About a month ago, I noted blogger Andrew Sullivan’s parting of ways from the radical ideological Right. In doing so, Sullivan mentioned another blogger, Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, who had done the same shortly before. The Los Angeles Times recently ran a story on the vilification and threats Johnson has endured since then:
Back when he built his Little Green Footballs website into a favorite of the conservative right, Charles Johnson liked to write about the “Loony Left” and “Bush Derangement Syndrome.” …
Imagine the surprise among conservatives to learn — in a series of postings over nearly the last two years, and then in an official declaration of estrangement a little more than a month ago — that their darling did not love them anymore. Maybe he never did.
Johnson’s posting on Nov. 30, “Why I Parted Ways with The Right,” created a maelstrom in some corners of the blogosphere and the Twitterverse. Onetime hyperlinking pals have called him a tyrant and a traitor. Earlier, one had questioned his sanity.
Reporter James Rainey himself witnessed some of the Right’s pushback against Johnson:
As I talked to Johnson in his office, an alert flashed on one of his two giant computer monitors. An angry screed targeting him on another website concluded: “I think a visit to Mr. Johnson’s home might be warranted. Anybody got his address?”
Of Andrew Sullivan’s break from the Right, I had said:
More than likely, the sanctimoniously-blinded Right will just cast aside Sullivan’s indictment by asserting that “he was never really a conservative,” and thus dismiss him.
Well, it turns out that this was true of Johnson as well, as shown in the following Rightist sentiments (emphasis mine):
Tundra Tabloids blog: Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, a neo-conservative (TT: never was one) blog …
Right Wing News: Despite the fact that I never got the impression that Charles Johnson was a conservative …
and on and on it goes. Obviously these people have a lot of the character and integrity one expects of “true conservatives,” don’t they?
Hat tip: Romenesko (at Poynter Online)Tags: blog, blogger, blogosphere, charles johnson, conservative, gop, little green footballs, neo-conservative, neoconservative, republican, right, right wing