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2013-10-21 01:18:34 PM
Did the Obvious tag die by choking on its own vomit?
 
2013-10-21 01:23:23 PM
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."

i39.photobucket.com

 
2013-10-21 01:25:16 PM
I am Shocked SHOCKED that this is happening.

your winnings, sir.
 
2013-10-21 01:25:21 PM

This explains so, so much:

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.
 
2013-10-21 01:25:42 PM
I am shocked - SHOCKED! - to learn that FOX may have acted with anything less than complete honesty and integrity.
 
2013-10-21 01:26:58 PM
I don't know what you people are talking about. Fox News is a great source for unbiased information.
 
2013-10-21 01:27:34 PM
I agree with scotty, it's truly the only source for news that isn't tainted by Obummer and his libtard stink
 
2013-10-21 01:33:57 PM
Life is just the

The Sifl and Olly Show

We are just puppets in their play.
 
2013-10-21 01:33:59 PM

scottydoesntknow: I agree with scotty, it's truly the only source for news that isn't tainted by Obummer and his libtard stink


You both said it. I find the fair and balanced reporting to be a great counterbalance to the Lamestream MSM Media. That O'Reilly is one firebrand who tells it like it is, and Hannity is truly a champion of the little guy.
 
2013-10-21 01:34:18 PM
Catapulting the propaganda. Making their own reality.
 
2013-10-21 01:35:06 PM
wait are you saying that sometimes people who post inflammatory or factually incorrect things on the internet are not doing so in earnest

i've been told that doesn't happen?
 
2013-10-21 01:38:05 PM
I read several of them trolling this site.  Generally, all of the ones shilling the teabaggers can be assumed to be Fox employees.

If you don't have the ability to find real news and information, generate it yourselves.
 
2013-10-21 01:38:40 PM
Thank goodness Drew would never stoop to that....bahahahahahaha - I can't bring myself to finish that.
 
2013-10-21 01:38:45 PM
I consider myself to be a slightly left-of-center socially-liberal fiscally-conservative libertarian leaning white male between the ages of 21-55, so I am fairly neutral when it comes to Fox news.  Can someone explain to me the virtues of having a respected source of news and informed opinion like Fox News, without all the screechy tree-hugging liberal hysteria?
 
2013-10-21 01:39:05 PM

StubhyGraham: scottydoesntknow: I agree with scotty, it's truly the only source for news that isn't tainted by Obummer and his libtard stink

You both said it. I find the fair and balanced reporting to be a great counterbalance to the Lamestream MSM Media. That O'Reilly is one firebrand who tells it like it is, and Hannity is truly a champion of the little guy.


It's not just those two.  The entire FOX lineup is great.  There is literally no better source of news in the world.
 
2013-10-21 01:39:30 PM

scottydoesntknow: I don't know what you people are talking about. Fox News is a great source for unskewedbiased information.


ftfy
 
2013-10-21 01:39:47 PM

JerseyTim: 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.


It also lends some credibility to the rant. I imagine there is a strong correlation between Fox viewership and old people who lack the curiosity to find out that the internet has moved on a bit in the past 15 years.
 
2013-10-21 01:40:27 PM
The Chinese government employs this tactic, too.
 
2013-10-21 01:41:23 PM

karmaceutical: I consider myself to be a slightly left-of-center socially-liberal fiscally-conservative libertarian leaning white male between the ages of 21-55, so I am fairly neutral when it comes to Fox news.  Can someone explain to me the virtues of having a respected source of news and informed opinion like Fox News, without all the screechy tree-hugging liberal hysteria?


This is great question.  Fox News provides answers to the tough questions that the liberal media is unwilling to provide.  Fox News is the only news outlet that has refused to buckle under the pressure of the continued liberalization of today's media environment.  I hope this helps.
 
2013-10-21 01:41:44 PM
Thank God for Fox News!!!! Without it how would we keep up to date about Benghazi when the lamestream media refuses to report on it?!??!!!
 
2013-10-21 01:41:51 PM

Jackson Herring: wait are you saying that sometimes people who post inflammatory or factually incorrect things on the internet are not doing so in earnest

i've been told that doesn't happen?


When it's legitimate, the blog has ways of shutting that down.
 
