Little Green Footballs

Monday, May 30, 2005

What LGFers consider 'fair and balanced'

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15986

The first entry tells you quite a bit about the lizard mindset:

#1 Americain 5/27/2005 08:07AM PDT

LGF is fair and balanced.


However, many lizards are of the opinion that 'fair and balanced' means giving people the facts first; opinions are secondary. So lets take a look at what 'balanced' facts Charles has picked out for his minions recently:

- link to a YAHOO item about the Iraqi civil war (sorry, about the security forces crushing the terrorists)
- link to SUN-SENTINEL item about the arrest of a doctor in Palm Beach County suspected of terrorism (did we mention he's an Arab?)
- Four items about France and the 'No' vote, two of which are feeble attempts at poking fun at the Eurowheenies
- Another attempt at poking fun, this time at the UN
- Two items about Palestine (in the widest sense of the word). The second ends with the following comment from Charles: "Lovely people. Let’s give them their own state, and lots of money!"
- a link to a TIMES articles about Zarkawi going to Iran (in actual fact its a SUNDAY TIMES article, and proper TIMES readers know there's a big difference)
- And lots of stuff about being a 'fair and balanced' Joe Friday.

What do we learn from this? First, that all Charles really does is regurgitate MSM news items. When was the last time he got anywhere near providing his readers with an exclusive? Second, his selection follows a distinctly unbalanced pattern: articles damning Europe/Palestine/Iran and praising America/Israel/the New Iraq(TM). In between we have a few comments about how deplorable the MSM are (yes, the same ones he relies on to keep his little blog going) and how evil half the American public and most of the rest of the world is for disagreeing with Bush/The War on Terror(TM)/Lizardoid World Domination.

Sante!

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Hate site? Judge for yourself

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15980#c0010
#10 Doug 5/26/2005 03:57PM PDT
You think it's possible that what Bush has in mind is that Palis will take
that $50 million and build a suicide belt for each and every man woman and
child and simultaneously blow themselves up?

That would solve the problem now, wouldn't it?

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15980#c0015
#15 Gagdad Bob 5/26/2005 04:01PM PDT
It's true--this thing never passed the sniff test. Anyone who who has any
familiarity with the Koran knows they all smell that way
.

(Hat Tip: RJP)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Monday, May 23, 2005

Guest Comment: "Rick Santorum and the Ankle-Breaker of Truth."

LGFWatch reader RJP writes:

A well-known member of LGF used to quote in Greek, 'Do you prefer the water or the wave?' Her meaning was translated, Do you prefer to get your news prepackaged by the 'LLL' or do you prefer it raw, the way (she asserted) that Charles Johnson supplied it?

For sheer naiveté this noble view of Charles' pursuit of distortion,
strawmannery and exaggeration has few equals. Charles' news is a wave of raw
stuff, surely, much like a wave of raw sewage after a Los Angeles rain. Case
in point: the baffling statement of Rick Santorum on the Senate Floor
Thursday, May 19, comparing Democrats' efforts to save the filibuster to
Hitler's occupation of Paris. A grossly inappropriate Hitler comparison!
Surely Charles, wave-making scion of Poseidon, will post a strongly worded
condemnation of Santorum. Charles did, after all, limply criticize Pat
Robertson for comparing judges to 'bearded terrorists.' Charles? Charles?

Well, perhaps a Hitler comparison doesn't merit Charles' attention. Except,
wait, there's this from just over two months ago:

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=14921&only=yes
3/3/2005: Byrd Backpedals

Robert Byrd seems to realize in some dim fashion that he may have crossed a
line, with a pitifully weak, dishonest denial: Byrd Denies Comparing
Republicans to Nazis.

So there's Charles up in arms, outraged! And whom does he quote in his pull
from Yahoo News?

WASHINGTON - [snip]
Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the Senate’s No. 3 Republican,
called for Byrd to retract his comments, saying they “lessen the credibility
of the senator and the decorum of the Senate.”...

Wow, a two-fer in the world of hypocrisy, Santorum and Charles for quoting
him.

We're waiting for Charles to perk up and protest Santorum's Hitler
comparison, which to any objective observer is worse than anything
contemplated by Robert Byrd. In the meantime, it seems the
pick-and-choose-your-outrage ocean of Charles Johnson is a little lacking in
waves, eh? There's a term for this condition: 'ankle-breaker.' Charles
Johnson, the Ankle-Breaker of Truth.

