Fox News employees set up a series of dummy accounts to rebut critical blog posts, according to a new book.

NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes in his forthcoming book Murdoch’s World that the network’s public relations staffers set up “sock puppet” accounts to fill comments sections of “negative or even neutral” blog posts in the mid-to-late ‘00s with “pro-Fox rants.”

The reporter says Fox employees set up wireless broadband connections that couldn’t be traced to back to the network to help cover their tracks, and one employee used an AOL dial-up connection.

The network distributed old laptop computers to use in the PR campaign, Folkenflik says.

Four former employees confirmed the practice, Folkenflik says, and he reports one employee used 20 aliases and another set up 100 sock puppet accounts.

“Even blogs with minor followings were reviewed to ensure no claim went unchecked,” Folkenflik writes.

It wasn’t clear whether the network still uses the tactics.

Related posts:

Paid online comment trolls

BP hired internet trolls to harass critics and victims

(Source: rawstory.com)


Share/Bookmark

Notes

  1. shomecity reblogged this from odinsblog
  2. politiciansoc reblogged this from recall-all-republicans
  3. pavlovsstepson reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  4. joycemfan reblogged this from odinsblog
  5. notapiece reblogged this from audio-sexual
  6. auguris reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  7. deadmoonkingdom reblogged this from trailer-thrash
  8. trailer-thrash reblogged this from veganpenis
  9. damereadthis reblogged this from 8manderz8
  10. anothernerdfighterinthetardis reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  11. 8manderz8 reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  12. enjoyingbatmansguiltypleasures reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  13. jzhao098 reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias and added:
    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL what is this garbage……
  14. mc-reg reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  15. jilli1205 reblogged this from liberal-focus
  16. disturbed-teenage-girl reblogged this from pinkandblackgoth
  17. batatonia reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  18. pinkandblackgoth reblogged this from veganpenis
  19. holyfreakingcrap reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  20. pauladeen-vevo reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  21. mlymeow reblogged this from bettydevoid
  22. liberal-focus reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias and added:
    Duh! Sock puppets are huge on the Internet. Look at any news section or a popularTwitter hashtag. There cannot be such a...
  23. moisn reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  24. astro-travlin reblogged this from fuckthesharks
  25. everclog reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  26. ileftmyheartinenglandsomewhere reblogged this from truth-has-a-liberal-bias
  27. revolting-cocks reblogged this from thosedamnliberals