The Ruse and Fail of Little Green Footballs: Part II – The Ascendance

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.
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 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[1] 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 »


Ladies and Gentlemen, Stalkers and Loozards…Another Throbbing Memo

I don’t think any of the lizards caught it, but shortly after it was posted, yesterday’s LGF article # 39701 received an alteration:

Now, as ninjas, the BRC engineers are able to catch arrows with two fingers, so grabbing this and plopping the frames into an animated gif we can do while peeling an orange (or whatever). The tough part, of course, is trying to figure out the rationale. Teh Johnson’s weird, after all.

OK, so we can see that CJ added a link.  But why the image change?  The “Geller Undead” has been such a popular icon of his obsession for so long.  Why the change of heart?

Naturally, we’re going to leave it open to the peanut gallery, but I have a theory.  Remember the revelation we posted the other day that Johnson basically stole the “shrieking harpy” bit from his old nemesis bloggers at Sadly, No! ? Well guess what?  “Geller Undead” can be traced back to the very same folks:

(in fact, the screengrab was taken from the video that inspired the “Shrieks on a Plane” thread, so the image is nearly as old as the aforementioned term)

The only hole in my theory is the fact that….Johnson made a vow to never read this blog, and he’s kept it.  Otherwise, it’d be totally plausible that we captured Johnson realizing that we were going to bust him on that one as well, and swapped the images in an attempt to avoid the inevitable. OOPS!

Exit question: Does this mean the end of “Shrieking Harpy” and “Geller Undead” at the swamp?


Return of the Battle for the LGF “Tweet Counter”

Oh this is just too hilarious…

Last night, Gus 802 was quite proud of his contribution to the lizard kingdom, and posted the following:

Now, technically, there wasn’t anything wrong with Gus’s statement. He did in fact author the articles, and they did show up in that configuration under “Tweeted Articles” in the LGF sidebar.

However, the “Tweeted Articles” list in and of itself has always been flawed, as we pointed out quite a while ago that the silly counters that determine the list don’t actually count “tweets” at all. In fact, Johnson was so busted on this that he needed to have a “sekrit thread” to assure the cult that he was still competent as a programmer and it was all some sort of misunderstanding. He even called on bit.ly to correct the error (as if they have anything to do with it, or should care). To this day, we assume that Johnson is still waiting for them to “fix” the thing…and waiting…

So, as is customary in a blog war, the combatants involved use the tools at their disposal to flame, debunk, mock, or otherwise retort the other side. For this example, it isn’t hard to prove this faux-tweet counter point. When a comment like Gus’ appears, it isn’t surprising that someone, somewhere took some action, with a giggle and an intent to get someone’s attention.  Enter the Johnson:

Of course, Capt. DERP didn’t think that perhaps the point was to prove that the “tweet counters” don’t actually count tweets, or that he’d inadvertently prove the point again with this statement, by saying that his wonderful “tweet counter” creation could be “artificially inflated”, or that “hurting” really meant “to get a rise out of”, and that this goal was, with this statement, well achieved.

Or did it come to him?

‘Cause almost an hour later, he issued the following declaration:

Oh noes! I suppose we wait for the inevitable announcement that Johnson has finally busted out his best coding kung-fu and custom-installed …

…an actual tweet counter?

Naw.

Also see:
Actual Tweet Counter vs. LGF “Tweet” Counter
Battle for the LGF Tweet Counter: Episode III
Battle for the LGF Tweet Counter: Episode II

Update: We’re not exactly sure what CJ thought he did. Take good old LGF article #17960. Add “stalkers”. Now, watch the “views” counter, vs. the “tweet counter”.

Da shiznit’s still broken, yo. That thread has never actually been tweeted (or “retweeted”).

Update: Now here’s some crazy “tweet counter” action, right on the front page. Watch the “tweets” skyrocket while the comments slowly increase, then BOOM, the counter falls back to 10.  What the heck is up with that?

That’s Johnson’s solution?


Speaking of Sneaky Edits…

The fog of spite for former LGFers must be pretty thick, considering that “Charles Johnson” managed to forget that there are people out there who share the same name:

Looking at our screencap and the timestamps of the threads, that smear stood posted unapologetically for about 6-8 hours.

Oh, and you’re welcome.

(Hat tip: ISTE)

Update: It appears that Johnson has changed his mind again with this thread, and within the last hour or so decided to change the original text back (almost; the word “actually” is missing), and instead add an update:

Incredibly, Charles still can’t get it quite right. You see, anyone who searches through the LGF comment archives won’t find “Richard L. Kent” in the user database. Rather, the poor guy got outed.