The controversy keeps mounting up and yet another mainstream entertainment medium has been embroiled in a plot to fleece the unsuspecting public and contributors of their hard earned goodwill.
Following on from the BBC, GMTV and ITV phone-in scandals - where viewers have been encouraged to call premium rate telephone numbers to vote for something that has already been decided, the top satirical website TheSpoof.com has been accused of a number of unsavoury practices to fool the general public.
Amongst the many duplicitous practices are:
- Valid points not being registered
- Voters rating stories after the deadline has passed
- Writers colluding with other writers to rate each others stories
- Writers deliberately giving competitors 1 star on articles that are very funny
- Writing articles about Vanessa Hudgens, Britney Spears or Ron Paul (whoever he is)
The controversy came to light when famous but reclusive American author, Thomas Pynchon, raised these foul practices with TheSpoof.com. Pynchon, who only ever writes one book a decade and is accused of being 'too clever for his own good' is disgusted at the systematic abuses of the TheSpoof.com culture.
Another contributor, Noshing Mink, then got the blame for making these accusations and was told in a heated exchange, that he stunk. Mink, who in reality is very fragrant, has since disappeared from the pages of TheSpoof.com.
TheSpoof.com administrator and all-round top bloke Mark Lowton commented, "I don't see what all the fuss is about. Writers don't earn any money from points so why fake them? Some of them haven't quite grasped this concept have they?"
We spoke to a randomly chosen writer who told us. "I've got over 2000 points and I can't wait to receive my cheque. What? There's no money! I'm going to Watchdog!"