Skip to comments.(Turncoat Charles Johnson - Little Green Footballs) Right-Wing Flame War!
Posted on 01/23/2010 1:25:34 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Right-Wing Flame War!
By JONATHAN DEE
Published: January 21, 2010
Charles Johnson has been writing a blog for almost as long as the word blog has existed. A bearish, gentle-voiced, ponytailed man who for three decades enjoyed a successful career as a jazz guitarist accompanying the likes of Al Jarreau and Stanley Clarke, Johnson has always had a geeks penchant for self-education, and in that spirit he cultivated a side interest, and ultimately an expertise, in writing computer code. His Web log, which he named Little Green Footballs (a private joke whose derivation he has always refused to divulge), was begun in February 2001 mostly as a way to share advice and information with fellow code jockeys his approach was similar in outlook, if vastly larger in its reach, to the guiding spirit in the days of ham radio. His final post on Sept. 10, 2001, was titled Placement of Web Page Elements. It read, in its entirety: Heres a well-executed academic study of where users expect things to be on a typical Web page. It linked to, well, exactly what it said. The post attracted one comment, which read, in its entirety, Fantastic article.
The next 24 hours would transform his blog and, ultimately, his career. I grew up in Hawaii, Johnson told me recently when we met in his Los Angeles home, but I was born in New York. After I moved away at age 10, I would read the news stories about how the World Trade Center towers were getting closer to finishing. When they were attacked that day, that really hit home for me in a way that reached back into my childhood.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
So That’s It, The Lizard is Gay
The article mentions a female fiance. I don’t know, he absolutely is capable of a hissy fit! Could be.
The full story that the NYT fails to comprehend is available right here.
"...to claim that their LGF accounts were blocked simply for disagreeing with me a claim which, in the vast majority of cases, is simply not true."
Speaking of Buckhead, I just checked his page, and noticed he hasn't replied since Nov. of '09. Wonder where he is?
What a pathetic attempt to glorifying Johnson for his switch.
Most of us who also blog just deleted his link and moved on.
TankerKC was also in on that conversation.
Buckhead uses a different posting name as the left tracked him down and posted personal info.
The man has no honor. He’s a disgrace.
And in case anyone here wants to weep over the balanced handing Charles Johnson gets from the New York Times, do I need to remind you freepers of how he tried to smear Jim Robinson?
Schucky Johnson tried to have it both ways: accusing Jim Robinson of advocating massive violence "wink wink" while quoting Jim Robinson's words directly where Mr. Robinson says the opposite.
That is a lie on his part. He banned me for taking issue with his stupid criticism of Vlaams Began and Filip DeWinter being secret squirrel Nazis (they're not).
As someone who has not tuned in to LGF in a while, I can’t say if he has taken to whacking off heads.
I can say the floor got pretty bloody around here for a while. Peaches and Howlin and then the whole Ron Paul crew and then just damn near anyone who the hatchet squad took a dislike to, it seemed.
CJ is a loser, his site’s readership has been trending down for a long while. The only reason the NY Times devoted space to him is because he’s a lefty blogger. FR has ten times the number of unique visitors, but you don’t see a NY Times profile on JimRob.
True. I recognized that the documents were fake when they were flashed on the screen during the report and posted as soon as it was over. My assessment was based on format. Having spent many years in the Air Force, I new what a memo should look like.
Buckhead later supplied a thorough analysis based on fonts. That assessment was more conclusive, I think.
LGF was in the mix too. It really was in iterative effort.
Watching Johnson’s disintegration into batshit craziness, is like witnessing a slow trainwreck.
From something I posted on my blog back in April, 2009:
I am one of the latest posters to be banned from Charles Johnsons site, Little Green Footballs. I removed him from my blogroll and will no longer link to or visit his site. Charles was never a really a conservative he is a 9/11 Democrat.
About 2 years ago, he got on an anti-creationist tangent that pretty much consumed his daily life. Im agnostic, so it didnt bother me.
But since then, hes gone into the abyss of a pre-9/11 mindset, and its flooded every niche of his blog.
Its a shame because LGF used to be a good site. Johnson was one of the bloggers who exposed Dan Rathers genuine George W. Bush National Guard memos, and the enhanced Iranian missiles fauxtography.
I was booted for supporting the Tea Parties, and critiquing the downward spiral of his site:
“I watch Glenn Beck and visited LGF for basically the same reasons: to get commentary, information, and news on politics and issues that as a Republican, I feel are important.
Im not sure when the turning point was, but LGF has morphed from a site where united conservatives could gather against the lunacy of the MSM, to something unrecognizable. Its now comprised of a lot of backbiting targeted at people who take national security, Islamofascism, and the socialist Obamanation seriously. There are some people on here who think because Im an Iraq War/Army veteran, outspoken Obama critic, anti-illegal alien, and a gun owner, Im a security threat to the Obama State.
Its sad and pathetic.”
His erratic behavior has alienated him from people like Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugged and Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. Hes also attacked other prominent sites and bloggers: Ace of Spades, Michelle Malkin, Hot Air, Protein Wisdom, Powerline, Mark Steyn, Geert Wilders, and Dennis Praeger.
He tolerates no dissent, real debate is forbidden, and his enemies list rivals Bill Clintons FBI files. He sees nazis behind every door, and probably hiding under his bed. And those are just the people who dont agree with him 100%. Hes been known to ban people for disagreeing with him on other sites. The mans paranoia level is skyhigh.
Johnson has become increasingly sycophantic towards Islamofascism, which is ironic given the fact that he received death threats from jihadis, right around the time when CAIR wanted to get LGF classified as a hate site.
He has whole-heartedly embraced Janet Napolitanos idiotic right-wing threat assessment, assigned creationists to be bigger villains than terrorists, and disparages ordinary citizens who protest Obamas socialist policies.
Just what the leftwing needs; an Andrew Sullivan clone.
You know it’s bad when the New York Times thinks he’s nuts.
>> What a pathetic attempt to glorifying Johnson <<
I didn’t read the article that way at all. Up until a few minutes ago, I knew almost nothing about the LGF controversy. But now, after seeing the NYT’s take, I can only conclude that CJ is a raving maniac.
Who are you really? :-)
Either Buckhead gets blame or LGF gets praise. I remember that it was a few people that raised questions. Thanks for the refresher. :-)
What was your posting name back then?
I did not post back then, and would not be stupid enough to claim that I did if I had. I have followed FR, Lucianne, the Kos, DU, Huffington, Red State, and a number of other blogs/bulletin boards since before the "internet" was anything other than a bunch of fidonet hubs.