Patton Oswalt discovers that trolling far-right instigator Chuck Johnson isn't actually fun -- just sad

Johnson responds with a demonstration of why quantity never trumps quality in a Twitter-battle

Scott Eric Kaufman
May 15, 2015 12:28AM (UTC)

Comedian Patton Oswalt mistakenly thought it would "be fun" to go toe-to-toe with journalist Charles Johnson today over the latter's offer of $400 to anyone who could discover "the name and race of the conductor" of the Amtrak train that derailed yesterday.

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Someone tried to warn Oswalt that engaging with Johnson is never "fun," but that didn't stop him:

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Johnson tried to say something nice:

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But Oswalt was having none of it:

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Johnson tried to respond in kind, but just wasn't up to the task:

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Oswalt kindly informed him of his failure:

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A heartbroken Johnson attempted to turn the tables:

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Which prompted Oswalt to admit he'd made an honest mistake:

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One which Johnson reminded him of again:

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And again:

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And again:

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And again:

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And again:

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And again:

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Before reminding him one last time why engaging with Charles Johnson is never a good idea:

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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