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NPR Exposes Fox News' Fake Social Media Commenters

 
NPR Exposes Fox News' Fake Social Media Commenters

NPR's Media Matters for America did a story based on reporter David Folkenflik’s new book Murdoch’s World, about how Fox News PR's agents made fake accounts to defend critical material on social media and blog posts.

An excerpt from Folkenflik's book:

"On the blogs, the fight was particularly fierce. Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account. Another used an AOL dial-up connection, even in the age of widespread broadband access, on the rationale it would be harder to pinpoint its origins. Old laptops were distributed for these cyber operations. Even blogs with minor followings were reviewed to ensure no claim went unchecked." [Murdoch's World, pg. 67]

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert dug his nails in deep in this story in a recent episode of The Colbert Report. Here is his commentary on the story:

Colbert made a Tongue-In-Cheek Twitter account to troll Fox News:

Read more from the Washington Post:

Fox News’s anonymous PR ‘rants’: Classic Roger Ailes paranoia

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