Mark the date, On November 30th 2009, Little Green Footballs officially Died. The site has officially changed from being a Conservative to a Liberal Site. There were always rumors that Charles was really a liberal who was faking his political philosophy just to make a buck, but they were so hard to believe, he was a passionate conservative, so believable.
But in the end Little Green Footballs died from a long drawn-out illness called supporter-cide. Charles Johnson the man behind LGF decided to ban every single one of his supporters. It was painful to watch.
Charles is one of the legends of the blog world, he has done so much to legitimize the “blogisphere” as a news source, he has outed false reporting from the mainstream media more times than I can name. Johnson is the person that first discovered that the Dan Rather’s report about George Bush’s national guard duty was based on a fraudulent document,or that Reuters was faking the damage pictures from the Israeli war with Lebanon two years ago. Charles was also one of the founders of Pajamas Media.
In the end Charles began to believe his own clippings. He became too self-important and stopped allowing anyone to disagree with him on his site. He began to call anyone who disagreed with him a racist and/or bigot. Little by little he drove people out, starting with Pamela of Atlas Shrugs one of the most good hearted and passionate people I have ever met. It was followed quickly by Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. This blogging world which Charles helped to created is too small and faces too many challenges for us to fight amongst ourselves. Even the words we use with each other are a signal to how we should be dealing with one another words like link, pick-up and hat tip.
Soon LGF deteriorated became an endless series of debates about creationism and Obama’s birth certificate. Not the issues surrounding those topics, but the debate was about whether it was OK to debate them at all.
I got my walking papers back in June, my Crime, I am friends with Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs and I link to both of their sites. Yes he threw me out because of two links to my site.
It wasn’t until I was banned that I learned what a Joke in the net community Charles had become. I had begun to notices much larger sites than mine “de-link” LGF because Johnson had trumped up some silly excuse to ban them, top caliber sites such as Ace of Spades and the Other McCain.
On his site Charles gives his ten reasons for switching sides, but rather than give true political reasons he uses it as an opportunity to sound like a bitter old fool, smearing some really fine people such as RS McCain, Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbaugh, Pamela Geller, Glenn Beck, etc. He even trashes the tea party movement as hatefu,l and accuses Hot Air of being a site that Spews hate. Hot Air is arguably the most level headed political site on either side of the aisle.
The truth is, those rumors had to be true. You don’t abandon a philosophy because of what you perceive are bad actions by others, Charles never was a real conservative, he was an opportunist. And now he is just another crazy, just a few fries short of a happy meal.
To paraphrase Charles’ farewell to the right, Little Green Footballs has gone off the rails, into the bushes, and off the cliff. I am very happy I won’t be going over the cliff with him.
Oh and one other thing, if you want to read the LGF farewell, I am sorry but I cannot link to it, the mental breakdown of one of my blogging Idols is just to sad to promote.