The 12th Anniversary of Killgore’s Midnight Run & Charles Johnson’s Foray Into Astroturfing

The following is a repost from 18 September 2016.


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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241 Comments on “The 12th Anniversary of Killgore’s Midnight Run & Charles Johnson’s Foray Into Astroturfing”

  1. rightymouse says:

    I miss Breitbart. 😦

  2. rightymouse says:

    What happened to Killgore after his predictable falling-out with Fatass Johnson??

  3. Octopus says:

    Good morning! Who wants to go to the mall?

  4. Octopus says:

    That was you, falling off the futon.

    Because you had to fart, and your massive pannus was all rumbly.

    • Bunk X says:

      It was a weird one. Immediate vicinity around Carson got a good bump, next to nothing everywhere else. It closed our kitchen shutters, but we didn’t feel it.
      Maybe an underground storage tank went ‘splody.

  5. rightymouse says:

    My kind of woman!! We could be besties! 🙂

    • Octopus says:

      Wow! She’s not pulling any punches. Imagine what she’d do to Fatass, if she found herself trapped in his bouillabaisse-reeking bunker. 😂

  6. Octopus says:

    I got invited to go see this imposter at a local restaurant/dinner theater, in a couple of weeks. I dread the possibility! 😂

    • Octopus says:

      Note: my friends and I went to see him for reals, back in the 70’s. We smoked doobies in the theater from start to finish. A lady behind us was bitching about us smoking, the whole time. Proto-Karen meets proto-punks. 😂

      • rightymouse says:

        John Denver music and I never got along. Hope you have a good time, tho! 🙂

        • Octopus says:

          I think I’m going to pass on it. 😄

          • Octopus says:

            A few years back, we were on a family trip to Colorado and other points west. We hired a guy to take us to a real sightseeing mission in the Rockies, which included a hike into some incredibly scenic mountains, and a picnic with Coors Banquet Beer next to a mountain pond with an incredible view. It was kind of magical. On the way back, the driver cranked up “Rocky Mountain High” in the van, and I might have shed a small tear. I don’t know if my kids had ever heard the song before. John Denver had a real moment back in the Seventies, and we used to crank a few of his songs around the campfire, “and everybody’s high…Rocky Mountain High, Colorado.” Even in Northern Michigan.

          • Bunk X says:

            Give me Pure Prairie League or the Marshal Tucker Band over that poser any time. Life ain’t nuthin’ but a funny funny riddle my ass.

          • Abu penis penis penis lol says:

            Early Marshall Tucker was awesome. The band, not the blind piano tuner.
            Toy Caldwell is greatly under rated. Brilliant picker!

          • poteen2 says:

            I never liked his music.Gained a little respect for him when I found out he flew small aircraft.
            Then found out he wasn’t very good at either

  7. rightymouse says:

    I despise Pelosi. She’s a despicable human being. Barf. 😦

  8. rightymouse says:

    We’re going to a friend’s house for a clambake tonight. 🙂 I’m making deviled eggs to take as an appetizer contribution. 🙂

    • Octopus says:

      Sounds awesome! I’m picking up some fried chicken from this great little hole-in-the-wall, Mom-and-Pop place around the corner. KFC, I think they call it.

      • rightymouse says:

        Fried chicken is yummy 😋.

        • Octopus says:

          It was so good, and satisfying. The pile of bones on my plate was kind of intimidating. I also had the mashed potatoes and Best Gravy In The World, and some baked beans. I got an extra order of baked beans, for lunch tomorrow – there’s a funny story attached to those, I will try to give justice. 😆

    • rightymouse says:

      The deviled eggs turned out great 👍!

      • Octopus says:

        I wish I had one, right now. I love a good deviled egg! I can make them, too. Maybe I’ll bring a batch up to Traverse City in a couple of weeks, for my sister’s Oktoberfest party. I’m already bringing some good homebrew beer, and Maria’s making an authentical Greek salad, with the best feta cheese we’ve sourced from the homeland. And spinach pie, which they call, “spanakopita.” The Greeks have a word for it. Everything, they have their own word for it 😆

        • ISTE says:

          Lamb. The Greek people serve the second best lamb in the world

          • Octopus says:

            The lamb chops I had in Greece were the best by far. They cut them differently, season them differently, and cook them over fire. They are too good for you Brits! You just want to boil them. 😆

          • ISTE says:

            Barnsley Chop.

