Charles Johnson: the Chris Hitchens of the right

Posted: April 20, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Lately there has been a lot of Charles Johnson vs other people on the right. Charles and Atlas (no pun intended), Charles and Jihad Watch, Charles and Glen Beck, etc etc etc.

I don’t like to get in the middle of fights between people I like. All the people above are against the Jihad, all want to protect America and all in my opinion want the best for us all. But I want to talk specifically about LGF and Charles.

I’ve been a LGF member for a very long time. I’ve been reading it for years. His blog contains high quality writing, solid information, and fine technical coding. Lets not forget that it was he who did yeoman’s work not only on exposing the Rathergate memos but also did (and does) solid work on the faux photography in the Arab world.

It seems to me that Charles has very set opinions and some solid standards. If he thinks something is wrong, or untoward he is not afraid to call people out, left or right on it. If he thinks he is right he is going to say so and odds are he will find a solid link to support it.

There are times when I disagree with him, for example on the recent report I think it is much more malicious that he does. He makes some valid points but I don’t think they carry the day. That’s ok. People on the same side are going to disagree on some things. We aren’t clones around here.

If Charles believes he is right I expect him to say so loudly come what may. That is principle. As the post title suggests it reminds me of Hitchens. I totally disagree with Christopher concerning Religion but his is a principled defense of his position and he isn’t afraid to stand for it. As he recently proved he isn’t afraid to put his neck on the line for what he thinks is right. I suspect Charles is the same.

A fellow like Charles is going to keep us on the right honest. We should be happy to associated with him. Debate him when you think he is wrong, but lets remember eyes on the prize, when it comes to supporting our troops and opposing the Jihad any man should be proud to have Charles standing beside him.

The one thing I can’t comment on is his music. I never knowingly heard him play. I don’t know how good he is but I’m sure on his worst day he could make better music than I ever will.

BTW: I didn’t include the “other side” on the various disputes because this particular post was concerning Charles and LGF. I’ve read and been happy to quote both Atlas and Jihad Watch on various topics and will continue to do so. I would recommend checking out both sites and Charles’ archives if you want the full back and forth between them. I don’t listen to, read or watch Beck so frankly I’m not really interested.

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  2. Paul R. says:

    Stop shilling for that left wing nut Charles Johnson.

    You have your head up his behind so far that you can’t see straight.

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