‘Ace of Spades’ and Right Wing Blogosphere ‘Ethics’

In his feverish rush to smear LGF by any means possible, wingnut hateblogger Ace of Spades makes an accusation. (Amid a whole bunch of outright lies.)

I have to say this again: Charles Johnson had a bad reputation, even when he was nominally on the right, for simply stealing other bloggers’ finds. I really should contact one of the people ripped off by him to get him to write a post on this.

Well, this is very curious, because there’s a story behind this one that doesn’t end well for Ace of Spades.

Back in March of 2008, Steve Gilbert of the blog Sweetness and Light publicly accused me of stealing one of his stories — which I absolutely did not do. When I wrote to him and explained where I had gotten the story (readers tipped me to it, as often happens), he refused to believe me and threatened to “ruin my reputation” with other bloggers.

So I preemptively wrote emails to several other bloggers, including Ace of Spades, to explain the situation before Steve Gilbert could poison the well with false accusations. This is what I wrote:

… by the way, Steve Gilbert is tossing around some ridiculous threats to “ruin my reputation,” because he’s convinced that I stole a post of his — and it’s completely untrue. I never read his post, all the info came from LGF readers, and I can easily prove it if I have to.

Just in case he emails you about it.


And here’s the reply from Ace of Spades, openly admitting that he feels no compunction at all about stealing posts from Mr. Gilbert:

… For reasons I won’t bother you with I do not link him and if he has a good story or video I will swipe the link without crediting him.

I have reasons. He’s blackballed from my site, forever.

This is the kind of person who represents the right wing blogosphere: a rank hypocrite, who accuses others of the unethical acts he performs himself.

And because lying creeps like Ace of Spades will undoubtedly now try to claim I’m faking this, here are the full headers of the email, which I will supply to anyone who requests it.

Return-path: <aceofspadeshq@gmail.com>
Envelope-to: charles@littlegreenfootballs.com
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Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:36:46 -0400
From: “Ace O’Spades” <aceofspadeshq@gmail.com>
To: “Charles Johnson” <charles@littlegreenfootballs.com>
Subject: Re: Pretty amazing stuff in a Trinity Church PDF
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oh. Well. For reasons I won’t bother you with I do not link him and if he
has a good story or video I will swipe the link without crediting him.

I have reasons. He’s blackballed from my site, forever.

Two more points that probably should be answered, among all the shameless lies in “Ace of Spades’s” post.

First: “Ace of Spades” says that I used PayPal donation information to out the people at the stalker blog (a blog composed of people who were banned from LGF for various reasons, including supporting genocide among other lovely concepts).

This is a deliberate lie; they’re spreading the lie to try to damage my income from donations. I have never revealed information from PayPal, and I never will.

In fact, the stalkers even filed a complaint with PayPal last year to try to get my account shut down; PayPal dismissed the complaint as unfounded. Which it is.

All information that I used to identify these creepy obsessed individuals came from publicly available sources on the Internet, or from people who had the decency to inform me about them. Period. Any information you share with LGF through PayPal is absolutely kept private.

And what they fail to tell you is the reason why I outed these people — because they were sneaking repeatedly back in to LGF with sock puppet accounts, stealing large amounts of content from LGF and posting it at their blog, and even threatening my life on several occasions. The stalker blog has also had comments posted with threats against President Obama. Their web host once shut the site down for a short period, when their craziness got so bad it couldn’t be ignored. They now use a web host in another country with looser standards about acceptable behavior.

Those are the people I “outed,” and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. But I did not do it with PayPal information.

Second: “Ace of Spades” also claims that I tried to hog all the glory for the Dan Rather incident, another claim that is 100% false. I went out of my way to share credit with everyone else who helped move the story, over and over and over. In point of fact, my very first post about the Dan Rather documents gives full credit to Free Republic and Powerline. I’ve done this repeatedly throughout the years, and I have never claimed all the credit for myself.

The right wing blogosphere is inventing a weird series of alternate reality myths about me, based on blatant lies by deranged people, trying to literally destroy my reputation and my income. Stone the unfaithful monkey!

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