In a recent poll conducted by Parade.com, the magazine asked its readers if the media was to blame for Tom Cruise’s public relations nightmare. A staggering 84 percent blamed the media. Alexis Collado, a Parade publicist, also found this number to be just a bit suspicious:
We at Parade found this a little bit fishy, so we did some investigating. We found out more than 14,000 (of the 18,000-plus votes) that came in were cast from only 10 computers! One computer was responsible for nearly 8,400 votes alone, all blaming the media for Tom’s troubles. We also discovered that at least two other machines were the sources of inordinate numbers of votes. It seems these folks (whoever they may be) resorted to extraordinary measures to try to portray Tom in a positive light for the Parade.com survey.”
Although I appreciate their enthusiam, did they have to get all cocky and go for 84 percent? That would obviously sound suspicious, like Jake Gylenhaal on a date with a girl and her brother.