The Clarion Ledger Liar recently ran a full-length piece on Senator Chris McDaniel and the independent journalist Charles C. Johnson, who announced his intention to come back to work in Mississippi if McDaniel challenges Wicker. Apparently that was enough to trigger the folks at the Establishment rag. Johnson’s mere presence stoked that much fear in what the CL believes will be “All-Our War” in 2018.
As Geoff Pender recently wrote, “Here’s one possible sign of a coming Mississippi election-pocalypse in 2018: Charles C. Johnson, a California political blogger who has in turns been described as an ‘investigative journalist,’ a ‘far-right mega-troll’ and other things I can’t repeat in print is vowing to return to Mississippi.”
But why would the state’s political Establishment care if Johnson is involved in a McDaniel-Wicker race? It certainly should not have been enough to involve a feature piece in the CL?
Perhaps because of Johnson’s work on the vote-buying scheme in the June 24, 2014 runoff. Though Pender discusses it from the vantage point that Johnson paid Fielder for his story (which is not illegal or unethical) and that Fielder later recanted his story, but he did not bother to explain Fielder’s text messages from Saleem Baird:
Charles C. Johnson is a soldier in our battle against the Establishment. He does not possess an ounce of fear (he essentially told AG Jim Hood to shove it after Hood subpoenaed him to testify before a grand jury in the Fielder case) and that’s enough to scare the Establishment in Mississippi out of their wits!