The Pardu

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fox Reported To Hire "Paid Bloggers" For Positive Comments! Why Not The GOP Did Same!

After then Senator Barack Obama declared his intent to run for the US presidency, Right-wing media operatives and "paid" internet dirty tricksters deluged cyber space with lies, false statements, satire aimed at character assassination and other dirty tricks beyond the scope of human decency. As candidate Obama moved closer to winning the nomination over Hillary Clinton, it became obvious the internet would become a battle-front.  It took little time to realize the everyday and all day AOL message boards were littered with people who worked 24/7 for someone. The screen names were on the boards all day every day. 

As issues become 'hot' on the campaign trial, we could literally see flocks of Right-wing message board regulars moving between articles to spew their garbage and vitriol. Each GOP "Paid" Blogger appeared to posses canned talking-points, along with reams of argument-point data, and they maintained a consistent air of bigotry and racism to make their points. Some of the Right-wing message board denizens appeared to use the same screen name while exhibiting various writing styles, uses of lexicon, and various colloquialisms. It is virtually impossible, unless one is an actor or comedian, to completely stay in lexicon and colloquialism character for hours. It was an observation that would have gone completely unnoticed except the changes in lexicon and writing styles would coincide with what appear to be rotating shifts. In different terms, the same screen name would exhibit completely different and varying communications styles over a one hour period.

The dynamic became a running joke among progressive message board denizens as we experienced increasingly  horrid vitriol increase as we drew closer to November 2012. Just after Barack Obama won the nomination the vitriol increased to the point of outright obscene, racist and socially indignant. We begin to recognize that the person arguing an hour ago under a certain screen names became an all-out different personality with associated vulgarity. Vulgarity missing from the argument 30 minutes prior.  I will never forget a comment during a heated exchange.  The comment was from a person who was not actively involved in a point-counter-point: "White people in America will never elect a nigger as president."  Within the previous hour someone with that same screen name had argued intelligently and almost effectively the salient points of the US Constitution relative to original construct vs evolutionary intent over the centuries. From deep visceral argument about the US Constitution, to (same screen name) use of the "N" word after what appeared a completely change in argument opponent! The paid bloggers reminded of the subterfuge out of times past via the GOP.

The GOP learned much from Richard Nixon's, Committee to Re-Elect The President-C.R.E.E.P. team. Dirty tricks and subterfuge works. It is particularly effectively when applied in an environment wrought with potential for social discord such as the election of the nation's first African-American president. The GOP learned much and has literally developed dirty-tricks to the point of effectiveness in restricting the vote via voter suppression. The party on the Right goes about its business and it seems the party's propaganda network may have adopted the internet "screen-name army"' methodology.

Fox News serves well as the broadcast voice of the GOP.  We have clear and repeated evidence of Fox New delivers quasi-political entertainment to sycophant viewers. The network has actually stepped-up the use of outright lies to deliver anti-administration propaganda and appears to one reporter to have established an elaborate internet account "army" to combat negative stories about Fox.

David Folkenflik, NPR reporter, has written about a similar "Internet account army" in his soon to be released book Murdoch's World. Folkenflik wrote about an elaborate system of dummy internet accounts to fill post comment boxes with positive comments. Either comments to promulgate a positive perception of the associated article or, and probably more prevalent, to counter negative comment from others.

In a chapter focusing on how Fox utilized its notoriously ruthless public relations department in the mid-to-late 00's, Folkenflik reports that Fox's PR staffers would "post pro-Fox rants" in the comments sections of "negative and even neutral" blog posts written about the network. According to Folkenflik, the staffers 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:
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] 
Is there anything the American Right will not do to facilitate development of a an ultra-conservative plutocracy?

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