To whom it may concern, if anybody, at NBC News:
A while back on "The Good Wife" there was an episode about a web site that paid people to stir up controversy and outrage on forums like Newsvine. The premise was this causes more hits and hence, more revenue from ads. Later, computer software was deemed capable of such antics.
So I'm guessing, based on the manner in which the loudest members have the least to say on Newsvine, that it is highly likely Newsvine and/or staff employ such techniques. Several regular Newsvine "posters" seem totally incapable of following a conversation or citing anything factual. Ever.
Is NBC news employing computer programs or paying people to create controversy and outrage on Newsvine for the sole purpose of generating higher profits? Can you confirm or deny my allegations? Or will a total lack of ethics keep you silent on this issue?
Pxxxxn7 has posted almost 40,000 times. You would expect us to believe he does this for free? That he's real? What is his incentive? Assuming he's is a real person, it would take quite a while to post 40,000 times. JxxxxxKxxxnn is totally incoherent, as if his remarks were created by a random number generator used to access a vast array of stored political comments and cliches that most certainly don't have anything to do with the subject. Or perhaps you have kids earning minimum wage pretending they know what they're talking about, when they clearly have as much knowledge of political events as any child would typically accumulate.
It's not like NBC is truly any better than other "news" websites. The stories are partisan, far less than objective, sometimes so biased even the most naive catch on. Clearly NBC is dealing sensationalism instead of practicing journalism. Some headlines are so ridiculous, petty, and unimportant, really flat out desperate, that if I could find where Edward R Murrow is buried I would hook him up to a generator; he's spinning so fast I would never have to buy electricity again. This is not meant to be humor, just as Comedy Central never means to deliver news more accurately than NBC or Fox. And yet it does.
Which says what about this site and its management? Keep in mind that unlike what politicians do, lie constantly to create a belief, it will be your silence that says the most about how NBC works.
Deeply disappointed at the state of US journalism.
**Follow up** To nobody's surprise NBC News has failed to respond to my accusations. The silence is deafening.