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

The following is a repost from 18 September 2016.


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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.

Jazzy Magical Meme


Charles Johnson Archive 9/11

2001

2002 – Comments hidden.

2003

2004

2005 – Some 11 September post(s) deleted. Others have comments hidden.
In 2010, ChenZhen expounded on these deletions.
I *click* AM *click* NOT *click* AN *click* IDIOT!*click*……… *click*

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010


2020

2021

Charles, you have never been glib.
Inane, hyperbolic, petulant, self-absorbed and flippant? Always.

[Updates: Added 2002 screencap via ISTE; added 2021 comment.]


The Charles Johnson Robert Byrd Post

Interesting that Charles decided to subtweet to Joel Pollak, author and senior-editor-at-large of Breitbart.com about the late ex-Klansman and U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV).

Byrd was the founder and recruiter for the West Virginia branch of the Ku Klux Klan, and although he left the organization, his voting record on race never changed. He is relevant to current events as President Biden praised and supported Byrd’s race segregation and anti-civil rights policies.

Charles Johnson knows this. So why did he send this post down the LGF Memory Hole? Because his assessment in 2007 was correct.

Fortunately for us, The Way Back Machine provides us with all the info we needed to recreate the original (via the BRC Nil Stooge LGF Template). The text is verbatim; only the format differs slightly from the original. Right click on the image for larger view.

[Kudos to BRC Engineer ISTE for finding it on the WBM & h/t to Charles for reminding us.]


A Little Green Memorial Day

“Even in 2003, way before Little Green Footballs was on anyone’s radar, Charles Johnson was paranoid and couldn’t trust his own few commenters to police themselves on a Memorial Day weekend, so he shut off comments on LGF for four days.” – ChenZhen

Here are some more Memorial Day memories from the BRC Archives.

[The following is in reference to (then) Senator Obama’s Memorial Day speech, which was ripped apart by others as a total fabrication. Obama’s great-uncle served in the Navy.]

Charles was once harder than anyone.

Yep. He kicked Google CEO Erich Schmidt’s ass all over the internets because he said so, and still managed to make a national day of remembrance all about Charles Foster Johnson.


15 years ago on Little Green Footballs : Hamas

Very coincidental topic given the recent attacks by Hamas.

The first link in the post goes to the Middle East Forum:
CAIR: Islamists Fooling the Establishment
The second is a link to a long-gone U.S. News Wire story. Images courtesy of BRC Engineer Nil Stooge (RIP).

[Updated with direct link to Middle East Forum article. A Wayback Machine search  produces no archive of “CAIR: U.S. Muslims Say ‘Siege’…” and usnewswire.com is defunct. – Briareus]


On the 18th Anniversary of St. Pancake

Full archive of St. Pancake goods is here.


Once Again Charles Johnson Pursues The Oliver Willis Lib Cred Merit Badge.

[h/t Rightymouse. More Oliver stories here.]


Charles Johnson on Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh frequently mentioned Little Green Footballs on his show, and in a sense helped Charles Johnson on his career to fame (particularly during the Rathergate hoax). Many would not have heard of LGF had it not been for Rush Limbaugh’s endorsements. Charles has acknowledged it with humility and gratitude ever since.


Have A Thanksgiving, Charles.




From the Draft Files: Chen Zhen’s Unfinished Business

In 2011, Chen Zhen left this unfinished draft, and it’s not certain where he was going with it as it contained only three of Charles’ comments in text format. Here they are in the order Chen logged them, unedited, and as found in The Wayback Machine.

7087033 33455 388 Charles Thu, Apr 23, 2009 1:08:31pm

7085818 33455 377 Charles Thu, Apr 23, 2009 9:17:39am

3699435 25023 51 Charles Thu, Apr 5, 2007 9:01:04am