Beware the Murdoch press.
Most unsurprising new fact of the year. Everyone has observed how for each new report of legitimate concerns on climate change, waves of trolls flood media comment threads with tired, shopworn talking points of denialism.
We’ve already seen (above) how Koch backed Tea Party thugs routinely game internet comment threads. Now, new reports of how this is done at Fox News as well. (and, doubtless at countless boiler rooms in the lower levels of right wing think tanks across the country…)
In the newest instance by Rupert Murdoch and Fox New’s PR campaign, they employed sockpuppet accounts and internet anonymity tools to spread their propaganda on blogs and comment sections, even those with little traffic.
NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes in his forthcoming book Murdoch’s World that Fox News’ public relations staffers used an elaborate series of dummy accounts to fill the comments sections of critical blog…
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