I came across this by way of Seth Godin who very correctly makes two important points.
A web poll is nothing but a traffic stunt.
Which makes this note from Allen Wastler at CNBC so ridiculous. They ran a gimmicky poll, the results didn’t turn out the way they wanted so they took it down and snarkily blamed those that voted in the poll.
Here here. See my web polls for proof of the first.
A couple of excerpts from Allen Wastler’s letter:
Our poll was either hacked or the target of a campaign.
The target of a campaign…absolutely. I thought that’s what Paul was running here. If you were hacked, you need to beef up your security. However, I highly doubt you were. First of all, if you were, you’d have facts that prove it, not just speculation. Secondly, the last thing you’d do is admit it. That would make you look stupid. Not as stupid as saying that it happened with no proof, but stupid nonetheless.
You folks are obviously well-organized and feel strongly about your candidate and I can’t help but admire that.
But since we don’t support the candidate(s) your large media corporation likes, it doesn’t really matter? I’ve heard there was a time in this country when people were actually encourage to passionately follow and support ideas that will affect their lives and the direction of the country. I guess CNBC is glad those days are over.