Ride The Decline – The Breitbart Project Intro

By late September 2011, The Boiler Room Crew realized that almost all their work was done, and there was little more to do aside from day-to-day mockery of Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs. We never thought this one-trick-pony would provide so many hours of entertainment, both on The Blogmocracy and Diary of Daedalus, as well as behind the scenes. A lot of fun resulted, and everyone involved agreed that we had acquired new skills in the process.

In September 2011, there was some behind the scenes discussion about dumping all the LGF Archives. So much valuable work was about to be given away and thrown into the communal dumpster. I hated the thought, and wondered “Who despises Charles Johnson so much that he might be willing to pay for the Archive?” Twitterwars were in full swing, and the obvious answer was Andrew Breitbart.

So I contacted him. Via emails and telephone conversations, he said he wasn’t interested in the archives. He wanted a story to post on BigJournalism.com about Charles Johnson and Little Green Footballs.

That was a splash of cold water. How the hell could we compose a concise and accurate history of Johnson’s LGF that spanned ten years? It was a tall order indeed, but on the other hand we realized that the BRC, with the help of others, were in a unique position to pull it off.

We faced multiple problems. We needed to have sources, facts and everything covered. We needed outside sources. Then there was the problem of editing the works of multiple contributors for grammar, syntax, style and formatting such that it didn’t read as a collection of independent essays, and to keep it objective. It also had to be written for the millions of people who had never heard of Charles Johnson or LGF.

This Project, although it was forwarded to Breitbart.com after his passing, was never finalized. It needed at least one more edit in my opinion, perhaps an entire rewrite, but so what. There’s some great stuff in there, and it’s never seen the light of day.

So much work went into it that it’s a shame to throw it all away. Someone mentioned that it would be the swan song of the BRC. Don’t bet on it.

The documentary was intended to be posted as a series, and I think that’s the best way to view it. The first installment is coming up soon.


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

[Updated links. –Ed]