            What Is a Barnsley Chop?
            A Barnsley chop is a cross-section taken from right across the lamb’s loin. This produces a double-sided chop with a bone in the middle and a little fillet underneath. Since it’s cut across the saddle, it’s sometimes referred to as a saddle chop.

            Many claim the honor of the Barnsley chop’s origins. It is believed to have originated at Brooklands Hotel in Barnsley, where it is still served. They are adamant that they are the originators, but some claim the Kings Head pub in Barnsley is the place. None the less, the chop is typically dated to the mid-1800s as a hearty meal for farmers.

            The Barnsley chop has also been in the culinary conversation in recent years. Some of this recognition was the result of renowned Chef James Mackenzie featuring it on the menu at the Michelin-starred Pipe and Glass Inn in South Dalton near Beverley. In that dish, Mackenzie served it with a nettle sauce.

            How to Cook
            Pan-frying then finishing the Barnsley chop in the oven is a preferred cooking method. It does require a longer cooking time than an ordinary lamb chop. However, just like the latter, the cooking time remains short. The chop must also be rested once cooked to soften the meat.

            Often left relatively pure with simple seasonings, it is delicious when served with a little gravy and fresh vegetables on the side.

          • rightymouse says:

            I put ground lamb in my Shepherd’s Pie. 🙂

          • Octopus says:

            Pro-tip: mix ground lamb with ground beef, half-and-half, for the best meatballs you’ve ever had. Got the recipe from my fantastic MIL, way back when.

  9. dezzez says:

    Math is da hard for lard ass

  10. rightymouse says:

  11. rightymouse says:

    I want this t-shirt. 😆

  12. rightymouse says:

    Something you don’t see every day! 😯

  13. rightymouse says:

    Dennis Rodman.

    • poteen2 says:

      I sat and talked with Rodman in my favorite bar one night. He was seeing the beermaiden at the time. He ain’t quite right but he didn’t seem to be too much of an asshole. Just in his own little world. About 5 people in the bar and he bought 2 rounds. Found out later the bartender had to pay because his credit cards were no good. He had 5 cellphones laid out on the bar. Nobody called him in the 2 hours I was there. Not even Kim Jong Un. The barmaid quit him after a few weeks. He was too expensive.

      • poteen2 says:

        BTW who’s hand is that under his arm?

        • Octopus says:

          Whenever I see Rodman in pics nowadays, I think back to the Bad Boys championship seasons, when we had awesome season tix through work and every game was a near sure-win. Rodman was one of the greatest athletes I’ve ever seen. Completely tireless, and getting EVERY rebound, or close to it. What happened to him after his breakdown and near-suicide was very well covered in the ESPN “30 for 30” about his life before, during and after basketball. He’s a very troubled individual, with a huge heart.

          • poteen2 says:

            He and I talked mostly about the barmaid. The girl said he was a good guy. Said he wasn’t very aware of his current situation.

        • Octopus says:

          I also remember the time I saw him running through the Detroit Auto Show with his toddler on his shoulders. Like, really running. At the time, he was in a publicized spat with his baby-mama, and the scene didn’t look right at all. In the “30 for 30,” she had lots to say about his demons, and the fact that he deserted his child completely. Rodman says he knew he was a bad role model, and didn’t want to hurt the kid. Sounds pretty convenient for a deadbeat Dad, but he really was a hot mess, to the point there was no hiding it.

  14. rightymouse says:

    Eff Joe Biden!!

    • Octopus says:

      Glad Andy is still alive and reporting. I thought the Antifags were going to kill him, last year. They tried.

