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Dancing Producer Responds to Voting Controversy (Free Republic, Jim Robinson in People Magazine!)
People ^ | Friday, November 19, 2010 | Monica Rizzo and Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

Posted on 11/19/2010 4:07:33 PM PST by kristinn

The million-dollar question among Dancing with the Stars fans these days? How did Bristol Palin make it into the season 11 finals?

"She deserves it," DWTS executive producer Conrad Green tells PEOPLE. "And a significant portion of our viewing audience believes that, too."

SNIP

Speculation has arisen about whether members of the Tea Party, many of whom strongly support Bristol's mom Sarah Palin, are involved in an organized effort to promote Bristol.

On one conservative Web site, Freerepublic.com, some of the site's 300,000 registered users have recently used discussion threads to encourage votes for Bristol. One asked users to "make liberal heads explode and vote for Bristol" on Nov. 8 to advance her to the semi-finals.

But Jim Robinson, who founded the site, says there is no larger plan at work. "An organized conspiracy? I sincerely doubt that," he told PEOPLE. "The Tea Party's not that organized!"

And Green agrees that there's no stuffing of the virtual ballot-box, saying that the entire process – text votes, call-in votes and email votes – "is all overseen by the Broadcast Standards team, independent of us and the network to make sure that everything is absolutely done scrupulously."

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(Excerpt) Read more at people.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bristol; bristolpalin; dwts; freerepublic; geraldorivera; jimrobinson; jimthompson; monicarizzo; peoplemagazine; sandrawestfall
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To: roses of sharon; Dr. Scarpetta
How many usually post there?

Many LURKERS also! (like me)

201 posted on 11/19/2010 10:17:52 PM PST by b9 (P rinciple A uthenticity L eadership I ntegrity N ational pride)
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To: Jim Robinson

Love your quote Jim. *Anytime* Conservatives land in the pages of the propagandists, it makes liberal heads explode. We’re supposed to be second class citizens and remain quiet!


202 posted on 11/19/2010 10:32:10 PM PST by SeattleBruce (We voted - NOW we fight against vote fraud! Tea Party like it's 1773! Pray 2 Chron. 7:14!)
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To: kristinn; Jim Robinson; onyx; Dr. Scarpetta
I can't decide which is funnier...

That People Magazine is lurking on FR, or
That People Magazine is printing quotes from FR threads, or
That People Magazine interviewed Jim about this, or
That People Magazine actually believes it's a TP conspiracy, or
That People Magazine just gave FR a buttload of free advertising, or
That liberal heads really ARE exploding

I know it's the most fun I've had on FR in a long time. Let's FReep the vote next week!

203 posted on 11/19/2010 10:38:21 PM PST by lonevoice (I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.)
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To: lonevoice; kristinn; Jim Robinson; Dr. Scarpetta

Well, now that you’ve laid it out like that I am LOL too.
Jim’s getting pinged to our DWTS thread on Monday, so the fun really starts then...lol.

800-868-3407


204 posted on 11/19/2010 10:57:38 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

This is ALL your fault, you know? :)


205 posted on 11/19/2010 11:34:39 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: Jim Robinson

ah yes, love the sound of heads exploding in the morning, hmmm...sounds like a hundred yards of bubble paper......


206 posted on 11/19/2010 11:35:37 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Mama Shawna; All

Ok, I’m in on this too. What to I do? Watch and dial in a number? I don’t text, so how do I vote?


207 posted on 11/20/2010 12:56:50 AM PST by WakeUpAndVote
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To: JouleZ

There are a lot of online resources to show what various Tea Parties are really doing. It’s very local, and some are more organized than others.


208 posted on 11/20/2010 3:46:24 AM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: roses of sharon
who would have thought your little thread would be at the center of a national conspiracy! How many usually post there? About 10 regulars? And 5 snivelers a night who pop in to say how stupid we all are for watching this stupid show, lol! Soooooo funny!

We thought we were in own little DWTS world. I posted the threads in CHAT, not NEWS...:)

209 posted on 11/20/2010 4:57:12 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: onyx
Be sure to ping LostInBayport to Monday’s thread!! 800-868-3407

Will do!

210 posted on 11/20/2010 5:01:13 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: onyx

Hey! They didn’t call us a “blog”!


211 posted on 11/20/2010 5:13:28 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: BenLurkin
You can count me as one FReeper who hasn’t voted and won’t be voting for anyone on that show.I don’t watch it, and besides — I’m too lazy to dial the number.

Same here. Hardly ever watch the show.

212 posted on 11/20/2010 5:28:25 AM PST by 3catsanadog (If healthcare reform is passed, 41 years old will be the new 65 YO.)
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To: MrEdd

You know, I think you’re right. I might vote ONCE. I doubt seriously that FRpers would waste their time voting several times for Bristol.

I admit, I did want her to survive the first round...but now? I don’t know. Clearly, she’s tired, she wants off, she expected to lose, she’s hanging in there with a popular dance partner.

