The Corpulent One, whose hyperbolic bloviation and juvenile attention-whoring idiocy has provided us so much inane entertainment over the years.

Charles, PLEASE keep up the stupid. Were it not for your massive ego, your unjustified backstabbing of benefactors and supporters, and your dearth of coherent logic, we wouldn’t be sitting behind you at the Matinee kicking your chair, spitting Milk Duds down your shirt collar and betting on how many wet jujubes your magical jazzy ponytail can hold before they start dropping into your plumber’s crack. Thank you, Charles.

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Purity of Essence, Mandrake

This is an update to a post I wrote a couple of years ago about the echo chamber that LGF has become.

echo chamber:

A community in which members find their own opinions constantly echoed back to them, reinforcing their individual belief systems and creating an insular communication space that is of no interest to outsiders and which rejects their input.

Charles’ insipid rating system played a key role in LGF’s ruin, and now it’s the tie that binds the hive-mind. As the chart below shows, 87% of all comments made 2014, no matter how banal, were met with congratulatory twinkles. Of course, when a heretic appears, they still pounce on it with a passive aggressive fury. But the chart also shows, as Purity of Thought has increased, fewer posts are earning downtwinkles (only 0.4% in 2014).

For every 1000 comments at LGF, 869 are praised, 4 are frowned upon.

That is an echo chamber.

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Bonus Statistic

  • If the contributions of just 3 commenters are removed from the data, the mutual admiration rate climbs to 89%, and the downtwinkle rate falls to 0.2%
  • Who are these misfits?
    • Killgore Trout – 1st place *by far* in downdinged posts, 2nd in 0 karma posts
    • Dark_Falcon – 2nd place in downdinged posts, 1st in 0 karma posts
    • NJDhockeyfan or sattv4u2 – roughly tied for 3rd in both, waaaaay behind KT and Dork

Most Downdinged Post of 2014 – regarding the Wendy Davis wheelchair ad:

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Most Updinged Post of 2014 – an incoherent non-response to Dork’s post:

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Open Letter to Killgore Trout

Killgore–

You’ve provided much fodder and entertainment for this blog considering that you’re one of the last contrarians at Little Green Footballs, someone who spoke his mind, tolerated the inane downding system and suffered the unnecessary verbal abuse typical of that website.

Many former loyal supporters of Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs have passed through this half-way house to bigger and better things: Cato the Elder, Albusteve, Walter, and even *ahem* Barrett Brown.

Truth is, for as loyal as you were to Charles and LGF, he and others back-stabbed you in front of the world. Here’s your chance to let loose, to vent, to tell The Diary of Daedalus to fk-off and leave Charles Johnson alone, or just to say “Hi” and chill.

Killgore, write it up. Give it a shot, speak your mind, and we’ll post it here unedited, verbatim, and with no commentary added. We’re honest, while you eventually found out that Charles Johnson and his flying monkeys are not. Send it via a throw-away email account (you’ll need to prove your authenticity – how to do it is up to you) and leave a comment at:

https://thediaryofdaedalus.com/contact-the-cast/

Meanwhile, your backstabbing buddies at Little Green Footballs are scratching their furry little heads trying to figure it out, even though most of them participated in your smackdowns:

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Killgore, give us a holler. At least this blog won’t ban you for your opinions,  won’t post your personal information, and if you want to stick around, fine. If not, no sweat. We have fun here, believe it or not, and nobody cares about the Opie & Anthony Show.

Beers are in the fridge.


On 18 September 2009 Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs Thread-Bombed Hot Air To Expose Racism By Planting Racism.

It’s been 5 years since Charles Johnson’s inebriated operative Killgore Trout blasted full bore into the internest with his  infamous Midnight Run / astroturf / thread bomb heard ’round the blogosphere.  Killgore Trout’s point was to illustrate that the owners of Hot Air don’t moderate comments while asleep, and therefore the moderators are Racists. Charles defended Killgore Trout’s blatant dishonesty and protected his racism, including the following comment:

“I hate niggers and space monkeys.”

No one on Hot Air that night agreed with Killgore’s racist comments, and when Charles Johnson found out about it the following day, he played his classic “Yes But” card. He didn’t approve, yet he did. Charles declared that Hot Air is racist because Killgore’s racist comments weren’t deleted within an arbitrary  time-span dictated by Charles Johnson on a blog he didn’t own and doesn’t control.

Pure straw man argument.

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“I am Little Green Footballs – It’s only me” -Charles Foster Johnson, Racist.

P.S. Here’s last year’s tribute.

P.S.S. Bonus Track produced by LGF:

Tweet Away, me hearties. Tweet Away, and make sure that @rsmccain and  @AoSHQ get some of this Culver City Cake, too.


Killgore’s Choice

Killgore Trout was once Charles Johnson’s enforcer at LGF. He was responsible for getting many commentators banned and supported LGF’s shift to the Left. In recent times, Killgore realized how Far Left LGF had become. He played contrarian and took on Charles on multiple occasions. Now the break between Charles and Killgore has come out in the open.

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Killgore Trout is just the latest person Charles has backstabbed. He was once a loyal lieutenant who would have slit his wrists for Charles. Now he is just another person the 61 year old Hipster has thrown under the bus.

[ICYMI- Killgore’s Midnight Run.]