So when Hoboken411.com posted a poll yesterday that had 1200 votes within one hour (as reported by GA reader Cheese) the odor wafting from my monitor was unmistakable.
But, how to convince YOU people that Hoboken411's operation- in truth a Mason political spin machine that sells advertising- is built on fabricated web traffic claims and is in fact, a SHAM... well, there's the rub.
Because clouds of stink do not hold up in court. One must present evidence.
Well.. GA's got some.
Let's begin with Cheese's post:
Wow! That amounts to 1 vote every 3 seconds... a spectacular response. Mind you, I don't venture over there often. But I had to check this out.
Here's the Hoboken411 poll:
So I voted- the total number claimed in the results was over 1,400 votes- then left. That was yesterday evening.
This morning I checked back. And decided to vote again, for shits and giggles. But would the 411 poll let me vote twice? Either, YES, it would accept multiple votes from a single IP address or NO, it would take only vote per IP.
The poll didn't let me vote twice.
Instead, it supplied this message:
Haw... haw... haw...
Klaussen's 'poll' assigned my IP address an ID number when I voted the first time-- voter # 145.
So why did yesterday's result's indicate over 1,400 voters if I was the 145th voter?
I'll tell you why.
Because Hoboken411.com's poll's a SHAM.
Klaussen hosts the poll and like any host, serves company what he WANTS you to 'eat'. The purpose of the poll is thus:
- to persuade you that he's (still) got great traffic
- to persuade you there's a tidal wave of anger at the administration's response to the blizzard (if he's got to FAKE it then it ain't there)
- to prime you for FUTURE polls (which will be similarly FIXED for your consumption)
Now, since Klaussen reads GA, let's see how he explains this one. Maybe the #145 message is a fake, too. 1,200 votes in under 1 hour. Right. So at that response rate he should have at least 15,000 votes by now.
Here were today's 'results':
Oh, the humanity!
In the meantime, I'm not the only one out there documenting what a SHAM that place is. Check out this post from the nj.com forum:
Now, Beth Mason, Michael Novak and any OTHER politico that partners with THAT disinformation venture... how does it feel to know that the withholding of critical emergency information such as the 911 outage is a public safety THREAT to our community?
THAT'S what you're supporting. That's what you ENDORSE with your patronage.
Because it's all about YOU. Not US, the people you purport to serve.