I think it shows that Americans love an underdog.

But, if Jennifer does “The Time of My Life” I’ll probably vote for her.

Not easy someone her age to do what she’s done.


213 posted on 11/20/2010 5:32:32 AM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for the big -24 today and -27 by the end of the month.)
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To: kristinn

:)Next he’ll be at the finals with Sarah and Todd.
Found this,
White Powder Sent To ‘Dancing With The Stars’
http://www.thebostonchannel.com/entertainment/25859413/detail.html


214 posted on 11/20/2010 5:33:58 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: onyx

Is that Bristol’s number?


215 posted on 11/20/2010 5:36:28 AM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for the big -24 today and -27 by the end of the month.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

We are having too much fun:)


216 posted on 11/20/2010 5:37:14 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima
I've never watched the show, so I don't have a dog in this hunt, but a recent contestant's name rang a bell. From last year...

Brandy Settles With Motorist Over Fatal Crash

217 posted on 11/20/2010 5:42:13 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, how's that Lockerbie bomber deal investigation coming along?)
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To: mewzilla

Thanks mewzilla.


218 posted on 11/20/2010 5:52:11 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima
FWIW, I wonder if that might have had something to do with the voting results.
219 posted on 11/20/2010 5:55:17 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, how's that Lockerbie bomber deal investigation coming along?)
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To: mewzilla

Absolutely plus she has very little fan base because she has been off the scene except for bad press.


220 posted on 11/20/2010 6:05:15 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: WakeUpAndVote

I did it online. . I’m not sure when voting starts each week, I just do it when show is over: http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars


221 posted on 11/20/2010 6:06:14 AM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: fatima

White Powder Sent To Bristol Palin
http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/entertainment/112010-white-powder-sent-to-bristol-palin


222 posted on 11/20/2010 6:17:06 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima
We are having too much fun:)

Exactly right!

223 posted on 11/20/2010 6:18:32 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: mnehring

I did! I got on DWTS Facebook page and said VOTE FOR BRANDY!! Then I put Bristol”s number beside it to call.....

and talk about the hate mail I got.... apparently they are mindless followers, b/c one person told me I owe her a vote....she fell for it....she wanted me to call Brandy’s number to even it out for me fooling her into voting for Bristol.... hahhahahaha I told her “sure thing” hehehhe


224 posted on 11/20/2010 6:22:25 AM PST by DrewsMum
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To: kristinn
One change Green is contemplating is extending the voting hours following the Monday, Nov. 22 performance show, the first of season 11's two-night finale. That way, Green says, "given all the fuss, we have a bit more time for people to vote so everyone gets a chance to have their say."

Typical liberals, change the rules mid-stream. Leave the voting hours open longer......grrrr!

225 posted on 11/20/2010 6:24:06 AM PST by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: kristinn

I didn’t know FR was up to 300,000 members. That is quite impressive in itself.


226 posted on 11/20/2010 6:31:07 AM PST by gore_sux (Al Franken - Preferred by Minnesota Educated Somali Pirates and Suicide Bombers Everywhere)
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To: kristinn

Great free publicity!


227 posted on 11/20/2010 6:56:34 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: kristinn

I would have to think by this time, that Lib sites are asking people to vote against our girl in the final?

I would be surprised if this is not the case for the final.


228 posted on 11/20/2010 7:21:56 AM PST by Friendofgeorge (SARAH 2012 OR BUST)
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To: kristinn

Why thank you for this. Haven’t watched one episode of DWS, too busy on the ranch. Now that there’s a FR/TP conspiracy, I think I’ll start voting. Like someone else said, I’m using every freaking phone on the farm and voting till my fingertips bleed. By the way, where is a photo of Jim Robinson? I haven’t been weak in the knees for while...


229 posted on 11/20/2010 7:22:49 AM PST by LadyShires
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Just look for the DWTS thread on Monday night, posted by Dr. Scarpetta I believe. The phone number is posted multiple times on this thread. Basically you just call the number, and if you get through, it registers your vote. I think each phone # can vote five times (which means 20 votes for me!).


230 posted on 11/20/2010 8:13:15 AM PST by Mama Shawna
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To: Palladin

You know that Palin is Vote for the Worst’s pick, don’t you? All those nutty VFTW airheads have been voting for her for weeks now?


231 posted on 11/20/2010 8:32:00 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: kristinn

I knew the fix was in when Margaret Chow was voted off.


232 posted on 11/20/2010 8:36:31 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Defund National Peoples Radio!! Democrats are for free speech. Just not for you.)
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To: LadyShires
By the way, where is a photo of Jim Robinson?

People Magazine missed the boat by not publishing this picture of Jim with their article...

Photobucket

233 posted on 11/20/2010 9:25:14 AM PST by lonevoice (I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.)
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To: MrEdd

RE: “How many people here would really take time to vote on a celebrity dance contest?