Charles' silence up to now might not come as any surprise to those who
follow LGF. We've documented before how Charles turns a deaf ear to blatant
and repeated domestic anti-Semitism on his own side of the political stripe
in favor of, say, the earth-shaking scandal of Agence France Press choosing
to run photos of political leaders against a backdrop of the Israeli flag,
implying (we guess) that AFP is trying to pin the Iraq war on Israel.

The clock is ticking on the 'wave.' Any day now, it should be lapping around
our ankles.

'ADL Audit: Anti-Semitic Incidents At Highest Level in Nine Years'

New York, NY, April 4, 2005 … Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States have reached their highest level in nine years, according to newly released statistics from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The League's annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, issued today, reported a total of 1,821 anti-Semitic incidents in 2004, an increase of 17 percent over the 1,557 incidents reported during 2003.

Among the factors contributing to the increase, according to the Audit, were stepped up activity by organized neo-Nazi hate groups and a spike in reports of anti-Jewish harassment and intimidation in America's schools.

"We had hoped that the trend of the past few years would continue; that acts of anti-Semitism would decline or at least remain static," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "The increase shows that there are still too many who feel emboldened to act out their anti-Jewish animus. It is extremely disturbing that young children in school are being confronted with in-your-face anti-Semitism. We had long thought that that was a thing of the past, but obviously we were wrong."

Link

(hat tip: dave)

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Galloway before the Senate, consternation at LGF

Now we at LGFWatch aren't exactly fans of gorgeous George, but we like a good show and yesterday's Senate committee hearing with the self-righteous Glaswegian was a spectacle to behold.

But it's interesting, isn't it, that while Charles has three threads on the hearing, calling Galloway "pro-terrorist" and "anti-semitic", HE DOESN'T ACTUALLY SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE HEARING ITSELF. What is Charles afraid of? That his ignorance about the oil-for-food programme and the allegations surrounding it will show him up for the ex-hippy bird brain demagogue that he is?

Just asking...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Suicide bombers? No, just a little bit eccentric...

Police in Jerusalem have uncovered some evidence that extremists planned to fire a missile at the Dome of the Rock. Though the plan seems unlikely to have been realised, AP has a strange way of phrasing what could unequivocally be described as a terrorist plot.

"According to a police statement, the young Jewish eccentrics said they planned to commit suicide after firing an anti-tank missile at the holy site and throwing grenades at police who would try to arrest them."

Think Oscar Wilde with Uzis...



PS: Yes, we realise these people are likely to represent only a tiny minority of settlers, prepared to use force to achieve political aims. Hopefully the Israeli security forces have got them under suitable observation to ensure they do not launch actual attacks to prevent the pull-out.

Desecrating the Koran? Nous?

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Gitmo torture

While CJ and the rest of the right-wing blogosphere throw a hissy-fit over Newsweek's 'false' claims of mental torture at Guatanamo bay, further details of disgusting practices come to light:

Brooke'[a female interrogator at Guantanamo] came back round his [the prisoner's] other side, and he could see that she was beginning to withdraw her hand from her pants," said Sgt Saar.

"As it became visible, the Saudi saw what looked like red blood on her hand."

When the interrogator wiped what he thought was menstrual blood on his face, the prisoner raged, almost breaking free from his handcuffs.

But "Brooke" taunted him further, said Erik Saar, asking whether Allah would be pleased with him and telling him to have fun trying to pray.

Finally the detainee was returned to his cell without water, leaving him unable to cleanse himself.

Full article

LGF: Our enemies' enemies are our friends

Charles Johnson, not hitherto known as a friend of Germany, has expressed righteous indignation about a Turkish newspaper which published anti-semitic articles and then attacked the German government after it was banned (http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15859).

Suddenly, the sausage-eating Nazi-monkeys are the toast of LGFsville for standing up to the Islamofascists: what a change of tune.

As one LGF commentator says:

"I'm glad to see some Germans have got up off their knees and gone for the throat."

Indeed. I'm sure the German Neonazis who normally express this sentiment in so many words have found a bunch of useful idiots in LGF. No wonder they've started emailing Charles with membership forms (see comments below his post).

Friday, May 13, 2005

Charles Johnson and his 'sources'

One Amp Fuse has an interesting case study about the way LGF in particular and right wing blogs in general treat scientific sources as just another bit of putty to mould into the shape that suits them best.

