Contentious ‘Scandal’ Fan Blogger Exposed as ABC Sales Director (Exclusive)

Contentious 'Scandal' Fan Blogger Exposed as ABC Sales Director (Exclusive)

Courtney Pajor has amassed more than 26,000 followers under the Twitter account “Scandal411”

There's a scandal brewing around ABC's “Scandal.”

One of the drama's top fan bloggers has been revealed to be an employee of ABC and the fandom isn't happy about it.

Courtney Pajor, a director of special sales for the network out of its New York City offices, has made herself one of the most influential fan voices on “Scandal,” two individuals with knowledge of the blogger's identity told TheWrap.

“I am 100 percent sure that Scandal411 is Courtney Pajor,” one individual who's had multiple interactions with the blogger said.

TheWrap is also in possession of documents that link Pajor to the Scandal411 Twitter account, though the individual who provided them asked to remain anonymous.

See video: ‘Scandal’ Star Kerry Washington Disses Anthony Weiner on Kimmel

Under the Twitter account, Scandal411, Pajor had amassed more than 26,000 followers. The account also had a related website, Scandal411.com.

Since TheWrap began investigating the blogger's identity earlier this week, she changed her Twitter account to @GrantForPrez and the Scandal411 website was made private by its owner. Pajor did not respond to TheWrap's multiple attempts to reach her by phone and social media.

Update 7:08 pm PT: The @GrantForPrez Twitter account has been deactivated.

ABC issued the following statement to TheWrap: “We take these allegations very seriously. We are investigating the situation and will handle accordingly.”

Also read: ‘Scandal’ Premiere, Miley Cyrus Projects Top List of Week's Tweetiest Shows

Show bloggers and fans have said that Pajor has crossed the line in her exchanges with fans and journalists who don't share her opinions. The accusations range from incidents as minor as calling other fans “crazy” and tweeting “F-CK YOU ATAS” when “Scandal” star Kerry Washington didn't win the Best Actress Emmy in September to attacking journalists, including TheWrap, all unbecoming behavior for an employee of the network.

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Cached Scandal411.com article

Cached Scandal411.com article

Pajor was incensed at TheWrap over an interview with Washington which in her opinion exposed a plot inconsistency.

There have also been allegations that Pajor has used her internal connections to limit blogger and fan access to the show and to frequent Twitter pal, “Scandal's” costume designer Lyn Paolo.

 

See photos: 17 of Kerry Washington's Most Killer ‘Scandal’ Looks

Pajor's prominence in the “Scandal” community is further amplified by the show's top ranking for social media interaction and the possibility such news can taint the network's efforts in social media. Socialguide ranked it the seventh most-tweeted show of 2013, with 3.5 million interactions over the first six months of this year.

  • derekmorgansfakegirlfriend

    So this surprises “journalists” at the Wrap? I assumed it was an employee because the site is great at keeping up with the latest Scandal news. I never liked its preoccupation with the Fitz and Olivia relationship but from time to time they have good stuff such as sneak peeks and juicy spoiler tidbits. By its very nature, media is manipulative. I'm wondering why you are doing this story. Is it because this show has at it's center an inter-racial love story (Olitz or Jalivia)? The talk about Scandal has been a great way for other entertainers to be seen, heard and read. I think you need to do an expose on the Huffington Post which has the most manipulative deceptive headlines EVAR!! Wat!! Maybe you should start with your own site “Miley Cyrus gets even nastier with topless, crotch shot pics.” I didn't read the article because what you appear to be doing is feeding off this young woman's misery. When I read headlines like that I always wonder happened to the person to make them choose a path that engenders so much public ridicule. Brought to you by the WRAP.

    • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

      Amazing how folks are trying to turn this into a race thing.

      • Emme

        You mean person, right? It's one commentator and he/she made other points… Wipe your tears. You'll be fine.

  • Emme

    She was definitely an ABC fav, but her dealings with “The Wrap” makes this “exclusive” seem a little “b!tchy”.

    Let the fandom deal with this, but know that few will likely see you folks at The Wrap as heroes. Given everything that is going on in the U.S. right now, the fact that this is your focus makes it seem all the more “personal” and vengeful even. As a frequent visitor to your site, I'd never though of The Wrap as behaving that way.

    I haven't been to her site in a while, but I do know that she often disagreed with SCANDAL's plot turns and would share some pretty personal information on the site. Having been a SCANDAL411 site visitor for Seasons 1 & 2 of SCANDAL, I have no doubts that she embraced and internalized the show as much as other Scandal fans.

    The connection is unfortunate, but somehow… this “expose” seems much worse.

    • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

      Um, this is an entertainment site. So why are you surprised they're focused on “this” while so much is going on in the US right now? This isn't CNN.

      • Emme

        I'm sure you see nothing odd about the turn of events, John. There is so much going on in entertainment, too… why did THE WRAP need to generate its own news? It would have been “cleaner” if hadn't come off as so personal, but you're not going to be open to that concern… there is nothing odd about this at all, right?

        • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

          No, there isn't.

          • Emme

            That's fine. I'm not ever one to encourage those who feign ignorance. Let's stop here, then.

          • Lol

            John do you have job

        • Namey

          “Emme” it's called journalism. You might be unfamiliar with the concept since you lurk in the world of fake pr and Twitter.

          • Guest

            @Namey – I don't even have a Twitter. O_O. Assumptions make people look foolish and desperate. My name is Emme, so you don't need to use quotes “Namey” and this “…lurk in the world of fake PR”… really…

          • Emme

            … weird…posted as guest.

    • Namey

      Personal towards whom? An unknown blogger? You don't even make sense.
      You need to write a new troll script. You sound demented.

      • Emme

        They explained, “Namey”, in the article…very clearly. Yeah, I'm not playing the… “let's explain the obvious” re: why this would have been considered personal to THE WRAP and how the blogger's anonymity would become a target.

        …and what is it about my use of language that makes you believe that I'm suffering from dementia? You can't just use words… and not know what they really mean, mon ami.

        It's not that serious. :)

      • Emme

        They explained, “Namey”, in the article…very clearly. Yeah, I'm not playing the… “let's explain the obvious” re: why this would have been considered personal to THE WRAP and how the blogger's anonymity would become a target.

        …and what is it about my use of language that makes you believe that I'm suffering from dementia? You can't just use words… and not know what they really mean, mon ami.

        It's not that serious. :)

  • Missy

    Can someone please explain to me why this “exclusive” is such a big deal? Not even trying to be sarcastic… I literally don't understand what the problem is with this girl working for ABC. Is it because people think it makes the network look bad or what?

    • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

      lmao. Um, it's not a real fan. That's the point.

      • IberibeNdiocha

        Who cares? This “exclusive” has NO point other than to expose the identity of an otherwise private citizen. And for what? We were just fine with the content of Scandal411's site. It's BS.

        • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

          Sounds like you work for ABC. Not surprising.

          • IberibeNdiocha

            I work for ABC because I disagree with your opinion? That's what you have to offer in reply? Are you even part of the Scandal fandom or are you just being contrary on purpose?

          • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

            It shouldn't take much to understand that a network employee secretly tweeting about their network's show and berating ppl with coarse language is wrong. Doesn't take a genius.

          • IberibeNdiocha

            But is she not allowed to be herself outside of work? Sure, the show is produced by her employer, but as long as she is doing it on her own time and not in her capacity as an employee at ABC, then I don't see the problem.

            That being said, I can see how it would be problematic (should ABC have a policy against this) if she abused her access to gain exclusive information for the benefit of her personal blog. If this was the vein in which the article was written, I can understand why this would be a big deal. Otherwise, it just smells funny. If ABC doesn't have a policy that clearly outlines that such behavior is not allowed, then she didn't break any laws.

          • Emme

            See… that's the lying again… The feigning of ignorance. You don't really think that person works for ABC, do you, but for some reason, John, it's SOOOO important to you to troll this article and lie. Why? Is it not getting the response you wanted? It was just posted, give it some time. Do you work for the Wrap or did you have something to do with this “investigation”? Like c'mon, dude. Relax. People have opinions. You were free to have your own, but you never really expressed it, did you? There is no OP post from you? You're just sitting on the site trolling which is more suspicious than any commentator here who simply read the article and made a comment.

          • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

            Troll? Nope. And I pointed out the issue already. Maybe if you focused on reading instead of getting upset, you would have noticed.

          • Emme

            I don't even understand what you just wrote. Wait… what? Dude, my name is Emmeline. I have NOOOOO idea what you're talking about, lol. I go by Emme, cause I'm not 5 or 50 years old. You think I'm Scandal411? Geez…

            …and this getting “upset” business.. like what are you even talking about (hoping that you are not projecting)? Your some random dude… why would you think you would have the power to make anyone, including me, upset?

            Here's my thing. If I were on your side of the debate, I would have SOOOOO much fodder/legitimate arguments to make that would not include “claiming victim” or insincerely accusing those, with whom you do not agree, as working for ABC, the “offending” company, or being SCANDAL411. C'mon! That weakens your argument.

            Because you are on “the side” that is NOT offending, you technically have no need to troll. You make/made your argument and others will come to the site, agree, and vote your argument up. Coming at commentators obsessively makes readers question your involvement or P.O.V. – “What's his deal?” “Why is he so concerned about this?” “I don't trust someone, especially a guy, who seems to be insistent on embarrassing this blogger. Why is he so invested in this story?”

            It weakens your position to come off either as a troll or as someone who is personally involved with this site and/or the “investigation”. Really… if you cool your heels… your truth will be heard.

          • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

            I actually I was talking about the person the story was written about. You sound nutty. I'm out.

          • Emme

            Right… “Scandal411” as I said (the person the story is written about)… O_o Do you even know why you're here or were you just trolling anything SCANDAL related?