  15. rightymouse says:

  16. rightymouse says:

    I keep forgetting it’s football season. 😦

  17. ISTE says:

    LOL Typical English food. The Brooklands Restaurant Barnsley

    Chefs soup of the day Served with a warm crusty Bread Roll (VG) (GF)* £5.50
    Baked Meatballs in a Rich Tomato Sauce, with Melted Mozzarella Cheese £5.95
    Kiln Roasted Smoked Salmon flaked with tender Crayfish Tails on mixed Leaves,
    Served with Smoked Paprika and Marie Rose Dressing (GF) £7.95
    Fresh Mozzarella and Ripe Vine Tomatoes with a Basil Oil, Balsamic Dressing
    Served with Crisp Ciabatta Thins (V)(GF*) £6.25
    Baked Flat Mushroom topped with Red Onion Marmalade
    and Goats Cheese (V) (GF) £5.95
    King Prawns Flamed in Sambuca Liqueur with Garlic, Cream and Herbs
    Served with Warm Bread (GF)*£7.95
    Brookland’s Pate Served with Crusty Bread and Fruit Chutney £5.95
    Grilled Haloumi and Beetroot Salad
    Served with mixed Leaves, Sun blushed Tomato and Balsamic Dressing (V) (GF) £5.95
    Tandoori Chicken Fillets marinated in an Aromatic Spices
    Served with Yogurt and Mint dip (GF) £6.25
    Houmous Marinated Olives
    Served with Warm Ciabatta, Olive Oil and Balsamic Dressing (V) (GF)* £4.95
    Nachos with Melted Cheese, Salsa, Guacamole and Sour Cream (V) (GF) £5.25
    *add Barbeque Pulled Pork £2.00

    Confit of Pork Belly with an Apple and Chorizo Glaze
    served on Root Vegetable Mash with a Cider Jus and Fresh Greens £17.50
    Tagliatelle with Kiln Roasted Smoked Salmon and Crayfish Tails,
    in a Creamy White Wine Sauce with Rocket and Parmesan £12.95
    Char Grilled Chicken topped with Prosciutto Ham, Pesto and Melted Mozzarella,
    Served with crushed new Potatoes, Tomato Sauce and side Salad £13.95
    Slow Braised Lamb Shank with Root Vegetables served on Carrot and Swede Mash
    Served with a Mint and Rosemary Gravy £21.95
    Steamed Salmon fillet in a Creamy White Wine Sauce with Crayfish and Herbs,
    Served with crushed new Potatoes and fresh greens £17.95
    Pan seared Duck Breast served on Honey Roast Vegetables and Potatoes
    Served with a Red Wine and Cherry Sauce £16.95
    Chicken Curry with Rice,
    Served with Onion Bhaji and Naan Bread £11.95
    Chef’s Pie of the day topped with Puff Pastry
    Served with hand cooked Chips, Mushy or Garden Peas £13.95
    Beer battered Haddock
    Served with hand cooked Chips and Mushy Peas £11.95
    Brooklands Burger in a Brioche Bun
    Served with Skinny Fries, Onion Rings and Coleslaw £12.50
    add BBQ pulled pork £2.50 or Cheese £1.00
    Spicy Chicken Burger in a Brioche Bun
    Served with Skinny Fries, Onion Rings and Coleslaw £12.50
    8oz Sirloin Steak with Chunky Chips,
    Served with Tomato, Onion Rings and Mushrooms £20.95
    Gammon Steak with Pineapple, Fried Egg,
    Served with Chunky Chips, Tomato, Mushrooms and Garden Peas £13.95
    The Famous Barnsley Chop
    Enjoy our traditional slow Braised Barnsley Chop, Served with Minted Mash, Roast
    Vegetables and a Red Wine Jus £29.95

    Vegetarian & Vegan Main Courses
    Sweet Potato and Vegetable Tagine with Apricots, Almonds and Aromatic Spices
    Served with Steamed Rice and Naan Bread £12.95
    Tagliatelle with Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables tossed in a Cherry Tomato Sauce
    with Garlic Bruschetta £11.95
    Roast Vegetable Wellington in Crisp Puff Pastry
    Served with Steamed Vegetables, Potatoes and Tomato Sauce £1.95
    Healthy Options
    Steamed Sesame and Sweet Chili Salmon
    Served on Hoisin Noodles and fresh Greens £12.95
    Cajun Char-Grilled Chicken served on a tossed Rocket and Baby Gem mixed Salad
    Served with BBQ dressing £12.50
    Chicken Caesar Salad £12.50
    Crispy Gem Lettuce, Bacon, Anchovies, Parmesan Cheese
    Sticky Toffee Pudding
    with a Choice of Ice Cream or Vanilla Custard £6.00
    Warm Chocolate Brownie
    with Salted Caramel Ice Cream £6.00
    Cheesecake of the day
    Warm Apricot and Cardamom Crumble
    with a choice of Ice Cream or Vanilla Custard £6.00
    Lemon and Ginger Posset
    Served with a Spiced Berry Compote £6.00
    Fresh Fruit Salad £4.50
    Selection of Ice Creams £3.95

    Notice the menu would not be complete without the traditional British dish.

