First Major League Baseball had BALCO, then the Tour de France had Lance Armstrong, now the Cincinnati Enquirer’s “TV Anchor Dream Team Tournament” is in jeopardy because of Internet bots.
John Kiesewetter, the Enquirer’s media writer, told TVSpy between Wednesday at noon and 10:30 a.m. Thursday, more than 105,000 votes were cast in the meteorologist race between Steve Horstmeyer (WXIX) and John Gumm (WKRC). For what it’s worth, according to Nielsen’s 2012-2013 rankings, Cincinnati market has 897,890 households.
A clearly frustrated Kiesewetter wrote the competition would go on despite the hacking, “I never thought that people would abuse the system. I was wrong. We don’t have a way right now to prevent autobot voting. So we’ve decided not to shut down the voting on my blog here, which ends at Thursday noon.” Read more