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:

Killgore Rant Condensed

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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Tweets From Someone Who Is Definitely “not in a blog war with anyone”

From the Department of Never Before Posted Archives:


It’s been almost a year since we saw this:

Of course, the reason we do a lot of “screen-shotting” is because Charles has a tendency to make stuff disappear, perhaps more so than any other blogger on the web…

In any case, between then and now, we’ve seen the self-identified blog pacifist post endless threads taking unprovoked shots at Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Andrew Breitbart, Hot Air, and Gateway Pundit (just to name a few).  So, already we can see that CJ’s statement there is pretty ridiculous.

As far as we’re concerned, however, teh Johnson has had to be a lot stealthier when it comes to the warfare.  After all, he’s on record that he doesn’t visit our site. But for some reason, he knows an awful lot about what goes on.  Let’s see what kind of things he’s done in the past year on offence and defense, and in reaction to us.

Bogus “tweet counters”. When we spread the word that Johnson’s the numbers used in his “retweet” boasts had nothing to do with retweets, he held a private thread, sent desperate messages to bit.ly, and eventually posted this:

(It didn’t work, and the “tweet counter” remains busted to this day).


Last saved as a draft file by Chen Zhen on 8 January 2012 and it’s never seen the light of day.


Charles Johnson’s Success Continues


In our last episode, Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs status was still plummeting into the abyss according the Alexa blog ranking service, and the decline declined even more between the time the decline was recorded and the post was posted. Pure awesome.

What the hell, let’s do it again!

And the trend continues.

So we plugged www.LittleGreenFootballs.com into WorthOfWeb to see what mountain of gold Johnson might be sitting on. The answer is: “it ain’t much.” Actually it’s even less.

On 09 February 2011, we screencapped this:

Now, 8-1/2 years later:

This inflation calculator says $45K in 2011 = $52K in 2019 dollars.

In other words, Charles Johnson’s once profitable website has lost about 63 percent in value since February 2011. Just think of what he could have earned had he cashed out before he went scooters.

WINNING!


Has Little Green Footballs’ Traffic Bottomed Out? (I dunno, Babs, but I do know this.)

Last time we checked (19 May 2019) Little Green Footballs was in adjustment mode after an inexplicable spike followed by a sharp decline in traffic. The Alexa graph seems to suggest that Charles’ drop in popularity has subsided somewhat, and now he’s gliding (instead of plummeting) downhill. Little Green Footblobs is at the lowest ranking since July 2018, and for comparison, LGF was within the 80,000 range in July 2014:


“Gee, Barry! Howdja screw that up?!”


BTW, longtime LGF Lizard-Lapper Alouette aka @ViciousBabushka is on Day 16 in #TwitterGulag. If anyone has a screen cap of her offending Tweet, please forward it. Inquiring minds want to know.


UPDATE! WITHIN JUST HOURS OF THIS POSTING, ALEXA UPDATED THE LGF RANKING! HERE ARE THE CURRENT STATS:


Breaking News: Long Time Lizard-Lapper Vicious Babushka (aka Alouette) Suspended From Twitter

Charles Johnson wants Twitter to censor the President of the United States.

Here’s the copy:

Comment 9 in the thread:

If you click on the embedded links in that comment, or look for @viciousbabushka on Twitter, you get this:

What she posted that sent her to #Twittergulag is unknown.

Meanwhile, another long-time lizard-lapper, @teleskiguy, confirmed the suspension, called @Jack and @twittersupport  assholes.


BONUS: Vicious Babushka (aka Alouette) created and posted these gems on Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs, and nobody on that blog saw anything offensive.

 


From the BRC Archives: Charles Johnson, Easter 2004

LGF – EASTER 2004


60 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 6:41:16am
scaramouche: shh. Don’t want to wake up the Mudheads with any factual data; it might hurt their feelings.


73 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 7:00:09am
Mike: you have stung me to the quick.

Guess you missed the numerous statements from the owner of that site saying it was exactly what he wanted, and that he was delighted with it?

Thank you for the comment, though. Every time you folks reveal yourselves as the low, crass, hate-filled slogan spouters you are, I laugh. But just a little; then I get back to work.

Happy Easter!