    Chicken curry! 🙂

  18. Octopus says:

    This whole story has been awful to follow. Now they’ve found her body, and the boyfriend is in the wind. He’ll probably off himself, if he hasn’t already.

    • rightymouse says:

      The whole story has been weird. 😦

      • Octopus says:

        They lived an odd social media lifestyle, of the type that has become all too common these days. They also had a history of squabbles, one of which recently required police intervention. Red flag.

        I suspect the boyfriend’s fate will be known soon, with a real manhunt on his trail now.

  19. Octopus says:

    I don’t watch awards shows, but I was happy to see “Ted Lasso” was properly appreciated. It’s a rare gem, in a dismal wasteland of crap. You might start watching the first episode, and think, “Boy, is this silly.” And then you’ll find yourself getting choked-up. A funny show with a huge heart, and lots of genuinely ridiculous humor. And soccer, which I normally hate. 😆

    The Post story featured this big ol’ pic of Kaley Cuoco in her “revenge dress” (she must have gotten divorced), and you can clearly see the Knee-Demon-Baby peeking out, looking for trouble.

  20. rightymouse says:

    • rightymouse says:

      My ex said to me “you need to learn how to be submissive”. I filed for divorce.

      • Octopus says:

        You did the right thing. That’s the first sign that he’s going to kill you someday.

        • rightymouse says:

          He was incredibly possessive and jealous as well. Glad he’s not in my life.

          • Bunk X says:

            Possessive and jealous people develop into intimidation, manipulation and abuse. We had a similar situation with my mom’s asshole “boyfriend.” The way he manipulated my feeble Mom and the crap he pulled on my sister…

            I seriously considered “doing something wrong.”

  21. Octopus says:

    The latest gal to dump Scott Disick wore a Revenge Dress to the Emmys. 😄

  22. Octopus says:

    Gotta love Chonky’s “Paranoid Floyd”-persona. 😆

    • dezzez says:

      Chuck waited long enough on the border mess to figure out how to shove both feet in his mouth.

  23. dezzez says:

    “Reactionary jackass”
    Lardass, you really are the lowest of the low.

    • rightymouse says:

      Here’s one of their videos:

      • Bunk X says:

        I posted the link without comment of FookBook, they took it down quickly and sent me off to the Gulag for another 7 days – at least that’s what the BIg Red Alert said. Reason was that posts like that can cause death. As far as I can tell my account isn’t blocked.
        I’m obviously on a watch list for vague and specious reasons.

  24. Bunk X says:

    The Littlest Warrior Prince.

  25. Octopus says:

    CDC Cautions Against Taking The Red Pill
    September 16th, 2021 –


    ATLANTA, GA—The CDC has cautioned Americans against taking the red pill, as it can lead to severe side effects such as “realizing the truth about the way our society is manipulated by the elites” and “spending all your time on YouTube watching Jordan Peterson videos.”

    According to the CDC, many are overdosing on red pills, which are a black market drug that has never been approved by the American government.

    “We’ve seen a lot of people recommend taking the red pill,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. “And we just have to remind everyone that the pill is not approved by the FDA or any other governing body. It could spread ideas like that freedom is a good thing and that thinking for yourself is a healthy American value. People might start getting the wrong idea.”

    Walensky said the red pill is contagious, and that just one person taking it could lead to more and more instances of people thinking outside the box of conventional opinion and questioning their leaders.

    Meanwhile, the FDA is rushing out an emergency approval process on a new, stronger blue pill to counteract the red pill crisis.

  26. Octopus says:

    Only a stupid libturd would look at this pic and say, “That white man is whipping that black man.”

  27. Octopus says:

    This is…I don’t know what. One commenter said, “I guess Biden gave them a navy, too.” 😆

    I have to go work out. I’m getting my BP checked at lunchtime.