What the viewers can handle

Charles Johnson is excited about the fact that an Italian state television station has decided to broadcast the late Theo Van Gogh's film Submission (http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15813). And rightly so: Fear of offending minority (or even majority) views should not lead to censorship of important documents like Submission. They need to be made widely available so that people can have full and frank discussions about important issues, and where better to make this film available than on a public TV station?

One wonders, however, what kind of attitude Charlie would have to similar efforts being made to show the three-part TV series 'The Power of Nightmares' on US television. For those of you who don't know, the series has been flatly rejected by every major US network because, as one US TV executive put it: "We would get slaughtered if we put this out". Read all about it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Another great day in the war on terror


But why is this happening? Why are they killing each other and why do they hate US so? Best not try to find out, eh, Charles?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

LGF: only telling half the story

Charles Johnson notes how a Neo-Nazi march in Berlin was stopped by "a crowd twice as large" (http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15784).

The teeny weeny little fact that CJ omits (he has in facted snipped it out of the Yahoo News item he quotes) is that 'the crowd' was made up of "anti-Nazi demonstrators", among them members of the Green Party who opposed the war in Iraq. What's more, it was 'leftists' who took a hands-on approach to fighting fascism by giving the Nazis a black eye or two.

David (of Medienkritik fame) and his bunch of no-hopers were nowhere to be seen. Maybe Charles had forgotten to give them their marching orders...

Charles Johnson: Ignorance is bliss

We know by now that the Little Green Lizard King, Charlie Johnson, is most comfortable when his minions are uninformed and spouting bigoted tripe about things they know little about. It's the 'four legs good, two legs bad' mentality that demagogues encourage because it makes an audience receptive to simple, straightfoward messages that on closer inspection are completely meaningless.

Today, though, CJ takes his promotion of ignorance to a new level, when he lambasts a journalist for doing what journalists do: try and get to the bottom of a story. His target is Molly Bingham, whose article Home from Iraq eloquently explains why she put herself in considerable danger to find out more about the Iraqi insurgency. Her basic point is summed up thus:

[I]f you were reading the news in America, or Europe, how could you understand the full context of what was unfolding if what motivates the “other side” of the conflict is not understood, or even discussed?

Of course this kind of proper journalism (as opposed to selectively parroting what fits your agenda, as LGF does) is just too much for the foaming former jazz guitarist Johnson, who describes her actions as "hanging out with the mujahideen" and urges his followers to "Read it all, and understand how twisted and reactionary the modern American left has become" (http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15796).

Yes, 'twisted and reactionary' because they are interested in what is going on in Iraq, as opposed to spending their days online sucking Charles Johnson's cock (metaphorically speaking, of course).

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Good news from the war on terror

Considering today's news Charles Johnson must be popping the champagne over America's latest successes in bringing freedom, democracy and peace to the world:


Truly, nothing but good news from the front...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Official! Charles Johnson is illiterate

Just to show how little he knows about the stuff he's posting, Johnson serves up this fine mess: 'Guardian Bites the Bullet, Pigs Take Wing' (http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=15727).

In his post he says that "today the Guardian’s Max Hastings dares to voice the left’s ultimate heresy: Perhaps the neocons got it right in the Middle East." To illustrate just how momentous this is the post comes with a picture of a flying pig.

The problem with this 'heresy' is that Max Hastings doesn't 'belong' to the Guardian in any form or fashion: Hastings is a sleazy PR guru who fancies himself as a military historian. What's more, Hastings is left-wing if you compare him to Mussolini, but only just. The Guardian uses the common strategy of putting the fox among the chickens (or is it the hawk among the doves?) to stir up debate among its readers and make it a more interesting newspaper than one which only publishes one kind of opinion.

Articles by Max Hastings, Mary Kenny, Osama bin Laden, Glen Reynolds - they're there to piss off Guardian readers and make them respond, not to show the Guardian has converted to money-grabbing militant catholic bigotry and to tell its readers to do the same.

But don't expect Charles to spot the difference between a Guardian editorial and a provocative guest op-ed. He doesn't read newspapers anymore, so how would he know the difference?

Cycle of inanity

Took the old BMX for another spin round the park today; fucking kids all over the racetrack, blocking my path, most of them islamofascist spawn. Waited behind a tree for them to leave, all the while taking notes which I will pass on to homeland security in due course. With any luck the vanguard ... ehm... Republican Party is going to send those splodeydopes back to the rat-infested hell holes they come from. Like Turkey, and France, and Mexico. You know, where those sandniggers come from.

Anyhoo, this open thread is kicked off with a picture of me playing my invisible saxophone.

Love, CJ.

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