Most thinking people (about ten percent of the American public) knows Faux News Channel is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party, and an even larger percentage of folks realize that what's reported on Faux News has very little to do with reality. A network that likes to boast about being "Fair and Balanced" is notoriously anything but.
But if you've ever had the unpleasant experience of trying to leave a comment about the partisan hackery of Faux News in an on-line forum, you've probably noticed that a great many people seem eager to defend that network with harsh remarks about anyone who speaks out against that cable news network. In fact, for every comment that bashes Faux, you can almost count on two or three responses praising their "unbiased" reporting of news the "lame stream media" won't report.
As it turns out, a great many of those comments singing the praises of Rupert Murdoch's propaganda machine are actually written by paid operatives of Faux News Channel. He and his corporate cronies are so concerned about negative press that they PAY PEOPLE TO COUNTER THOSE COMMENTS.
According to an article in Mother Jones (via Media Matters), author David Folkenflik's new book "Murdoch's World" details the extent to which that paranoid old man goes to counter negative comments in blogs, newspapers, and magazines:
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.
Not content to let their massive audience speak for them, they pay employees of Faux News Corp to falsify identities and disguise email URL addresses in their efforts to promote their own propaganda machine.
Maybe Faux News' claims of being the most popular cable news network are just more of the same self-promoting bullshit.