2013-10-21 01:42:31 PM

karmaceutical: karmaceutical: I consider myself to be a slightly left-of-center socially-liberal fiscally-conservative libertarian leaning white male between the ages of 21-55, so I am fairly neutral when it comes to Fox news.  Can someone explain to me the virtues of having a respected source of news and informed opinion like Fox News, without all the screechy tree-hugging liberal hysteria?

This is great question.  Fox News provides answers to the tough questions that the liberal media is unwilling to provide.  Fox News is the only news outlet that has refused to buckle under the pressure of the continued liberalization of today's media environment.  I hope this helps.


Fox news is too librul! Lame stream media!!
 
2013-10-21 01:43:09 PM
There have been numerous stories about this posted right here on Fark over the years. There are people, both D and R, liberal, conservative, libertarian, whig, or otherwise, who are paid to post on forums and in comments to affect public opinion.  There's a high likelihood there are some here, even.  I always wonder about the people who show up in every single thread no matter what time of day it is.
 
2013-10-21 01:44:13 PM
Will the book be listing their Fark names, so I can see how many I have correctly identified?
 
2013-10-21 01:45:24 PM
Well, that makes sense now... I am wondering if there are some, ummm, well known gnome-like under bridge dwellers from this site that would fit this profile...
 
2013-10-21 01:45:30 PM

organizmx: Thank God for Fox News!!!! Without it how would we keep up to date about Benghazi when the lamestream media refuses to report on it?!??!!!


I seldom watch FNC. I can't figure out if it's Andy Kaufman performance art or Paddy Chayefsky's Network  come to life.
 
2013-10-21 01:45:32 PM

Diogenes: 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."[i39.photobucket.com image 360x246]


How much does a book suck when you have to pay people to give it a neutral rating?  LOL.
 
2013-10-21 01:45:35 PM
Four former employees confirmed the practice, Folkenflik says, and he reports one employee used 20 aliases and another set up 100 sock puppet accounts.

That's why at the end of the day simply ignoring them as trolls or dismissing them as idiots isn't really an option with me.

True believer or paid propagandist, it matters not.

"Murdoch's World" sounds like it might be a good read.
 
2013-10-21 01:45:53 PM
That's it! I'm starting a... uh... list of suspects.

Fark's cool with lists, isn't it?
 
2013-10-21 01:46:04 PM
 
2013-10-21 01:46:08 PM
Astroturfing at its finest.
 
2013-10-21 01:47:00 PM
Could probably also mention the entire Tea Party organization as well.
 
2013-10-21 01:47:02 PM
Someone get skinnyhead and elchip in here to argue with themself.

That wasn't a typo.
 
2013-10-21 01:47:14 PM

karmaceutical: karmaceutical: I consider myself to be a slightly left-of-center socially-liberal fiscally-conservative libertarian leaning white male between the ages of 21-55, so I am fairly neutral when it comes to Fox news. Can someone explain to me the virtues of having a respected source of news and informed opinion like Fox News, without all the screechy tree-hugging liberal hysteria?

This is great question.


Kind of you to think your own question is a great question so much so that you'd answer it.
 
2013-10-21 01:48:10 PM

danvon: karmaceutical: karmaceutical: I consider myself to be a slightly left-of-center socially-liberal fiscally-conservative libertarian leaning white male between the ages of 21-55, so I am fairly neutral when it comes to Fox news. Can someone explain to me the virtues of having a respected source of news and informed opinion like Fox News, without all the screechy tree-hugging liberal hysteria?

This is great question.

Kind of you to think your own question is a great question so much so that you'd answer it.


that'sthejoke.jpg
 
2013-10-21 01:48:25 PM

danvon: Kind of you to think your own question is a great question so much so that you'd answer it.


Did you hear a whooshing noise just now?
 
2013-10-21 01:48:57 PM

karmaceutical: karmaceutical: I consider myself to be a slightly left-of-center socially-liberal fiscally-conservative libertarian leaning white male between the ages of 21-55, so I am fairly neutral when it comes to Fox news.  Can someone explain to me the virtues of having a respected source of news and informed opinion like Fox News, without all the screechy tree-hugging liberal hysteria?

