Sunday, December 05, 2004

Liberal Bloggers Cheating And Bragging About It Updated

The blogger Wizbang is running the 2004 Weblog Awards, a completely unofficial thing where the only prize is the honor and accolades of peers. It's a totally unscientific thing meant only for fun. It didn't take long for one of the most infamous of left-wing blogs to hose it up and cheat. Posted over at the Daily Kos is the program script one of his loyal readers put up to stuff the ballot box and put Kos up over the top. You might recall Kos. He's the guy who wrote that the 4 Americans who were killed and had their bodies multilated and hung up on a bridge at Fallujah earlier this year pretty much deserved what they got and, so far as he was concerned, "screw 'em". Kos has also been a big voice and forum-provider to a number those screaming that the elections this year were defrauded. Of course, their claim has no evidence. This claim has the proof by their own hand. And feel free to keep reading if you check the link - they're proud of it.

Kos' readership is huge, make no mistake. But wide circulation doesn't make for a stellar publication and that rule applies to blogs, too. Uncontent and clearly not confident that his readers think he's the best, they have to cheat to win. Fortunately, Wizbang spotted the issue and - I'm sure Kos will appreciate the irony - there's a recount in progress with the system log being the arbiter. The script writer may be patting himself on the back for being so clever as to write a script to circumvent some non-existant security measures. However, all those votes are sent in via TCP/IP, genius. That means they have a source address. How tough do you think it is to write a script to discard all but 1 vote coming from the same IP address? Allow me to assure you: not tough at all. All this clown has done has proven themselves to be the cheating folks many of us had already concluded they are. That they're proud of it is just icing on the cake.

Screw 'em.

Hat tip: LGF

Update: Seems Kevin over at Wizbang was already prepared for this kind of event and had procedures in place to allow for the fraudlent votes to be culled. Nicely done. I noted that after the cheating was discovered, some of the conservative blog readers thought to fight fire with fire and set up scripts of their own to try to balance the scales. While I can understand their arguments just fine, I don't agree that that was the proper approach at all. To engage in the cheating themselves did nothing but spread the blame around. Kevin notes that one of those scripters repented and actually spoke with him to assist in creating the parse rule to pull the votes from the system log. If it's the one I'm thinking of, you can see the admission in the comments section of Kevin's post, written by a reader going by "dude". Not sure which of the blogs he was scripting for and it really doesn't matter. They caused a lot of work for a fellow blogger and that's just not right.