Charles Johnson, 2006, on smearing bloggers as “hatemongers” because of their comment sections.
Update: linking to Johnson’s old posts in his comment section? That’s a bannin’.
To any LGF loyalists reading this: my problem is certainly not with Johnson taking on creationists, white supremacists and other assorted kooks. On the contrary, I applaud his efforts in that regard. And if he has the time to police his comment section to weed out the trash, good for him.
But not every blogger is able to keep an eye on their comment section 24-7. Some, for their own reasons, prefer to keep their comments unmoderated. That’s their decision. It does not mean they’re endorsing every bigoted, hateful thing posted by their readers – and considering that Charles has probably used the “it’s not me, it’s my commenters” defence more than any other blogger in history, it makes him a massive hypocrite.
Ed Morrissey and Allahpundit are not racist bigots, and Charles knows it. Frankly, they’re two of the most moderate conservative bloggers around. Why Johnson has decided to declare his own jihad against them – and ban everyone who calls him out on it – I have no idea. But it’s a sad, pitiful spectacle.

9 thoughts on “Flashback

  1. Jay Currie says:

    I fear Charles has pretty much taken leave of his senses. He is not just going after creationists and white supremacists – he is also after global warming skeptics and people who disagree with him on virtually anything.
    It is sad to see.

  2. djb says:

    The question isn’t whether Johnson has lost it, the question is whether what allowed him to build LGF to the stature it used to have was the aberration, with what we’re seeing now merely a return to what for him is normal.
    The man is a raving moonbat.

  3. Ken B says:

    At some point LGF got pissed off at some critic on the right, and got resentful, and unhinged. Bolgs have no editor and an editor can say NO. Some people need that to keep them from digging in their heels and turning dishonest to avoid having to admit an error. Sullivan springs to mind, but Johnson seems an even more extreme case.

  4. Ran says:

    Johnson has Sullivan’s Syndrome… Jokes aside, it’s kinda weird seeing Johnson go the path of Andy after having done so much great work. His attempted smearing of Allah and Stacy McCain and and and… he’s destroyed his credibility.
    Besides, who needs LGF? There’s a much better new blog out there. [cough]

  5. Rob says:

    It’s clearly personal to a large degree – Robert Stacy McCain occasionally posts at HotAir and he and Charles are presently engaged in a bitter feud. Although, Charles’ points on RSM are worth noting.

  6. John B says:

    I hadn’t read LGF for some time but when I revisited several months ago I thought Charles had jumped the shark. I have no idea what brought this on, but it’s sad to see given all the good work he has done (see Dan Rather).

  7. Zimriel says:

    I’m still trying to make up my mind about RS McCain. It looks like he really is a white-supremacist.
    But there are other factors at work here. Can an American Conservatism even exist which doesn’t rely upon at least white-separatism / -nationalism? Conservatism is about blood and soil. Different races means furthest from the family tree.
    Moving aside from the magical-thinking of the Conservative, there’s the growing data about human biodiversity; and about what happens to countries like Rhodesia and South Africa (and to cities like Detroit) which decide not to consider it.
    I’d be a coward if I called McCain a racist without admitting (1) he’s in the mainstream of honest Conservative thought and (2) the Bell Curve was right. Mind you (1) precludes belief in evolution which is the rational basis of (2). McCain’s a racist authoritarian for the wrong reasons. Heh.
    Some of us would prefer just to do away with democracy entirely (Mencius Moldbug) or to constrain it under an unelected technocracy (myself). This has the advantage of making race irrelevant; every race is equally unequal. :^)

  8. Bruce Rheinstein says:

    1. R.S. McCain is a member of the neo-secessionist League of the South, which places him well outside of mainstream conservative thought, honest or otherwise.
    2. “Can an American Conservatism even exist which doesn’t rely upon at least white-separatism / -nationalism?” It can and it does.
    Seriously, your views on conservatism are like a bad parody from Daily Kos (or LGF).

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