Monday, April 23, 2012

American Idol's Right to Manipulate Votes

Here I will prove once and for all that American Idol can manipulate the votes any way they want without penalty. This from AmericanIdol.com's FAQ:

"What's being done about power dialing?
The American Idol voting process is administered and carefully monitored by an independent vote management company. The producers, in consultation with this independent vote management company, reserve the right to remove so-called “power dialing votes” (via toll-free, AT&T Text Voting and online) that are identified as having been cast in such a significant block, either by technical enhancements or otherwise, that it could unfairly influence the outcome of the voting."

Their statement is all kinds of silly.

The "independent vote management company" is Telescope. Telescope alone should determine what are unfair votes since it is purely a technical issue. The producers of American Idol have no business being involved in the process. The fact that they are involved in the process opens the door for them to manipulate the votes any way they want.

The definition of "fair" is whatever they want it to be, therefore they can do whatever they want to do. When they "reserve the right," it means they may or may not use it, and they decide how much to use it if they do. They make their own rules. There is no risk of them getting caught cheating because they are involved in determing what are fair voting results in the first place.

This proves once and for all, that American Idol gives itself the right to manipulate the votes any way they want.

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