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

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.

We have made it easy to comment on posts, however we require civility and encourage full names to that end (first initial, last name is OK). Please read our guidelines here before commenting.