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.
We made a bad mistake by reporting a story based on poor research that was not true.
Fox News, after being calledout for reporting a story that they pulled from satire website National Report . Based on this fake story, Fox initially claimed, “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture” during the shutdown.
This is about media as well. These poll numbers are about a totally different media culture than we’ve had in the past…we need to start covering this story not 50/50 — this much on this side, that on the other — we need to cover it factually
UPDATE:The Justice Department’s Amber Alert website AmberAlert.gov has been restored. In a tweet, a spokesperson from the Department explained that at “no point has AmberAlert system been interrupted during shutdown. to prevent confusion, informational DOJ site has been restored”