85 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 7:13:34am
It’s on the front page, cedar.

102 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 7:44:17am
cedar: got it. So, in other words, a front page post that contains a vile picture (unflattering, too) of me as Eva Braun is fine with you?

Thanks for clarifying.



113 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 8:09:05am
cedar wrote:

No, it’s not. However, I don’t recall seeing a picture of you at all on MetaFilter. Did I miss something?

Nice dodge. Thanks for playing.


169 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 10:45:48am
Folks, we’re talking about two different things. The actual picture was not visible on the Mudfilter page.

There was, however, a link to the picture. That’s what cedar and johnny dee think is just fine. According to these guys, there’s a huge difference between posting the actual picture, and posting a link telling people to go look at the picture. Apparently, when someone posts a link to a crude photoshop that puts my head on Eva Braun’s body at Metafilter, I’m supposed to have humility and acknowledge that I’m not always right.

It’s a matter of nuance, you see. When executing a personal smear job, it’s good to do it in as nuanced a way as possible.


176 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 11:09:10am
One is left to wonder how long that personal attack would have remained on Metafilter’s front page if I hadn’t linked to it.

Getting caught does wonders for some people’s scruples.


180 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 11:24:31am
Folks, what we have here is a typical case of lefty role reversal. To divert attention away from the fact that a link to a really nasty personal attack was left on Mudfilter’s front page for several hours — on Easter morning, mind you — it’s now become a matter of the “group think” at LGF. We’re all supposed to be ashamed and I’m supposed to be humble. And even pointing it out is called a bad thing.

Just observe the tactics at work.


182 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 11:32:07am
OK, folks — I don’t know for sure — I never saw the picture at Mudfilter. So I don’t know either way, at least from my personal experience.

But be aware — this is not the issue. This is an attempt by Mudfilter groupies to turn the argument around and deflect the blame.


197 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 12:12:15pm
cedar: you’re really starting to show your jerk badge.

The “Nuke Mecca crowd,” as you put it, does not appear on the front page.

“A dumb post.” I’m trying to remain level-headed here. But someday I’d like to see how you react if you wake up on a nice Easter morning and find the Mudfilter slimeballs chuckling and patting each other on the back at how clever they are for comparing you to Adolf Hitler’s girlfriend.

In an ugly polka dot dress to boot.

Right, but that’s just “dumb.” Whereas, pointing it out is “shameful, hypocritical, disingenuous,” etc. etc. etc. retch.

That “dumb” post stayed up for almost 6 hours, until I linked to it. I’m pretty sure that if I hadn’t linked to it, it would have remained.

Now go away, you pest.


204 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 12:23:43pm
Please note: now the discussion has turned to ways to shut LGF down, at Metatalk.

[Link: metatalk.metafilter.com…]


215 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 12:33:49pm
That’s right, not everything is about me. How could I have thought that putting my head on Eva Braun, then gloating over it at Metafilter, was about me?

I’m such a thin-skinned narcissist. You have taught me much, cedar.


304 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 7:47:08pm
And by the way, at this point, you’ve made my case, underlined it, signed it, sealed it, bought insurance, and shipped it FedEx. Thanks.


59 Charles Sun, Apr 11, 2004 2:44:03pm
Note: See the update to the thread. They’re saying mean things about us over at “Screw Them” Zuniga’s hole again.


104 Charles Mon, Apr 12, 2004 7:35:16am
SAO (who is in Canada) takes a pause from bashing LGF at every other site in the blogosphere, to spew:

Nobody is comparing Charles himself to a Nazi, just a few “cherry-picked” comments.

Uh huh. That Eva Braun thing, why, that’s just a joke, right?


167 Charles Mon, Apr 12, 2004 9:36:17am
It’s a lie. There has never been a single post by me that uses the word “pancake” to refer to Rachel Corrie. Not one.


Yeah. Right.


Desperately Seeking Oliver

Someone (whose initials are Charles Foster Johnson) is desperately seeking Oliver Willis‘ endorsement.

So why would The Magical Jazzy Ponytail suck up to Oliver Willis? Heh. Here’s why.

 

While looking for The Classic Oliver Willis Thread:

“You’re so awsome, Charles.” – Sharmuta