Posted on | November 18, 2012 | 21 Comments
It may be necessary to explain that, once upon a time, Little Green Footballs was one of the most influential blogs, linked and cited by everyone from Rush Limbaugh to Matt Drudge.
Since 2007, however, LGF has imploded, following the apparent mental breakdown of its operator, Charles Johnson, who went psycho on Pamela Geller, embraced global warming, began attacking climate-change “denialists,” declared war on the Tea Party and presided over months of frenzied purges during which he and his henchmen banned thousands of the site’s former commenters, eventually banning even some of the LGF henchmen who had led the original wave of purges.
One thing the old LGF used to do was to debunk anti-U.S. or anti-Israel propaganda, including the staged or manipulated photos and videos known as “Pallywood.” For a recent example of “Pallywood,” consider the BBC News video showing an “injured” Palestinian man, allegedly a victim of Israeli air strikes in Gaza, being carried away from the scene, only to re-appear later walking and apparently uninjured:
Little Green Footballs used to devote entire threads to debunking that stuff but now? Ythey’re making elaborate defenses of Palestinian propaganda, doing frame-by-frame analysis, classifying skeptics as “far-right” and motivated by “bigotry,” and generally doing the exact opposite of what LGF did back in its glory days.