  28. rightymouse says:

  29. rightymouse says:

    😆 😆

  30. rightymouse says:

  31. ISTE says:

    The joys of living a celibate and single life all alone with no one to care for or listen to. ( apart from cats )

    2:30pm and cooking breakfast.

    Chicken, shrimp, mushroom and green pepper curry to be served with Naan bread and a side of Raita. ( yoghurt, cucumbers, onion and mint )

    Get up when I want, eat what I want when I want, sleep when I want and don’t have to shower.

    Life is good…..

    ( However one of those warm cuddly sammich makers I see pictured in here sometimes would brighten my day. I am useless at sammich making. )

  32. Octopus says:

    Haven’t heard a new Hailey/PMJ in a long time. I like.

  33. dezzez says:

    No it didn’t, but its sure causing a lot of whining from the thin skinned blob that wrote if.

    • Octopus says:

      Still repeating that Big Lie, Fatass? With the numbers of children entering the country without parents skyrocketed under Biden? That’s what you’re going with, even though the system Trump inherited and much-improved was instituted by Obama?

      Your integrity, Stump-Ender. Have you even bothered looking for it, in the past decade?

  34. dezzez says:

    Chuck never had integrity, ever.

    • Octopus says:

      That is so true. He was always a fake-ass poser. And a back-stabbing, selfish bitch-boy. Ask George Duke.

      “Cocaine‘a a helluva drug.”
      — Rick James

      • Bunk X says:

        The Boiler Room Crew attempted to contact Duke for some anecdotes for the Ruse & Fail series, but never got any response. Guess he’d already washed Barry out of his head.

        • Octopus says:

          That would have been a killer scoop. Chonky screwed him over, big-time. Such a classic case of White Supremacy, heedlessly trashing a black man who’d given a sub-par chicken-scratcher a hand up. Set race relations back years! 😢😡

          • Bunk X says:

            We sent more than one email to his contact info, got nothing, not even a “Not interested.” Charles was barely adequate as a session musician, that he got the gigs he did says something. I believe it was his personality that did him in.

            On the other hand, I’ve always wondered why someone with his self-absorbed personality never posted any solo stuff on LGF, not even a short etude or riff.

          • Octopus says:

            I think at some point he realized that even his minuscule guitar-game completely evaporated in the few years between his last chicken-scratching gig and his love affair (unrequited) with his Atari.

          • poteen2 says:

            Funk bands of the day needed a token white boy. They could lose him in the mixing.

  35. rightymouse says:

    This is just awful! What is wrong with people today??? 😯

  36. rightymouse says:

    My dog does too! She voted for Trump.

  37. Octopus says:

    Another day, another episode of total projection:

    The Idiot Left projects every vile thing about itself onto conservatives, 25/8/366. It’s nauseating and hilarious at the same time.

  38. Octopus says:

    Glenn destroys again, with incontrovertible video evidence of collusion between the Donkeys, Big Tech and the shit-eating MSM. Greenwald might be our greatest modern muckraker, though he has stiff competition from Andy Ngo, Project Veritas, Mollie Hemingway, and a few other stalwarts.

  39. Octopus says:

    Do these jeans make my butt look big?

  40. dezzez says:

    Chunk needs to invest in a mirror and a thesaurus.

  41. Octopus says:

    You’ve never looked better, Blobby.

  42. dezzez says:

    Someone must have hurt gas-bags feelings.

  43. Octopus says:

    Meanwhile, China, India and Russia laugh themselves sick as America throws her treasure away on unworkable energy “solutions” that will never pay for themselves, or do anything to change the amount of CO2 in the air, which isn’t a problem for anyone anyway. Madness. Stumpy sez, “Sign me up!”

  44. Octopus says:

    Worse than slavery! 😆

    Note: There was no whipping, and no Haitians were sent back to Haiti. They just got moved to a different entry-point.

  45. Octopus says:


    Kind of sexist, but I know what you’re getting at here, Gus.

  46. rightymouse says:

  47. rightymouse says:

    😆 😆

  48. rightymouse says:

    It’s only going to get worse.

