Results from a Tom Cruise "opinion poll" have been thrown out by Parade magazine after editors became suspicious of the overwhelming number of votes in the Cruiser's favor.
Parade's website recently asked online readers if they blamed Cruise or the media for his disastrous public relations last year. Cruise had a bad year of publicity what with his couch jumping delarations of love for Katie Holmes and his claims of expertise in psychiatry. According to the poll, a whopping 84 percent of votes blamed the media for the actor's bad press.
Parade publicist Alexis Collado told PageSix, "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-plus votes) that came in were cast from only 10 computers!"
"One computer was 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 Parade.com 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."
Cruise's spokesman insists the actor is ignorant of the survey's existence, saying, "I know nothing about the poll, so we have nothing to comment on."