Well, it is one thing for a team's website to fudge the figures to favour the home team, it is another for Canada's largest circulation newspaper to be pulling these same tactics in a so-called public opinion poll with national implications.
They have our trust, but they have an honour and a duty to their readers to honestly report the news. But if this is how the Star does business, how do we know their reporters aren't "cooking" the facts to mislead their readers about other stories they are reporting? Can they be trusted, or does the end somehow justify the means?
Once the trust of their readers is lost, then the credibility and believability of the entire Star corporation might be drawn into question.
The biggest question is WHY would they change the poll results to favour the NFL? What do they have to gain if the CFL's popularity is diminished and the NFL's increased?? Is the Star secretly involved with Tannenbaum and Rogers in their pursuit of an NFL team? Would "killing off" the CFL in Toronto help this cause??
You must wonder about this collusion going on. For example, the Star's big league coverage of TFC last year. On the Star's on-line sports page they gave the TFC a boxed scoreboard, prominently displayed, running all week and equal with the Jays running scoreboard, while 150-yr.old Argo franchise's scores were relegated into a group generic scoreboard listings underneath? And then there is the overboard wall-to-wall news coverage of the TFC last year. Can anyone argue that the TFC is bigger league or generates more revenue than the Argos, that their coverage be overblown to this extent? Well, three guesses who owns TFC. Yep, the same group which is spearheading the Toronto NFL bid (and who are apparantly no longer on speaking terms with the Argo owners.)
Unless the Star can adequately refute these claims, we can clearly see that the fix is in, with unfortunately all sport fans, indeed all Canadians, being short-changed and misled in this exchange.