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.
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


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 »

The BRC Love You Long Time – Part 1

The Boiler Room Crew is a fun bunch. We don’t get even, we get odd. We look for patterns and stuff, and occasionally we make a quilt. When we’re bored with quilting and foosball, we look at statistics.

There has been speculation that Charles Johnson obsesses over a small number of former allies of the right-wing blogosphere, and after a cursory examination of Charles Johnson’s own comments posted in the years spanning 2001 to 2011, it’s intuitively obvious to the casual observer that his allegations and accusations are inherently false.

Update: Due to much hemming and hawing in the thread below, here are the raw numbers used for the pie. It was only intended to illustrate what we’ve suspected for a long time.  Note that the numbers were culled from approximately 50K of Charles’comments through 22 October 2011.

560 Pamela Geller
364 Andrew Breitbart
359 Robert Spencer
165 Robert Stacy McCain
95 Jim Hoft
26 Victor Davis Hanson

(Side note – Rodan and Savage earned a combined total of 128 over the same span.)

Flashback: LGF and Victor Davis Hanson

As a follow up to the previous thread, The Boiler Room thought that this was as good a time as any to reflect on just how much the attitude towards VDH has changed over at the swamp.  MikeySDCA was taking a bit of a beating for his last three Pages on Hanson; two of them netted a -9 karma and one wound up in the memory hole (w/o explanation).  And we saw comments like this one from imp_62…

and Killgore…

…so here’s an FYI thread for our LGF lurkers, just in case Mikey returns, and/or these lizards want to start bashing VDH in the front page comments section.

Via the World’s Greatest Blog Search Engine™ and the Great Strawberry Heist, we can demonstrate the amount of history and the scope of VDH love that once existed by compiling a list of threads in which CJ has approvingly linked directly to a Hanson article, interview, or other appearance.  They’re all over the place (add the “” prefix for the full url).

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