This is great question.  Fox News provides answers to the tough questions that the liberal media is unwilling to provide.  Fox News is the only news outlet that has refused to buckle under the pressure of the continued liberalization of today's media environment.  I hope this helps.


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2013-10-21 01:49:07 PM
In China, the government pays people to do it!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Cent_Party

The 50 Cent Party are Internet commentators hired by the hired by the government of the People's Republic of China (both local and central) or the Communist Party to post comments favorable towards party policies in an attempt to shape and sway public opinion on various Internet message boards.
 
2013-10-21 01:50:07 PM
Wasn't there a similar complaint about DNC operatives doing the same thing about 6-8 years ago? I remember something about that, but I sort of glossed it over at the time.
 
2013-10-21 01:50:43 PM
But but but Soros.
 
2013-10-21 01:51:51 PM

silo123j: that'sthejoke.jpg


I'm a bit dense.

theorellior: Did you hear a whooshing noise just now?


Yep.
 
2013-10-21 01:51:53 PM
El skinny chip in the head is a (poorly written) AI program.
 
2013-10-21 01:52:20 PM

Lionel Mandrake: I am shocked - SHOCKED! - to learn that FOX may have acted with anything less than complete honesty and integrity.


You mean the company that fought in court for the "right" to be able to say things on air they knew were not true and call it "news"?
 
2013-10-21 01:53:06 PM

topcon: There have been numerous stories about this posted right here on Fark over the years. There are people, both D and R, liberal, conservative, libertarian, whig, or otherwise, who are paid to post on forums and in comments to affect public opinion.  There's a high likelihood there are some here, even.  I always wonder about the people who show up in every single thread no matter what time of day it is.



Or college credit. A while back there was a story about a class at a right wing Bible college somewhere in the U.S. that required the students to argue with liberals on online forums.
 
2013-10-21 01:53:31 PM
Here's what I don't get... sure, Liberals scorn Fox for their lyin' ways, but why aren't Conservatives ticked off as well? If I got my news from a source that I discovered was playing loose with the truth, I would be angry that they're lying to me, even though - or especially because - they share my political bent. Yet Conservatives don't seem to care about Fox's tactics. Can one of our Conservative posters explain this?
 
2013-10-21 01:54:11 PM

topcon: In China, the government pays people to do it!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_Cent_Party

The 50 Cent Party are Internet commentators hired by the hired by the government of the People's Republic of China (both local and central) or the Communist Party to post comments favorable towards party policies in an attempt to shape and sway public opinion on various Internet message boards.


The difference is that their propaganda ministry is government run, where ours is freedom loving.
 
2013-10-21 01:54:57 PM
Fox news asks hard questions: Like what causes the tide? You can't explain that!
 
2013-10-21 01:55:27 PM
As a genuine independent and critical thinker I find this unwillingness to believe in the integrity of fox news to be a manifestation of liberal group think.


//where do I get my cash for that?
 
2013-10-21 01:56:08 PM

The Why Not Guy: Here's what I don't get... sure, Liberals scorn Fox for their lyin' ways, but why aren't Conservatives ticked off as well? If I got my news from a source that I discovered was playing loose with the truth, I would be angry that they're lying to me, even though - or especially because - they share my political bent. Yet Conservatives don't seem to care about Fox's tactics. Can one of our Conservative posters explain this?


Truth doesn't matter so much when faith is involved.
 
2013-10-21 01:57:10 PM

danvon: karmaceutical: karmaceutical: I consider myself to be a slightly left-of-center socially-liberal fiscally-conservative libertarian leaning white male between the ages of 21-55, so I am fairly neutral when it comes to Fox news. Can someone explain to me the virtues of having a respected source of news and informed opinion like Fox News, without all the screechy tree-hugging liberal hysteria?

This is great question.

Kind of you to think your own question is a great question so much so that you'd answer it.


It isn't just a great question, presumably target market male; it is a greatly important question.  I couldn't sit by and let uninformed viewers ponder the answer to these kinds of questions on their own.  That is not what makes a news organization greatly important.  I had to step in to set the record straight, free of untrustworthy facts or other unprovable claim.  If you consider yourself to be a well informed citizen, you need a conduit for the Truth like Fox News.
 
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