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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.

Shopping tips from 'Bargain Fever' by Mark Ellwood

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For the bad shoppers among us, journalist Mark Ellwood has examined the history of shopping and the current state of savvy consumers who consider paying full price passé. In his meticulously researched book Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World, Ellwood goes everywhere from upscale department store Bergdorf Goodman to the crowded aisles of a Turkish bazaar to outlet malls in Pennsylvania. Along the way, he also imparts insider tips to scoring deep discounts. Here’s just a small sample: READ FULL STORY

Greg 'The Room' Sestero's 'Disaster Artist' memoir -- EXCLUSIVE TRAILER

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What do you do when you’ve appeared in one of the worst films ever made? Why, write a book about it, of course!

Okay, so that’s not what usually happens. But there is very little which could be considered “usual” about the infamous, so-bad-it’s-amazing 2003 film The Room, one of whose stars, Greg Sestero (“Oh, hi Mark!”), has now penned a book called The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. Published by Simon & Schuster on Oct. 1 and cowritten with noted pop culture scribe Tom Bissell, the tome tracks Sestero’s involvement with The Room and his friendship with the film’s prime creative force-cum-onscreen love machine, the mercurial Tommy Wiseau.

Is it tearing you apart that you have to wait a couple of weeks before getting your hands on a copy? Then feel free to check out the trailer for The Disaster Artist below.
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Amazon announces its best books of 2013 so far

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2013 is about half over, and the books editors at Amazon have already chosen their top 10 books of the year so far, just in time for you to make a few additions to your beach bag. Unlike the film industry, there isn’t a clearly defined “prestige” season for book releases, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a lot of these titles popped up on year-end best lists as well — although there are still many highly touted titles yet to come in the fall, including ones from Donna Tartt, Amy Tan, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Marisha Pessl. Check out Amazon’s picks and snippets from EW reviews below: READ FULL STORY

Move over, Grumpy Cat! 'Pig in a Wheelchair' lands three-book deal

Turns out being grumpy isn’t the only thing that people like to see when it comes to animals. YouTube sensation Chris P. Bacon, best known as “Pig in a Wheelchair,” is a baby pig with deformed back legs who uses a custom-made wheelchair to get around. With more than 1 million views on YouTube and special appearances on the likes of the Today Show and ABC Action News, Bacon’s story will soon be coming to a shelf near you. Len Lucero, Bacon’s caretaker and designer of the wheelchair, recently signed a three-book deal with Hay House to chronicle his journey with the adorable animal.

Could Bacon be the next animal to hit the big screen?

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'Good Morning America' host Robin Roberts to write a memoir

Robin Roberts has finally returned to our television screens after taking some time off from her hosting gig at Good Morning America to undergo a bone-marrow transplant to fight myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder that was caused by previous breast cancer treatment. And now, in addition to being back at work, she is planning to write a memoir chronicling her experiences with cancer.

Reuters reports that Roberts’ memoir, published by Grand Central Publishing, will hit shelves in April of 2014. In a statement, Roberts said, “I am humbled that many have an interest, and draw strength from my ongoing journey. I’m grateful for the prayers and well wishes of so many people.”

Will you pick up her memoir?

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5 facts you didn't know about air travel from 'Cockpit Confidential' -- EXCLUSIVE

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No modern convenience is safe from a tell-all book: Kitchen Confidential and Waiter Rant lifted the veil on the restaurant biz; Heads in Beds taught you how to play the hotel industry; and now Cockpit Confidential (out today) by pilot Patrick Smith, author of Ask the Pilot, exposes facts you didn’t know you wanted to know about commercial airlines. In the book, he covers all the mysterious ins and outs of flying today, including where your airfare dollars go, the secrets behind airport security, the truth about cockpit automation, the real story on what causes delays… and what about that in-flight customer service (or lack thereof)? Everyone loves to complain about flying, so you might as well be informed about your complaints! See a few facts from the book below: READ FULL STORY

'The Orphan Master's Son' among 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners

The recipients of the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes, the highly prestigious awards administered by Columbia University each year, were announced on Monday. Honorees for the book awards include stories that range from topical tales of North Korea-U.S. relations to the timeless subject of failed marriages.

The prize for fiction went to The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, which EW gave an “A” upon its release in early 2012 and later listed among the year’s best fiction. The novel takes place in North Korea, chronicling the life of a man named Pak Jun Do, from his childhood in a state orphanage through a series of adventures and struggles amid rising tensions between North Korea and the U.S. READ FULL STORY

Margaret Thatcher biography to be released after her funeral

Margaret Thatcher made sure her legacy would live on.

Before her passing, the former British prime minister approved a biography to be released after her death. NPR reports that the biography, titled Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Volume One: Not For Turning, was written by Charles Moore and published by Allen Lane.

Allen Lane released a statement saying, “The biography was commissioned in 1997 on the understanding that it would not be published during Baroness Thatcher’s lifetime. Charles Moore was given full access to Baroness Thatcher’s private papers and interviewed her extensively.”

Thatcher’s biography will be released immediately following Thatcher’s funeral, which will take place next week.

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Legendary music biz executive Clive Davis opens up about Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, and his own bisexuality in new memoir

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It is almost easier to list the artists legendary music business executive Clive Davis hasn’t worked with than the ones he has during his half century-long career. Suffice it to say that the founder of Arista and J Records and the current chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment has overseen releases by everyone from voice-of-his-generation Bob Dylan to Milli Vanilli who, as it turned out, weren’t even the voices of themselves.

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