  49. rightymouse says:

    😆 I love Inman! 😆

    • Octopus says:

      I look at his daily videos every night before going to sleep. It’s good to have a good laugh, before going off to dreamland. 😆

  50. Bunk X says:

    Breaking news. Beed & family are down wit da ‘Rona.

  51. Bunk X says:

    Hey Righty. Just got word that Pete Metzger died.

  52. poteen2 says:

    Whatever happened to KT? Never hear about him anymore except here.

  53. poteen2 says:

    IIRC he was banished from poliwog land.

  54. rightymouse says:

    What a bunch of fakers.

  55. rightymouse says:

    Who cares?

  56. rightymouse says:

    This is just awful! 😯

    • Bunk X says:

      I don’t think so. He was at the polls and the MAGA hat is a political slogan an therefore not permitted there. A “Build Back Better” hat would be verboten also.

  57. rightymouse says:


  58. rightymouse says:

    Not holding my breath that anything happens to Sussman.

  59. rightymouse says:


  60. poteen2 says:

    Lefty media is turning on Hunter Biden. Righty media is saying “I told you so!”
    Joey “Bag o’ Money” is next. All part of the Democrat plan.
    It’ll all shake out before the election so nobody blames them for what Joe fucked up.
    Then it will be the first giggling bimbo president’s turn to do what she’s told.
    (And she gets to do it standing up) 🙂

  61. Octopus says:

    Chris Cuomo Sexually Harassed Me. I Hope He’ll Use His Power to Make Change.
    Sept. 24, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET

    Credit…Claire Merchlinsky/The New York Times; Photograph by Mike Blake/Reuters

    By Shelley Ross
    Ms. Ross is a veteran television journalist and former executive producer at ABC and CBS.
    I was Chris Cuomo’s boss at ABC News nearly two decades ago, and I am a regular viewer of CNN today, so I’ve long watched how he communicates on camera and witnessed at times how he behaved behind the scenes. This year, as he escaped accountability for advising former Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his sexual harassment scandal, two moments crystallized for me how Mr. Cuomo performs.
    The first was on March 1, two days before Governor Cuomo publicly addressed the sexual harassment allegations made against him by three women and apologized for acting “in a way that made people feel uncomfortable” but denied touching anyone inappropriately. On “Cuomo Prime Time,” Mr. Cuomo explained to his CNN viewers that because of the sexual harassment scandal, he would no longer be covering or interviewing his brother, as he frequently did during the first Covid-19 surge. With an expression of great sincerity, he said, “I have always cared very deeply about these issues and profoundly so. I just wanted to tell you that.”
    The second moment came this Labor Day weekend, after Governor Cuomo had resigned and as his loyal confidants and outside advisers were losing their own influential jobs in the fallout. There was Mr. Cuomo in the Hamptons, appearing in a photo wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “Truth.”
    RelatedPatrick Healy, the deputy Opinion editor, wrote about the decision to publish this guest essay in an edition of the Opinion Today newsletter.
    For me, his statement of profound concern about sexual harassment and his “Truth” T-shirt were provocations in this era of personal accountability.
    So here’s another moment involving Mr. Cuomo, the one that stands out most in my experience with him.
    “Now that I think of it … I am ashamed,” read the subject line of a 2005 email Mr. Cuomo wrote me, one hour after he sexually harassed me at a going-away party for an ABC colleague. At the time, I was the executive producer of an ABC entertainment special, but I was Mr. Cuomo’s executive producer at “Primetime Live” just before that. I was at the party with my husband, who sat behind me on an ottoman sipping his Diet Coke as I spoke with work friends. When Mr. Cuomo entered the Upper West Side bar, he walked toward me and greeted me with a strong bear hug while lowering one hand to firmly grab and squeeze the cheek of my buttock.
    “I can do this now that you’re no longer my boss,” he said to me with a kind of cocky arrogance. “No you can’t,” I said, pushing him off me at the chest while stepping back, revealing my husband, who had seen the entire episode at close range. We quickly left.
    Soon after, I received the email from Mr. Cuomo about being “ashamed.” He should have been. But my question today is the same as it was then: Was he ashamed of what he did, or was he embarrassed because my husband saw it? (He apologized first in his email to my “very good and noble husband” and then to me for “even putting you in such a position.”) Mr. Cuomo may say this is a sincere apology. I’ve always seen it as an attempt to provide himself with legal and moral coverage to evade accountability.

