As our blog hits soar thanks to www.collegehumor.com, here’s the latest update on the controversy surrounding the selection of the MS Paint License plate for the State of Nebraska and the possible hoax that enabled the same. In short, something we’ve dubbed “Plategate”.
We talked to Kevin Corrigan (podcast here), the guy over at Collegehumor that started this whole thing up. He told us that his numbers indicated that over 14,000 votes (or at least link-clicks) cam from his posting on Collegehumor. He also said that he doesn’t believe that there’s any way that those votes would have come in evenly for all four plates, although he didn’t have any evidence to back that up other than the fact that the post itself called for the voters to select option #2 (the ‘barf-tastic’ one).
We also talked to Jen Rae Hein (podcast here) from the Governor’s office who said all the votes were counted, even from Collegehumor, but that they didn’t skew the results because they came in evenly between the four options.
We had a few people call in and complain that we were wasting time on a non-story. I personally found it just what the doctor ordered for a state just off dealing with gravely serious issues like abortion ultrasounds and lethal injection. But if you think we took it too far, what do you think of this site? Yeah, nothing like a little Bill Callahan pic to rile up the masses.
Seriously, though, how many people actually believe the votes from collegehumor.com came in equally between the designs? I’m not calling anyone a liar, it’s just hard to buy, given the circumstantial evidence. Are people actually upset enough about this to take action? I got the sense that no matter how many complaints the DMV or Governor receive, that this is a done deal, but I’ve certainly been wrong before.