Off The Pond doesn’t make a habit of breaking news. But when the blog stumbled* upon San Jose Mercury News’ college football writer Jon Wilner’s AP voting notes, it was compelled to publish them. The insight into the process is ground breaking.
We presented the document to Wilner to verify accuracy. The following exchange took place:
Wilner: OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD! Is this going to be on your blog? Are people going to read about me? Do you think there’ll be a link?
OTP: Calm down and no, we’re not linking to you.
Wilner: What are you doing then?
OTP: We’re presenting your ballot notes to the public and giving you a chance to say something that makes sense before it goes live.
Wilner: Just so I’m clear, people will read my name and find out how much smarter I am than everyone else who votes?
OTP: Yeah, sure.
Wilner: That’s good enough for me. Have at it.
While the blog has taken a stance against linking to Wilner’s drivel, his poll, currently being voted as week four’s worst, can be seen at pollspeak.com. A summary of all Oregon votes can be seen here.
*Stumbled is a funny word and doesn’t fully describe the experience of driving eight hours one way to a newspaper’s office with the sole intent of rummaging through the trash to find incriminating evidence on an AP college football voter. It also doesn’t fully capture the use of Photoshop in the absence of desired evidence.