    Credit…Shelley Ross
    Now, given Mr. Cuomo’s role as a supporter of and counselor to his brother, I am left again wondering about his relationship with truth and accountability. Has this man always cared “deeply” and “profoundly” about sexual harassment issues? Does he believe enough in accountability to step up and take some meaningful actions?
    I have no grudge against Mr. Cuomo; I’m not looking for him to lose his job. Rather, this is an opportunity for him and his employer to show what accountability can look like in the #MeToo era. Accountability has been the cornerstone of the #MeToo movement, leading to tangible results and even justice, consequences for harassers and the possibility of real change. Accountability has been clear in the wake of the New York State attorney general’s investigation into Governor Cuomo, which not only outlined instances of sexual harassment and mistreatment of at least 11 women by him but also identified an inner circle of advisers who helped guide him through this political and legal crisis. I call them the enablers. The official report documented the inner workings of these people, including Mr. Cuomo, and laid out their strategies and tactics to protect the governor.
    Mr. Cuomo’s name shows up in an email thread with other advisers the weekend Governor Cuomo’s second accuser, Charlotte Bennett, came forward. The attorney general’s report says that he was part of “ongoing and regular discussions about how to respond to the allegations publicly” and that he appeared to counsel the governor “to express contrition.” The Washington Post also reported that Mr. Cuomo urged his brother to take a defiant position early in the scandal and not resign. We all know that Mr. Cuomo was being consulted by his brother; what has never come to light, and what Mr. Cuomo has not been held to account for, is the full scope of the advice he gave his brother and whether his advice and his role in helping shape the defense of a sitting governor (one who was being investigated by Mr. Cuomo’s own network) were in keeping with CNN’s standards and values. (In May, Mr. Cuomo apologized for taking part in strategy calls with the governor and his staff, calling it “a mistake.” CNN called those conversations “inappropriate.”)
    After Governor Cuomo resigned, it didn’t surprise me that attention turned to the enablers. A number of them have been fired or forced to step down from their high-powered jobs. It did surprise me to learn that Roberta Kaplan, the chairwoman of Time’s Up, a nonprofit created at the start of the #MeToo movement to fight sexual harassment, was involved in efforts to defend the governor. She quickly resigned, followed by the group’s president and chief executive, Tina Tchen.
    Finally, during the Labor Day weekend, as Mr. Cuomo was walking around in his “Truth” T-shirt, the entire 71-person Global Leadership Board of Time’s Up was dissolved, including Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Janelle Monáe, Brie Larson, Tessa Thompson, Laura Dern, America Ferrera, Kerry Washington, Tarana Burke, Alyssa Milano, Gretchen Carlson and Amy Schumer. The members were reportedly notified Sept. 5 via email from a co-founder of Time’s Up, informing them, “There is no need for your individual resignations, as the group no longer exists.” I cannot recall any organization ever acting so swiftly and comprehensively to hold itself accountable after top leaders veered from their founding mission.
    While the fallout has continued across Governor Cuomo’s circle of advisers — two former staff members resigned from outside jobs, and the president of the Human Rights Campaign was summarily fired — Mr. Cuomo and CNN seem to have moved on. As recently as last month, he was suggesting that he did not cross a line in aiding Governor Cuomo, telling his CNN viewers, “I’m not an adviser. I am a brother.” A brother calls to privately console you after hours. An adviser is looped in on staff emails and crisis conference calls, gives talking points and helps shape the narrative.
    I worked in television news for 30 years. I came up through the ranks as a producer at “Primetime Live,” an executive producer of “Good Morning America,” an executive producer of “Primetime Live” (where Mr. Cuomo was one of several anchors) and a senior executive producer of “The Early Show,” where I was painfully forced out after my managing came under attack in what I considered a toxic work culture. If Mr. Cuomo and CNN management don’t think he crossed a serious line, one that warrants consequences, I know he crossed a line with me. At one point in his 2005 email to me, he referred to how “Christian Slater got arrested for a (kind of) similar act (though borne of an alleged negative intent, unlike my own).” Mr. Slater was arrested after a woman reported that he had grabbed her buttocks as she walked down the street. Police charged him with third-degree sexual abuse. (The charges were dropped.) Mr. Cuomo, a former lawyer, appeared to use his short apology to legally differentiate the two incidents. He suggested Mr. Slater had “negative intent” while he, Mr. Cuomo, did not. He seemed to have a keen understanding of what accountability might look like back then; today we have no clear idea if either he or CNN is interested in accountability.
    I never thought that Mr. Cuomo’s behavior was sexual in nature. Whether he understood it at the time or not, his form of sexual harassment was a hostile act meant to diminish and belittle his female former boss in front of the staff.
    (Asked for comment, Mr. Cuomo said on Thursday night, “As Shelley acknowledges, our interaction was not sexual in nature. It happened 16 years ago in a public setting when she was a top executive at ABC. I apologized to her then, and I meant it.”)
    I have fought sexual harassment in the workplace for 40 years now, and it can feel exhausting at times. In 1981, Roger Ailes insisted to me that we have a “sexual alliance” or my pending job offer at NBC’s “Tomorrow” show would be withdrawn. I called a lawyer and worried it might be the end of my budding television career. To my surprise, Mr. Ailes never denied it. He apologized profusely for what he called “middle age craziness” and persuaded me to accept the job, promising we’d never have another problem. I accepted it, naïvely thinking I could help reform the workplace one predator at a time.
    Decades later, there is still a need to explain the many faces of sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s not just inappropriate touching, pressure to consent or drunken overtures after hours. Most sexual harassment is invisible to outsiders, as are the scars. It may be someone “accidentally” brushing up against you, or engaging in uncomfortable sexual innuendo with you, or asking you to spin around so they can look at your rear end. It’s all got to stop. You can’t have a sliding scale in which asking permission for a kiss is OK and a hand on the back is harmless. Who gets to draw the boundaries?
    We must continue to hold the enablers accountable, both men and women. Time’s Up has already presented one remedy: the clean sweep. But I see another way forward.
    I’m not asking for Mr. Cuomo to become the next casualty in this continuing terrible story. I hope he stays at CNN forever if he chooses. I would, however, like to see him journalistically repent: agree on air to study the impact of sexism, harassment and gender bias in the workplace, including his own, and then report on it. He could host a series of live town hall meetings, with documentary footage, produced by women with expert consultants. Call it “The Continuing Education of Chris Cuomo” and make this a watershed moment instead of another stain on the career of one more powerful male news anchor.

