This is too rich. Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs falls for fauxtography. One might be surprised that no johnson could fall for so simple a photoshop, but don't be. He took the credit for the "fauxtography" and "rathergate" stories when they were, in fact, both discovered by readers (the latter at Powerline).
What is so disturbing and malevolent is the lengths he will goto to destroy the true and the brave. Think about that. Those fighting for Western values, against Islamic supremacism are his target. What does that tell you? The exposure of Johnson is a life lesson for all.
The real photo
Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, in his attempt to portray the German anti-jihad group Pro-Köln as neo-Nazi and to smear me in the process (paste in the link to get around his block), has fallen for the same Photoshop techniques that he has unmasked when Leftists and jihadists use them in the mainstream media.
The top photo shows Vlaams Belang's Filip Dewinter with Pro-Köln's Markus Beisicht in front of what appears to be a neo-Nazi demonstration. (Actually the banners are from Antifa, Antifascistische Aktion, a violent Leftist group.) That's the photo Johnson ran. The only problem? It's a fake. The second photo is the real one: Dewinter and Beisicht on the roof of the Flemish Parliament in Brussels.
How much can you trust Charles Johnson's information? Here are just a few things he has gotten wrong:
1. I have not committed to speak in Cologne.
Neither have I.
2. Manfred Rouhs, a Pro-Köln member of the city council, is not a neo-Nazi. Here is a statement from Rouhs:
"Our growing reputation in the middle of society has also made grow the hatred of dhimmi parties and left wing groups against Pro-Köln. We are democratic patriots, strictly defending our constitution and the freedom of speech and expression.
We are also against the danger of Islamization, which includes the political fight for our Judeo-Christian heritage. We defend our Jewish people against the growing antisemitism of Muslim immigrants in Germany. We also know that in the Near East conflict the State of Israel is confronted with a much more powerful hatred and antisemitism from the Arab states. In this situation all democrats have to support the right to exist and the right to self-defense for the State of Israel, which is an outpost in the conflict with the Islamist threat. Our sympathies as a German civil rights group in this case are clear -- although as a regional anti-Islamization group we naturally do not make an active foreign policy.
Our main objective is the political opposition against the Islamization of Cologne and the mass immigration of Muslims to Germany and our home-state North Rhine-Westphalia. For this we are campaigning with our friends from all over Germany, Europe and the USA."
3. Markus Wiener of Pro-Pro-Köln sends this information:
The German Neonazi-Szene attacked Pro-Köln as "Zionists" and "men of the system." The prominent German neo-Nazi party NPD attacked Pro-Köln also, declaring the group to be their "main enemy." Pro-Köln has no neo-Nazis in leading positions or even as members. The real neo-Nazis in Germany hate them because of their positive relationship to Jews, Western immigrants, democracy and human rights. Examples here and here. Pro-Köln has many Jewish members, including one of its officers, Michael Kucherov.
How much can you trust Charles Johnson's information? About as much as you can trust that top photo.
In case the faked photo disappears down the LGF memory hole, no worries: here's a screenshot.
Oh, and Mr. Johnson, that Perez Hilton microphone photo? It's a fake too.
UPDATE: And just for knowing, I am not even going to Cologne.