On the DBM threads a fair number of us havn’t owned a television in years.”

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Certainly not me! I never watch that show and if I did, I would not be voting — just not something I do — I’ve watched American Idol a time or two but never voted.

Agree there are few on FR who would spend their time trying to vote for Bristol Palin — or anyone else — on this show — nothing wrong with it, but it’s not something most on FR would likely bother with, I’m sure.


234 posted on 11/20/2010 9:59:01 AM PST by CaliforniaCon
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To: lonevoice

Awesome picture! Jim Robinson rocks!


235 posted on 11/20/2010 12:12:25 PM PST by Boardwalk
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To: onyx; Dr. Scarpetta
If either of you good ladies know how to make photoshop caption-types of things, that picture of Sarah and Jim might make a cool addition to the Bristol finale thread on Monday. Sarah could be saying something like, "Remember to vote for Bristol", and Jim could be saying "You betcha!"


236 posted on 11/20/2010 12:37:14 PM PST by lonevoice (I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.)
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To: kristinn
I've never watched DWTS, although I've seen all Bristol's dances via net film clips.

Can someone post how to vote for Bristol from a regular phone, what the number is and when the next night to vote for her will be.

I'm sure many others here want to know, also. Thanks in advance,

Leni

237 posted on 11/20/2010 12:41:37 PM PST by MinuteGal (FIRE ERIC HOLDER! IMPEACH OBAMA!.....NOW...Before they Destroy the U.S,)
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To: mnehring
“it doesn't make it a conspiracy”
If the Republicans or Conservatives are behind it, it's a conspiracy. If the Democrats or Liberals are behind it, it's just the right thing to do.
I am one of the millions who have voted for Palin to advance in DWTS. But on the final show, the liberal judges will have the final vote and crown Jennifer Gray the winner. I wouldn't be disappointed if Jennifer won, I'm a huge fan of Derek, her pro.
238 posted on 11/20/2010 12:42:09 PM PST by Nitehawk0325 (I have the right to remain silent, but I lack the ability...........)
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To: MinuteGal

VOTING — HOW IT WORKS:

During the live shows, judges will give a score based on several factors, including technical execution. But the judges’ scores alone do not decide a couple’s fate.

Phone lines, text votes (AT&T customers only) & online polls will open at the top of each performance show so that viewers can vote for their favorites. Phone & text lines will stay open for 30 minutes after the end of the show. Online voting will remain open until 11am (Eastern Time) the next day.

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas 800-868-3407

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/about-voting


239 posted on 11/20/2010 12:44:41 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Thanks, Doc.

Leni

240 posted on 11/20/2010 12:46:35 PM PST by MinuteGal (FIRE ERIC HOLDER! IMPEACH OBAMA!.....NOW...Before they Destroy the U.S,)
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To: MinuteGal

You’re welcome!


241 posted on 11/20/2010 12:50:03 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: mnehring

The ones that don’t vote at all are the largest conspiracy!
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242 posted on 11/20/2010 12:56:51 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Please ping me on Monday!
243 posted on 11/20/2010 1:11:19 PM PST by Alice in Wonderland
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To: Alice in Wonderland

Sure thing!


244 posted on 11/20/2010 1:28:48 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: nikos1121

On different threads, several people have written about calling/emailing in many votes. Although it’s just a silly tv show/popularity contest, why does that make it okay to cheat or encourage cheating? How is this moral?


245 posted on 11/20/2010 3:01:52 PM PST by TexNewMex
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To: paulycy

Making "the world's most interesting man" look boring since 19XX...

246 posted on 11/20/2010 3:49:50 PM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: TexNewMex

“On different threads, several people have written about calling/emailing in many votes. Although it’s just a silly tv show/popularity contest, why does that make it okay to cheat or encourage cheating? How is this moral?”

__________________________________

Here are the official voting rules posted at abc:

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/about-voting

Maybe I’m missing something but I see no rule here that’s been violated by those who’ve cast lots of votes. On the contrary, abc seems to be actively encouraging individuals to cast many votes.


247 posted on 11/20/2010 5:20:19 PM PST by onthelookout777
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To: All

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas - Waltz - Week 9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhe-UTRo8Jg&p=AC4C430F5E6237B3


248 posted on 11/20/2010 5:38:10 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Tally-ho!)
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To: All

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas Dancing with the Stars week 7 Viennese Waltz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amBFhfXH8o0&feature=related


249 posted on 11/20/2010 5:53:03 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Tally-ho!)
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To: onthelookout777

I posted on one of the liberal sites “Oh fine NOW you are worried about voter fraud. Yet there were only crickets about Chicago, MN, and now AK.”

If Bristol wins this thing it will get very interesting. I know that there are many purists here on FR who sniff at the mere mention of even watching this show. But like it or not there are people who are learning to vote by watching these shows. Ignoring the block would be a mistake. obama clearly understood that.


250 posted on 11/20/2010 5:53:03 PM PST by lovesdogs
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