koch puppets

Donald Trump. Oh no, sorry: a sock puppet.

Think Progress (March 9, 2011): Last year, Koch Industries began employing New Media Strategies, an Internet PR firm that specializes  in “word-of-mouth marketing” for major corporations … it appears that ever since the NMS contract was inked with Koch, an NMS employee began editing the Wikipedia page for “Charles Koch,” “David Koch,” “Political activities of the Koch family,” and “The Science of Success” (a book written by Charles).

Under the moniker of “MBMAdmirer,” NMS employees edited Wikipedia articles to distance the Koch family from the Tea Party movement, to provide baseless comparisons between Koch and conspiracy theories surrounding George Soros, and to generally delete citations to liberal news outlets. After administrators flagged the MBMAdmirer account as a “sock puppet” – one of many fake accounts used to manipulate new media sites – a subsequent sock puppet investigation found that MBMAdmirer is connected to a number of dummy accounts and ones owned by NMS employees like Jeff Taylor.

… Lyndsey Medsker, a senior account director for NMS, spoke to ThinkProgress today. She explained that NMS also maintains the Koch Industries Twitter page, Facebook page, and has an active team working on promoting Koch Industries in the comment section of blogs and news websites.

…New Media Strategies at one point tried to lie about its affiliation with Koch Industries. The account “MBMAdmirer” wrote in December on Wikipedia: “I am a citizen who has read about and admires the Koch family. I was not pleased with the way that they have been presented in the media. And I thought that I could come to Wikipedia to try to make sure that there are balancing facts. Nothing I do is in coordination with Koch or authorized by Koch.

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Great spot by Fred, I completely missed this story last month.

4 Responses to “koch puppets”

  1. 1 Fred
    April 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for posting this. The key comment for me is “…..an active team working on promoting Koch Industries in the comment section of blogs and news websites”.

    This should be a MUCH bigger story than it is IMHO.

    There is apparently special software one can get in addition to setting up servers all over the place to make sock puppeting much more easy and productive. One person can looks like 50-100. All appearing to come from different states or even countries.

    Turns out the Chinese gov’t is doing this and now the US Gov’t is getting in on the act. I think this is much more widespread than most people thing and based on that Koch report I am quite sure it’s very widespread on the right since they are all about astroturfing and could never match the left on grassroots.

  2. 2 Sue in Minnesota
    April 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    As many have suspected. Good to know we aren’t silly conspiracy theorists.

  3. April 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Sock puppet Donald duck Trump hilarious…

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