October 22, 2002
in defense of Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson, over at Little Green Footballs, has become the target of an organized hate campaign as a result of the blog being nominated as an MSNBC "best blog". MSNBC was inundated with letters denouncing LGF, which resulted in MSNBC adding the rather distasteful disclaimer: "Is this news or hate?" Charles has decided to strike back, with this thread, which is overflowing with comments, mostly positive. (Scroll up and you will find links to many other blogs who have posted in support of Charles). I, too, have sent an e-mail to the "Blogspotting" editor in support of LGF. Please do the same, as Charles's site is an invaluable resource, and the fact that it enrages the apologists makes it even more important.

Here is my letter:

Please amend your comments on Little Green Footballs; it is neither news nor hate, and it is wrong to characterize it in such a fashion. The only people who oppose the site are the extreme left anti-war crowd and the Islamic-extremist apologists who are embarassed by the tactics of the anti-American Islamists who spread their vitriol throughout the rest of the world. Sure, a few of the comments may be over the top, but they are no more so than at any number of other sites, and they are a small percentage of the whole. Only a few other sites out there provide a conduit to the writings of the anti-American crowd out there, such as MEMRI. However, MEMRI is not set up as a weblog, nor does it have fora for discussion. LGF does.

One of the e-mails you posted inadvertantly gives away the whole show by saying:

Iím quite shocked that you listed LGF in this Best of Blogs: have you looked at the content and the editorial line, at the anti-muslim anti-left anti-prettymucheverythingnotgeorgewbush hate that gets its way on that weblog?

...Which nicely links the anti-muslim theme with the real objection, which is to conservatism in general, and George W. Bush specifically. I'm sure Charles Johnson (a self-described liberal who voted for Gore) finds it amusing to be lumped in with the conservatives, simply because he supports the war on terrorism. The newly intolerant left is busy stamping out dissent in its ranks, which has resulted in steadfast progressives such as Christopher Hitchens, Dan Savage, and Ron Rosenbaum to become pariahs because they will not fall in behind the anti-defense crowd who refuse to roll over to the murderous savages who carried out an attack on our fundamental way of life.

(real name here)


Don't let a small, vocal minority get away with a smear campaign. email Blogspotting now.

posted on October 22, 2002 06:09 PM


I suppose you'll sign the Anti Idiotarian Manifesto then? You far-right-wingers amuse me to no end!

posted by michel v on October 22, 2002 10:40 PM

The above post is fron the author of the quoted letter to MSNBC.

*I* am a right-winger (on most issues); many of the supporters of the war (and of Charles) are not. Why don't you go tell Meryl Yourish or Laurence Simon that they are right-wingers from supporting the war on terrorism? I'm sure they'll have something to say to you.

posted by timekeeper on October 23, 2002 08:39 AM

timekeeper, it's not from the author of the quoted email. I wrote the email that MSNBC quoted, but never wrote these other words you quote there.

posted by michel v on October 23, 2002 11:37 AM

Aside from pointing out to them they're wrong, I agree with Taranto that MSNBC owes Charles a public apology.

Disclaimer - unabashedly conservative, have been for a long time. Been a Cubs fan almost as long, too.

posted by Wind Rider on October 23, 2002 01:38 PM

Michel, your own blog says that you are the author of the letter I quoted above. That is the indented portion of my post. Either you said them, as you state at your blog, or you didn't, as you are claiming here. Which is it?

posted by timekeeper on October 23, 2002 05:29 PM

Oops timekeeper, you wrote 'above' and I read 'below'. I thought you said that I wrote "I'm a right winger on most issues etc".
That'll teach me to comment on blogs when I just wake up, I guess ;)

posted by michel v on October 23, 2002 08:26 PM

I was describing *myself* as a right-winger. I am pretty sure that the first comment you left made it clear that you don't care for the Republicans.

posted by timekeeper on October 26, 2002 03:24 PM

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