- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina ripped the Transportation Security Administration in a one-star Yelp review on Tuesday, following news that the website reached a deal with the government in creating a rating system for federal agencies.

“The TSA spent $160 million of your taxpayer dollars on body scanners that have a 96% failure rate,” wrote Ms. Fiorina, posting under the name “Carly F.” “Unfortunately, these stories of inept federal bureaucracies have become far too common. It is part of a pattern that confirms what we have known for a long time about our government: it has become too big, too powerful, and too corrupt to do its job. How long have our borders been insecure? How long have we known that the Chinese were going to hack our systems? How long has the Veterans Administration been a stain on our nation’s honor?”

“Talking regularly and publicly about these problems is important but, unfortunately, we know a Yelp review is not enough,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO continued. “Our next President must be willing to embrace innovation and to put pressure on the political system. She must have a track record of challenging the status quo and cutting bureaucracies down to size so that we can finally fix the festering problems in our federal government. Join us: carlyforpresident.com.”

Ms. Fiorinaalerted Twitter users to the review on Tuesday: “I reviewed the TSA on @Yelp. One star. Stories of inept fed. bureaucracies have become far too common. #Carly2016”

Yelp has listed Ms. Fiorina’s review as “not recommended,” which means it is hidden from the TSA pages of recommended Yelp reviews.

Explaining “not recommended” reviews,” Yelp states: “We get millions of reviews from our users, so we use automated software to recommend the ones that are most helpful for the Yelp community. The software looks at dozens of different signals, including various measures of quality, reliability, and activity on Yelp. The process has nothing to do with whether a business advertises on Yelp or not. The reviews that currently don’t make the cut are listed below and are not factored into this business’s overall star rating.”


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