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Forum Post: New Media Strategies

Posted 2 years ago on Dec. 7, 2011, 6:46 p.m. EST by Lockean (671) from New York, NY
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They are here in force, representing the Kochs.

Last year, Koch Industries began employing New Media Strategies (NMS), an Internet PR firm that specializes in “word-of-mouth marketing” for major corporations including Coca-Cola, Burger King, AT&T, Dodge and Ford. 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.

In a bid to undo a Wikipedia-imposed ban, the MBMAdmirer account now acknowledges that it works for Koch Industries. The tactics used by Koch’s PR firm clearly violate the ethics rules laid out by Wikipedia against sock puppet manipulation.

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Soren Dayton, a GOP operative and executive at New Media Strategies, is reported to be the contact for Koch Industries at NMS. Reached by phone yesterday by ThinkProgress, Dayton exclaimed, “I’m not going to talk about this, thanks,” before hanging up. 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.

http://crooksandliars.com/karoli/new-media-strategies-get-yer-koch-sock-pupp

theaveng and several others come to mind:

And I have no idea who the Koch brothers are or why I'm supposed to hate them. Did they kill people? Overthrow governments like George Soros did???

A fatal flaw of the Occupy movement is that you speak as if everyone should "just know" that the Koch Brothers are evil, but you never explain WHY they are evil. If it's because their opinion is different than yours (i.e. they don't believe in climate change), that doesn't mean they are evil.....

“The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist.” ― Charles Baudelaire

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[-] 1 points by shooz (17749) 2 years ago

What you are describing is multi-pronged marketing/PR.

I'm well aware of it, and it is extremely effective.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

In a bid to undo a Wikipedia-imposed ban, the MBMAdmirer account now acknowledges that it works for Koch Industries. The tactics used by Koch’s PR firm clearly violate the ethics rules laid out by Wikipedia against sock puppet manipulation.


Which is why, people should not rely on Wikipedia. Ever.

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[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

Read this and weep on the other "not so much news, media outlets" http://www.progressive.org/scandals_and_recalls_rock_scott_walkers_wisconsin.html

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34977) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Interesting article. I just pray that the good people of Wisconsin continue to stand by their guns and are successful in regaining control of their state government. Go Wisconsin, show the rest of us what can be done when united in common cause for good.

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

I agree. Go Wisconsin!!! Don't give up or give in.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (34977) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Wisconsin lead us all by example. Keep up the good fight.

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