I saw this earlier. I had to say, I got a pretty good laugh out of the guy's article, if only because they stated the same thing when they were voted into that spot last year. They're just jumping the gun this year to try and get ahead of it before it inevitably hits, again.
Thing is? It is completely viable for the votes to say that EA is the worst company in America. The reason why? The entire reason the poll exists is because it is on a site called The Consumerist, where people tell stories of piss poor activities and results of dealing with specific companies. This isn't scientific, it's a statement of who the company has pissed off in recent memory. It is a public opinion poll in the shape of a contest. So, yes, EA winning it is perfectly reasonable when you understand that it's NOT who is the worst in the country, but who people look at in the worst light.
The entire thing with people is that folks remember only when they have been personally slighted. How many individuals here have been shit on by Bank of America in the last while? Nobody in these things cares about if they helped cause the worldwide economic crash, because if its not in front of people's eyes and it's not personal, then they probably won't give a crap two weeks down the road. EA, meanwhile, has been pissing off a very internet oriented group of people in the form of gamers for the past two years with their comedy of errors and shitty customer service. So, well, of course EA is going to win.
I do, however, enjoy his idea of which comments 'don't hold water'. Especially since he more or less references that people who are a part of the voting are either miscreants who are pissed about who was on the front of the Madden box or don't believe a word they say about how 'always on' doesn't mean 'DRM' or that people voting against EA potentially hate gays and lesbians ("In the past year, we have received thousands of emails and postcards protesting against EA for allowing players to create LGBT characters in our games. This week, were seeing posts on conservative web sites urging people to protest our LGBT policy by voting EA the Worst Company in America.").
Pretty amusing. An apology at the same time as attempting to discredit a public opinion poll. PR at work! Only this guy is the one making a big deal out of it when nobody would have cared less otherwise.