DWTS Mired in 'Bristolgate'
ABC swears safeguards prevent vote fraud
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2010 5:15 AM CST
Bristol Palin struts her stuff.   (AP Photo/ABC, Adam Larkey)

(Newser) – The brouhaha over the recent vote isn't going away, and we're not talking midterm elections—but dancing. Bristol Palin's head-scratching elevation to the finals of Dancing With the Stars is still triggering outraged cries of indignation and vote-rigging (and a blasted TV set), with several critics charging that Tea Partiers used fake email addresses to flood the ballot box in favor of the chief grizzly's cub. "Who knows if the process is ideal?" said the program's executive producer.

"But the voting is exactly the same" as it's always been, he added. "I wish they could take a deep breath and get some perspective." Network officials are standing by the vote results. Safeguards exist to prevent vote fraud, but they refused to reveal what those safeguards are, reports the Los Angeles Times. One thing's for certain, the final dance-off will be a doozie. Even Rush Limbaugh is now in on the act, warning Tea Party supporters to be ready for an angry backlash again Bristol. "The left is miserable; they're fit to be tied over this!" crowed Limbaugh. "I love it!"

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Nov 20, 2010 9:39 PM CST
I am a member of Team Sarah. So I'm angry at this accusation of vote-rigging. So I have one thing to say to the accusers: Prove It. And I don't mean liberals wanting opinions, accusations, convenient omission of facts, twisting facts, and outright lies to be evidence like liberals have done a gazillion times in the past (such as claiming Sarah Palin is a stupid slut diva witch that goes around hurting people's lives just for the meanness of it), but genuine, rock-solid evidence that either a truly neutral outside party or an opposing party can truly cross examine. We've been around and around the basic argument for years. Under Bill Clinton's administration, Bible-believing Christians were accused of being Christian Mafia against homosexuals. Bill Clinton's administration had to eat crow publicly, admitting they found no such evidence. Now under Barack Obama's administration, Bible-believing Christians are accused of being gun-toting terrorists against anyone disagreeing with them. When will liberals finally understand that all their accusations along this line are baseless, that liberals say these things because the liberals themselves making these accusations are the ones prejudiced against anyone who dares disagree against them?
Nov 18, 2010 6:42 PM CST
Whoever cares about this nonsense should have their head examine and/or stop and take a self evaluation on maybe they're watching TV just a little too much. I don't want to see Sarah Palin running 4 President and that's a whole other story but this craziness over Bristol winning or not and who the best dancer on a TV show is insane. It's time to throw out the TV and get a life!
Nov 18, 2010 4:25 PM CST
If this had happened two weeks BEFORE the election, we might have had a different result. Pissing off the Black community is a great way to get them to the polls, and this "democratic" vote is seen as racist by many. Keep it up, right wingers, and be sure to insult Shakira right before the 2012 election.