Brazen, “hot” DC journalists cheat to win Mediabistro contest

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Media credibility takes another hit: Fishbowl DC’s hottest reporter contest wasn’t on the up-and-up, reports Farhad Manjoo. “What’s surprising is not that anyone cheated — online polls are about as trustworthy as Soviet Bloc elections — but how brazen, and how easy, the cheating was,” he writes. Friends of this year’s two oh-so-hot winners built software “bots” that voted thousands of times for each of them on the Mediabistro site.

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