Scandal! Last Tuesday night, “representatives of AT&T,” a corporate sponsor of American Idol, may have provided free cell phones and free text-messaging service at two Arkansas parties at which fans of Kris Allen were in attendance, according to an explosive story in today’s New York Times. Just how deep does this conspiracy run? Says an AT&T spokesman: “In Arkansas, we were invited to attend the local watch parties organized by the community. A few local employees brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested.” Assuming that by “small number” he means “several million” and by “texting tutorials” he means that these diabolical retail employees were somehow able to disconnect the cell-phone service of all Adam Lambert fans in a dozen large cities, this still probably wouldn’t have had any impact on a vote that was reportedly not even close anyway. Explosive!
AT&T May Have Swayed ‘Idol’ Results [NYT]