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Tom Cruise and the Suspicious Parade Poll of Support / Jossip
Tom Cruise and the Suspicious Parade Poll of Support
— Tue, Apr 18, 2006 —

A week ago yesterday, Parade sent out a press release like any other, hoping to generate a little buzz for its website, which polled readers on their thoughts about Tom Cruise. We saw the same shocking statistic that Parade's editors did: 84 percent of of the 5,200 votes said the media were to blame for Cruise's "difficult year," while the majority of respondents claiming they sympathized with Cruise.

Sounded a little bit odd to us, too, except we still get dumbfounded looks from friends outside the industry when we make an aside about Tom and Katie Holmes' relationship being a sham. Maybe Americans are that gullible.

Or, as it turns out, Cruise & Co. are that sophisticated. While nobody is making the outright claim Cruise or the Church of Scientology rigged the poll, Parade says there was plenty of suspicious behavior, reported Page Six this morning. Then Parade followed up with Jossip directly, relaying this: conducted an online poll asking readers whether they thought Tom Cruise was responsible for his difficult year or whether it was the media????s fault. We were surprised when 84% of respondents said the media was to blame for his tough year and that Cruise did NOT bring his image problems on himself.

We at Parade found this a little bit fishy - so we did some investigating. We found out more than 14,000 (of the 18,000+ votes) that came in, were cast from only 10 computers! Furthermore, there was one computer responsible for nearly 8,400 votes alone, all blaming the media for Tom's troubles. We also discovered that at least two other machines were the sources of inordinate numbers of votes.

It seems these folks (whoever they may be) resorted to extraordinary measures to try to portray Tom in a positive light for the survey. There is even a chance they wrote a special "bot" program for the sole purpose of skewing the results, rather than casting the votes by hand on a computer.

Sounds like a pretty devoted group of people, don????t you think?

Which leaves us in the precarious position of applauding Cruise for a brilliant (though poorly orchestrated) attempt at PR spin and giving Parade more publicity than they probably deserve. Damn those techno-wiz Scientologists.

After the jump, the original release sent out by Parade on April 10.




April 10 ???????? New York - A surprising 84% of poll respondents say the media is to blame for Tom Cruise????????s difficult year, and that despite his antics on Oprah????????s couch and other missteps, Tom did not bring his image problems on himself. More than 5,200 votes have been cast so far, and the majority sympathize with Cruise.

Cruise appears on the cover of this week's PARADE magazine, speaking openly about his childhood, marriages and career. Cruise describes his abusive father as ???????a merchant of chaos.??????? He says, ???????He was a bully and a coward. He was the kind of person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you. It was a great lesson in my life????????how he????????d lull you in, make you feel safe and then, bang! For me it was like, ???????There????????s something wrong with this guy. Don????????t trust him. Be careful around him.???????? There????????s that anxiety.???????

Cruise????????s widely reported battle with dyslexia was the emotional basis for his current contempt for psychiatry. ???????The school took me to a psychiatrist to get tested,??????? he recalls. ???????They said, ???????Oh, he????????s dyslexic.???????? I????????m labeled. It instantly put me into confusion. It was an absolute affront to my dignity. I remember thinking, ???????I????????ve got to figure this out. What????????s normal? Am I normal? Who????????s to say what????????s normal????????? I didn????????t understand what ???????normal???????? is. It still doesn????????t make sense.???????

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