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Has Fox News fought criticism with fake commenter accounts?

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In a new book called Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires, author David Folkenflik — who is an NPR media reporter — writes that in the mid- to late-aughts, Fox’s PR team was tasked with countering “not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them.”

According to a book excerpt posted Sunday on progressive site Media Matters, Folkenflik even found one former Fox staffer who “recalled using 20 different aliases to post pro-Fox rants.”

“Another,” Folkenflik adds, “had one hundred.”

Allegedly, the authors of these fake comments went to great lengths to conceal their true identities. “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,” Folkenflik explains. “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.”

And the directive to fight criticism with comments apparently came from on high: “Old laptops were distributed for these cyber operations,” according to Murdoch’s World.

Folkenflik cites “four former Fox News employees” as his sources; he does not claim that current staffers are still utilizing these tactics.

Fox News has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment.

'Paddle Your Own Canoe': Nick Offerman talks manners, college life, and -- what else? -- manliness

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With his Pyramid of Greatness, woodworking prowess, and lust for bacon and eggs, Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation seems like the ultimate man: a carnivorous, all-American alpha male who can fashion rings in 20 minutes and escape all women named Tammy.

But Nick Offerman insists, despite his love of woodworking and iconic mustache, he’s nothing like his character — after all, he’s an artist who went to theater school and danced ballet, and even puts on makeup for work every day. In his new book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, he not only explores his Paul Bunyan-like image with tongue-in-cheek lessons on manliness, complete with illustrations and advice, but also offers poignant memories of his childhood growing up in Illinois and hilarious anecdotes from his career.

The actor spoke to EW about his writing process, his favorite memories, and what it truly means to be manly. Hint: No punching involved — unless it’s something to do with Jamm. READ FULL STORY

'Duck Dynasty' star Si Robertson talks 'Si-cology 1' -- EXCLUSIVE

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The big-bearded Robertson clan is turning their Duck Dynasty into a formidable publishing dynasty. Willie and Korie Robertson’s book The Duck Commander Family has been lighting up the charts for 38 weeks, and Phil Robertson’s Happy, Happy, Happy has been the biggest hit of all. Now wise-cracking Uncle Si is getting in on the publishing action with Si-Cology 1 (out today), which includes Si’s tall tales and one-liners. Check out two videos starring Si below; the first is a look inside his photo album, and the second an interview about recording the audiobook: READ FULL STORY

Drawings of 'Breaking Bad' characters as ghosts by Doogie Horner -- EXCLUSIVE

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Comedian, writer and designer Doogie Horner, who reinterpreted the spooky icon as different pop culture characters in 100 Ghosts, his book of drawings, has created a series of new ones just for Breaking Bad. Horner explores these ghosts for characters both dead and alive on the hit drama and even makes Heisenberg look downright innocent as a hovering white sheet.

“Why are people afraid of ghosts? I think it’s because ghosts say ‘boo,’ and people are afraid of criticism, but also because ghosts live in graveyards and are sometimes filled with spiders,” Horner writes in his introduction to 100 Ghosts. “But ghosts are just dead people, and most people are nice.” Just not Walter White, of course. READ FULL STORY

Unaired 'Borgias' series finale to be released as e-book

Showtime announced via Twitter that the recently canceled period drama The Borgias will receive a proper ending in text form with the release of The Borgia Apocalypse to major e-book retailers this week. The e-book is based on show creator Neil Jordan’s original script for the two-hour series finale.

The series, which ended this June in its third season, chronicled the insatiable appetites and devious ambitions of the Borgia family led by Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI. Fans of the departed cable series who were left wondering what happened next for Pope Alexander, lovers/siblings Lucrezia and Cesare, or assassin Micheletto need not look at another Wikipedia entry about the infamous historical dynasty for a sense of closure.

Will you pick up a copy of The Borgia Apocalpyse? Sound off in the comments below!

Robert Galbraith offered TV deals and other details from J.K. Rowling's FAQ section

J.K. Rowling may not be happy to have been outed as the true author behind pseudonym Robert Galbraith and his detective novel debut The Cuckoo’s Calling. But with increased sales and a barrage of media attention, Rowling decided to speak out about her latest work, releasing a new Frequently Asked Questions section on Robert Galbraith’s official website.

Here are five of the most interesting tidbits to come out of Rowling/Galbraith’s FAQ answers: READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies' showrunner's debut novel to take place on steampunk Pangea

Remi Aubuchon announced last month that he is stepping down from his post as showrunner for TNT’s Falling Skies before the expected fourth season in order to focus on his debut novel. The TV job was simply “all-consuming” and left little time for writing a novel.

Ahead of the alien-invasion show’s season 3 premiere tomorrow, Aubuchon provided some details about the yet-untitled book: It will take place in a steampunk civilization on a Pangea-like supercontinent. “It imagines a world in which there’s one solid continent, but it’s in the middle of breaking up, so that’s causing a lot of havoc, [including] political havoc,” Aubuchon explains. READ FULL STORY

See the trailer for Jason Mott's white-hot debut 'The Returned' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Poet Jason Mott’s upcoming novel The Returned has a good chance of being one of the breakout debuts of the year. In addition to garnering rave pre-publication reviews, it’s been adapted into a TV pilot starring Omar Epps, which has been picked up for series by ABC. The Returned is the story of what happens when people start returning to their loved ones from the beyond. When Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s son Jacob, who died on his eighth birthday in 1966, appears on their doorstep, they can’t agree on whether they boy is real or a wondrous imitation. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse.

Check out the trailer for The Returned below! READ FULL STORY

Jason Segel to write 'Nightmares!' book series

We always knew that Muppet lover and Dracula musical writer Jason Segel was a giant kid at heart, and now he’s planning to tell stories directly aimed at a very young audience. Random House announced this morning that the How I Met Your Mother star will be releasing a middle-grade series called Nightmares!, co-written by The Eternal Ones author Kirsten Miller. The first book is scheduled for release Fall 2014.

Nightmares! is an adventure story about a group of kids who realize it’s up to them to save their town from fear, which has manifested itself in the form of nightmare creatures that have slipped into the everyday world.

“Ultimately, it’s a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try,” said Segel in a press release. “These are the types of stories that always inspired me.”

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Read more:
‘How I Met Your Mother’ star Josh Radnor to write memoir
Neil Patrick Harris announces memoir: ‘My plan is to reprint Tina Fey’s Bossypants’

'Top of the Morning' by Brian Stelter: Read EW's review of the buzzed-about morning show expose

In the April 21 New York Times Sunday Magazine, reporter Brian Stelter refashioned his book about the morning-show wars, Top of the Morning, into a juicy article detailing “Operation Bambi” — NBC’s plan to dump Ann Curry as host of Today before the 2012 Olympics. Go read it. It’s terrific. The problem with Morning is the other 275 pages. READ FULL STORY

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