  62. rightymouse says:

    Saw this and had to laugh. LOL!

  63. rightymouse says:


  64. rightymouse says:

    Mega updings!!

  65. rightymouse says:

    Fatso’s begging bowl still covered in dust & cobwebs.

    $12,547 raised of $20,000 goal
    September donations:

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    Cynnthia Moore

  66. Octopus says:

    The fat imbecile comes right out and declares non-partisan journalism to be Nazi propaganda. Anyone else think he’s talking to ghosts in the bunker? 😱

  67. dezzez says:

    How many streaming service’s does the fat toed sloth have?

  68. dezzez says:

    Narrater; Chuck has fallen for both.

  69. dezzez says:

    Your guitar playing sure stinks!

  70. Octopus says:

    When music was good.

  71. rightymouse says:

    Am watching Newsmax. Trump will be talking at the rally in Georgia. 🙂

  72. rightymouse says:

    For Bunk…

  73. rightymouse says:

    Loved the trucks honking!! 🙂

  74. rightymouse says:

    Awesome! 😆 😆

  75. rightymouse says:

    Liberal hypocrisy on display.

  76. rightymouse says:

    Biden is so effed. LOL! 😆

  77. Octopus says:

    Buying this shirt. 😂

  78. Octopus says:

    This is the exact same train we took back from Portland, in 2019. Glad we stayed on the tracks. 😱🤔

  79. rightymouse says:

    Is this who I think it is? 😆

  80. dezzez says:

    Chuck is up and fattem!
    I’m no fan of hers, but just once you would think fatty could point out the lie…oh who am I kidding?

  81. dezzez says:

    Like everything else, you are too stupid to be good at that too.

  82. Octopus says:

    But, seriously…good luck with that!