Down the memory hole!
Americans Elect plans to run the nation’s first-ever corporate privatized online national presidential nomination in just a few months, and it’s got the financial backing of a billionaire needed to make that happen. Along the way, it’s been revising its own history to fit current needs. For one example, let’s compare Americans Elect’s “Candidates” rating page just a few days ago to its “Candidates” page on this morning of December 10, 2011:
The “Candidates” page at Americans Elect has been up for a month, all the time promoting Ron Paul, Buddy Roemer, Jon Huntsman and Barack Obama as its four “Top National Matches.” It turns out that these were not actually the top four politicians in Americans Elect’s own ratings system — even though the Americans Elect ratings system was riddled with errors, presidential candidate Gary Johnson and national officeholders Allen West, Mike Pompeo, Ann Marie Buerkle, Trey Gowdy and Steve Stivers all ranked above Jon Huntsman as “Top National Matches.” But despite this, Jon Huntsman inexplicably got a “Top National Matches” placement, complete with a high-profile photograph and links to his page with suggestions for visitors to track him.
After a month of promoting these three Republicans and the current Democratic officeholder, Americans Elect has removed references to its ratings system from the “Candidates” page and now purports to list these politicians because they are the “Most Tracked.” A visitor to Americans Elect’s “Candidates” page might understandably assume that these four politicians were among the “Most Tracked” because Americans are more interested in them than other politicians. There’s not even a hint that Americans Elect has just spent a month promoting these four candidates on its website and — predictably — ending up with them as the four most highly-tracked.
A “rig” is a combination of joists, gears, and other mechanisms put together in such a way that they produce an outcome. I can’t tell you what Americans Elect corporate leaders are planning or intending, because they’ve refused to communicate with me. But I can tell you that plans and intentions aside, the Americans Elect “Candidates” page is quite a rig. It’s been put together in such a way that it’s produced the current outcome.