Beyond News Spin: The Sycophant Filter

A sycophant filter has been deployed on the Fox news website.  I’ve already pointed out how Fox producers selectively edit video testimony to tell a story that is far from the truth.  Now, we have proof that on their website, they’ve deployed bots that actively filter out comments critical of Trump, and let through comments that praise Trump.

They’ve erected a sycophant filter.

Test it for yourself.

1. Jump to the comment section of this hateful op-ed: 

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/07/12/dont-tread-on-me-trump-hating-traitors.html

Do you see any comments containing this direct quote?

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

Depending on how far the sycophant filter has evolved when you check the comments, you may or may not see this bot-evading post:

“T.his is 0b.vi0usly ver.y hig.h le.vel an.d 5en.sitive inf.ormation bu.t i.s p.art o.f Rus.sia an.d it.s g0vernm.ent’s sup.p0rt f.or M.r. Tr.ump.”

No? Despite the fact that many redditors have posted a direct quote from an email from Rob Goldstone to Don Jr., you’ll not see them anywhere. Here is the quote:

2. Create an account on the Fox news website, and post that quote

Click on the Sign In button, and choose, ‘Sign Up’. Put in your email address and follow their instructions for the remainder of your account setup. Log in, and post the following:

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” – Rob Goldstone

3. Log out, then pull up a fresh browser where you’re not logged in.

Logged in as an anonymous reader, try to find your comment. It’s not there.

4. Log back in and look at your comments.

Your comment appears now. Your comment has been ghosted. (only you can see it).

5. Or – skip the work and watch someone else expose the Fox Sycophant Filter.

In this video, reddit user u/UnconnectdeaD creates various accounts, posts pro Trump and anti-Trump posts, and shows how the sycophant filter works in real time:

As an American, I take pride in our 1st amendment. One of our fundamental freedoms is that of speech. We are supposed to live in a society free of from censorship. I take the first amendment seriously. Here, on state party TV, the sycophant filter is running amok. It’s as unAmerican as Soviet state propaganda.  Fox news is pretty much Russian state TV.

Resources:

Who is Rob Goldstone:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40567707

Dive into the Reddit Rabbit Hole here: 
https://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/6nb4w7/dems_read_trump_jrs_emails_on_house_floor/dk86v03/