Charles C. Johnson, founder and editor-in-chief of Gotnews.com, regularly makes the list of most hated men on the Internet. I was able to set up an interview with him for my upcoming documentary on free speech – Silenced.
Johnson also hung out at my house and a group of us had dinner.
When one meets Johnson, it’s impossible to see why people hate him. He’s friendly, outgoing, and open.
Talking to Chuck Johnson for Silenced. pic.twitter.com/hVxljc6xGk
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 26, 2016
Johnson is hated because he speaks the truth.
Remember the Rolling Stone rape hoax? Johnson identified the rape hoaxer. For that he was raged at even by “conservatives” and may have been suspended from Twitter.
No one stopped to ask whether rape hoaxers should be identified. While we understand that legitimate victims of rape want privacy, those who commit rape hoaxes are criminal. There is no reason to give them anonymity.
Rather than debate the issues, the Internet raged at Johnson.
Johnson was finally banned from Twitter after he became too powerful. He had the most most viewed profile on Twitter.
Chuck Johnson on the future of news.
“Page views don’t pay the bills,” Johnson explained, as even the largest websites like Buzzfeed and Gawker aren’t able to meet their financial projections. Ad revenue pays poorly, and Johnson views the future of news as being supported by readers.
Rather than go work for a website like BuzzFeed, or a dishonest newspaper like the Washington Post, visionary journalists will become their own trusted media brands.
News will be crowdfunded by readers who support the journalist rather than by page views gained through clickbait.
Johnson’s ideas on journalism are similar to mine for authors. Rather than working for a gate keeper like the Washington Post, journalists must break their own stories and build their own audiences.
Journalists must learn to self-publish the news. Those who do will be rewarded with loyal readers who are tired of media lies.
Chuck Johnson on how to build an audience.
"Two ways to build an audience fast:
1. Break news.
2. Break rules.
– Charles C. Johnson, https://t.co/4WmIA02BQ6
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) March 27, 2016
Meeting with Johnson and other like-minded fellows is a welcome relief from modern life.
Most people bore me to death because they don’t say anything original or edgy. Everyone repeats what their media masters say to them, and people become deeply offended when you say something off-script.
With Johnson and others like him, you can say anything. If Chuck disagrees with you, trust me, he’ll push back.
For example, Johnson is convinced the Cruz sex scandal is bogus. We made our respective points and no one got angry.
Open-ended civil discussion is something most people have never experienced.
Don’t believe the media.
The mainstream media has lied about Johnson and will continue to do so.
MSNBC recently did a hit piece on Johnson.
Johnson may appear “off” to some only because nothing of off-limits or taboo to him. When your mind is open to all possibilities, you’re going to say “inappropriate” comments. Is Johnson “off,” or are we so afraid of the truth that we need to vent at someone who questions our assumptions about the world?
I’m happy to know Johnson and look forward to what he has planned for the future. I even learned a few tips from him that have helped me become a better journalist and writer.
You can learn more about Chuck at GotNews.com.