In a book about Fox News, Reporter David Folkenflik writes that Fox News' public relations staffers used an elaborate series of dummy accounts to fill the comments sections of critical blog posts with pro-Fox arguments.
Folkenflik's soon to be released book 'Murdoch's World' claims that Fox News' public relations staffers scores of dummy accounts that the PR people would "post pro-Fox rants" in the comments sections of "negative and even neutral" blog posts written about the network.
This does not come to anyone that runs a blog. FTVLive saw this practice for years by both Fox News and other cable nets when we allowed comments on our site.
Fake accounts are nothing new and goes right down to Anchors at local stations that do the same thing to prop themselves up while tearing down others in the station.
According to Folkenflik, the staffers at FNC used various tactics to cover their tracks, including setting up wireless broadband connections that "could not be traced back" to the network.
A former staffer told Folkenflik that they had personally used "one hundred" fake accounts to plant Fox-friendly commentary.