Killgore’s Midnight Run & Charles Johnson’s Foray Into Astroturfing: 10th Anniversary

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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Tell Me Again That LGF Doesn’t Plant Racist Comments


Seems like a lizard or two decided to dump a steaming pile of racist garbage on Ace Of Spades’ Overnight Thread late Saturday night, and it smells A LOT like Killgore Trout. As reported by kbdabear here on Diary of Daedalus:

November 18, 2012 at 2:36 am | #2
The Hostess shutdown must have really gotten to Chuckles the Clown. He sent Killgore and another troll over to tonight’s (11/17) ONT at Ace of Spades with the name of “lightworker” who pretended to be a stormfront type and “meese” who came along to pretend to be outraged that AoSHQ was a welcome place for racists. Caught him and his partner in the act.
Then Pakimon observed:
November 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm | #57
I figure if Killgore wasn’t both of them, then I’d bet Obdicut was the concern troll.
“How could you allow this?!”
“Why are you picking on me?!”
“Why aren’t you distraught and offended?!”
“Are you all racists because those posts weren’t deleted immediately even though it’s late at night?!”
Classic Obdicunt. :lol:

It’s not like this hasn’t happened before, and just like with Killgore’s Midnight Run on Hot Air, the commenters at AoSHQ promptly told both of the Mobys to fuckoff. The telling point was when Moby No.2 “meese” spelled Killgore’s nic correctly. Busted.

The fun starts here.

Oh, and by the way, Charles, is this little “Make-pretend-I-got-a-biggie-by-holding-a-BJ-Barbie-Doll-in-my-shorts” image still yours? Anthony needs your email so he can return it. It’s only slightly soiled.

The Ruse And Fail Of Little Green Footballs Part V – The Turnaround

This is Part 5 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


Up until the election of Barrack Obama in 2008, LGF could still be seen as essentially a conservative blog. Indeed, in blog awards voting, LGF was consistently listed as “conservative” and Johnson voiced no qualms about the distinction.

But a change was in the wind, and in 2008 Johnson became obsessed with religion and “creationism” in particular. At the same time, his posts took a decidedly “anti-Christian” tone. The same fervor with which Johnson once exposed Islamofascism around the globe, he became intent on uncovering the evil ensconced in the Christian belief that God created the heavens and earth, while ignoring the fact that other major religions held similar belief systems.

Johnson ran regular threads about lawmakers wanting to teach creationism in classrooms, with the theme that if this view prevailed and Intelligent Design and/or creationism was even discussed in schoolrooms, the Republic was doomed. While many at LGF agreed with Johnson that creationism or even intelligent design should not be taught in the schools, many were not ready to abandon their own religions and follow the tenets of Darwin. Of the religious frequenters to LGF, most realized that creationism and evolution were not necessarily contradictory.

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Charles Johnson’s Flying Monkeys Astroturf Amazon – AGAIN

Charles Johnson’s Lizards don’t like the First Amendment much, especially that pesky Freedom of The Press annoyance. I don’t think we’ve been down this path before.

Oh wait, we have… I remember.

But that was then, and this is, um, then as well.

Charles Johnson won’t do it himself, so he’s got his loyal lizards dropping droppings, but not in the review section this time, because they can’t. They are doing it in the category section, before Pamela Geller’s book has even been released by Amazon.

Here’s jaunte’s screenshot from Amazon:

Okay, guess who added those offensive categories? Before Pamela Geller’s book has even hit the Amazon Market, Loyal Lizard jaunte is crapping all over it, just like garhighway and others did the last time.

So who’s up next to chime in on the lizard line?

The Lizardoids are on the march, just like they were a year ago. Does Pamela Geller’s book have anything at all to do with Charles Johnson? Is she a threat to him? Of course not. She’s moved on, has become more successful and prosperous, but Charlie don’t surf. Charlie don’t write, either.

Let’s take another quick peek at the Amazon status, just for fun, to see who’s been messing with it:

Yep. Nice job. Charles I AM LITTLE GREEN FOOTBALLS IT’S ONLY ME Johnson is violating the 1st Amendment rights of others.

Charles, you’re a mess.

[UPDATE: Pamela Geller responds!]

Fill in the blank: “Freedom Of The [______]”

Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer are making the rounds selling this book:

Apparently it’s selling pretty well, has an intro by John Bolton, and both their websites, Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch,  are enjoying a nice increase in traffic.

This disturbs Charles Johnson. It’s a well know fact that the mere mention of Pamela Geller’s name gives him an inverse erection, and it causes him to post things like this:

That post resulted in this (the highlight and caption in red are mine):

Note that this is the ONLY review “garhighway” has posted on Amazon to date.  “Garhighway” is a lib from San Francisco, and he admits to astroturfing while  “wrenchwench” assists:

So to summarize, Charles Johnson, besides despising a competitor, jumps into full Moonbat mode, encourages his peons to do the dirty work for him ala the Kos kids, in order to prevent Pam Geller and Robert Spencer from exercising their 1st Amendment Rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom Of The Press.

And, Ms. Geller, if you’re reading this, nothing posted on this thread is copyrighted. A Cease and Desist Order comes to mind.

And the left preaches tolerance. Bullshit.