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Charles Foster Johnson (born April 13, 1953) is an American blogger, software developer, and former jazz guitarist.[1] He has played on 29 albums.

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Biography

Charles Johnson was born in New York and raised in Hawaii. He launched his first career (as a jazz guitarist) in the mid-1970s. Extensive recording credits include at least three albums that went gold: Reach For It by George Duke, School Days by Stanley Clarke, and Live in London by Al Jarreau.

He later co-founded CodeHead Technologies,[2] which marketed productivity and desktop publishing software (mostly hand-coded in assembly language) for the Atari ST computer. In 2001, Johnson founded a web design firm called "Little Green Footballs" with his brother Michael. Little Green Footballs began as a testbed on the company's website.

Charles Johnson's animated GIF comparison of purported 1970's era typewritten Killian memos with 2004-era MS Word document using default settings

Israel National News has referred to Johnson as a "Righteous Gentile" because of his support for Israel.[3] Johnson was raised Roman Catholic but now considers himself an agnostic.[3]

Johnson is a co-founder of Pajamas Media, selling his stake in 2007.[4][5]

Johnson, as well as other conservative bloggers, gained attention during the 2004 U.S. presidential election for their role in exposing as forgeries several memos purporting to document irregularities in George W. Bush's National Guard service record. (See Killian documents and Killian documents authenticity issues.) CBS news anchor Dan Rather presented the memos as authentic in a Sept. 8, 2004 report on 60 Minutes Wednesday, two months before the vote. Days after the broadcast, Johnson showed the documents, supposedly typewritten in 1973, could have been created easily on a modern computer using Microsoft Word.[6]

In 2007, Johnson rewrote the Little Green Footballs software to use MySQL and AJAX.

In 2009, Johnson indicated that he had "parted" with the right and gave several reasons for his decision to do so.[7]

Political views

According to Johnson, "political correctness has kept a lot of the hard truth from being spread by the mainstream media."[8]

In early 2007, Johnson described the theory of global warming as "the international left’s newest article of blind faith" based on the documentary "The Great Global Warming Swindle"; he also "recommends Michael Crichton’s book State of Fear".[9] By April 2009 he had rejected that documentary as "dishonest"[10] and now supports that warming is anthropogenic[citation needed]. After the Virginia Tech shooting, Johnson indicated that he opposed stricter gun control by posting on his website an episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! which is strongly critical of any such moves.[11]

Johnson sharply disagrees with all intelligent-design alternatives to the modern biologic consensus, and argues that the Republican Party has a "problem" from base to leadership with creationism.[12]

Discography

References

  1. ^ Brendan Bernhard (February 3, 2005). "The Blogger Who Helped to Dislodge Dan Rather". The New York Sun. http://www.nysun.com/article/8711. Retrieved July 12, 2007. 
  2. ^ John Eidsvoog (June 6, 1991). "The Story of CodeHead Software". http://www.skybluemusic.com/codehead/codehead.html. Retrieved October 15, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Gil Ronen (April 29, 2004). "At Israel's Right". Arutz Sheva Israel National News. http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=62000. Retrieved October 15, 2006. 
  4. ^ http://littlegreenfootballs.com/showc/98/7695840
  5. ^ http://blogs.uscannenberg.org/neontommy/2009/12/charles-johnson-holding-down-t.html
  6. ^ Charles Johnson (September 9, 2004). "Bush Guard Documents: Forged". Little Green Footballs. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=12526&only. Retrieved October 15, 2006. 
  7. ^ Charles Johnson (November 30, 2009). "Why I Parted Ways With The Right". Little Green Footballs. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/35243_Why_I_Parted_Ways_With_The_Right. Retrieved December 1, 2009. 
  8. ^ Paul Farhi (August 9, 2006). "Blogger Takes Aim At News Media and Makes a Direct Hit". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/08/AR2006080801431.html. Retrieved October 15, 2006. 
  9. ^ Charles Johnson (April 4, 2007). "The Great Global Warming Swindle". Little Green Footballs. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=24691&only. Retrieved March 4, 2007. 
  10. ^ Charles Johnson (April 29, 2009). "611". Little Green Footballs. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/showc/611/7114460. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 
  11. ^ Charles Johnson (April 21, 2007). "Gun Control: Clever or Stupid?". Little Green Footballs. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=25212&only. Retrieved March 22, 2007. 
  12. ^ Charles Johnson (May 12, 2009). "RedState Proves the GOP Isn't 'Anti-Science' - By Promoting Creationism". Little Green Footballs. http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/33646_RedState_Proves_the_GOP_Isnt_Anti-Science_-_By_Promoting_Creationism. Retrieved May 13, 2009. ; also note the green comments by "Charles" passim

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