            Welp, you resorted to ad hominem… the tool of fools, lol. So yeah… good night to ya.

          • http://policydiary.com/ John S. Wilson

            So why are you talking about your name? No one asked about your name. This really isn't about you.

          • Emme

            … tragic. Now I'm convinced. You mentioned earlier that “at least I [meaning you] use your real name”, but SOMEHOW that post is no longer around and you seem to want to focus only on the part of my text that references “your missing post”. I didn't know we could delete our posts… Interesting. The Wrap…Forbes… CNN… intriguing connections there. Sounds like an exclusive, on the exclusive…

            Yeah, it's not about me… but you're starting to make it about you… messy.

          • Emme

            Hmmm… there is a missing post, yet a poster cannot delete their message….

          • Lol

            No just a fan.

    • peezy

      Is that a serious question? Because it's a sham to promote the show under the pretense of being real. That's one of the problems with using Twitter and other online garbage to measure a show's popularity. It's called fraud. Plus, it sounds like she is a vulgar illiterate. Couldn't they at least use a fake fan who has some style and wit. Don't we have enough ugliness and vulgarity online without manufacturing more?

      • Danny Kastner

        In fact, nearly every entertainment property does this. So you better get off the ugly internet and stop watching TV!

  • IberibeNdiocha

    This article is problematic and riddled with obvious bias. What is the point of you exposing this woman's identity? Was that necessary? And is the Scandal fandom really that important that Scandal411 has be turned into an article?

    It was obvious to many that she was more than just a regular fan because of some of the content that she provided before it hit other sites, but that didn't bother the majority because they were getting their Scandal fix. It was also quite obvious (before she shut down her site) that it was a PERSONAL blog. Whether or not she works for ABC, she's allowed to fangirl over Scandal like the rest of us. The opinions she posted on her website weren't all rah-rah for Scandal either. She's allowed to curse if she so pleases and she can go on tirades just like the rest of us. Since you're using vulgarity as a mark against 411, I'd like for you to take a scroll through the Twitter timeline of one Joshua Malina, cast member of Scandal. He's rude, obnoxious, sarcastic and constantly shading the hell out of fans. I don't see anybody calling for his head or writing articles about him.

    It seems like you saw an opportunity to inflict harm on someone who vehemently disagreed with TheWrap and took it. More disturbing to me is that you have sought to make this out to be some black mark against ABC and the show without providing anything more than conjecture in suggesting that ABC and/or Scandal were aware of 411's employment at the ginormous entity that is Walt Disney/ABC.

    And did you really have to drag Lyn Paolo into this? Please leave that lady's name out of this foolishness. You're dragging parties into something that you seem to not have a firm grasp on.

    • Social Media is tripe

      Do you work directly for ABC/Scandal too, or are you a subcontracted troll?

    • tinad5

      You're missing the point, really. If this is true, it's on par with staff/workers poses as customers writing good comments for a product. She works in marketing/sales and writing on twitter pretending as a fan. See the similarity? If she's really a fan, she could just admit she works at ABC.

      • daw johnson

        “If this is true, it's on par with staff/workers poses as customers writing good comments for a product.”

        This is exactly why it's a non-issue. If you don't think virtually every company–entertainment or otherwise–is doing this, you're disappointingly naive.

  • Emme

    The link seems broken for the original Kerry Washington interview cited. Is it the one referenced in Glamour Mag?

    • Jethro Nededog

      Sorry Emme, that article doesn't seem to be loading. We have contacted a tech person and we're hoping it'll be back up very soon!

      • Emme

        Thank you! I'm very curious what it could have said that warranted that response. I'm sure other are too.

        • Others

          not really

          • Emme

            … dying to be relevant…

  • Scandal Fans

    Fair points but you didn't need to drag Lyn into this.

  • Court

    This is a bizarre story. I read her blog occasionally at the beginning of last season and followed her on Twitter. And honestly, the reason I stopped reading the blog was because she related very personal information about herself and her family into her episode recaps, which I was not very interested in. Since network airings were so sporadic, with the election and special programming, her blog was useful in knowing when the show was actually coming on. This is why I have a hard time believing that she was just some non-fan exec. I mean some of the things she posted about seemed like information you probably wouldn't want your boss to know. I also remember her tweeting about sending fans copies of magazine covers that featured the cast.

    That said, sure this blurs some sort of ethical line and is problematic given Scandal's rise in popularity because of social media. She may be the reason why some of Scandal's hashtags organically (now seemingly inorganic) trended. At the same time, she probably was a REAL fan who took advantage of information she got from her job. Again this could be troublesome, but hardly warrants this type of story. She seems like a private citizen turned overzealous fan. At most she gave fans promo shots or maybe a heads up that something interesting might happen on the show. She was no more spoilery than TVLine or TVGuide. I don't even think her blog generated revenue, and If I'm not mistaken, not even from banner ads.

  • kmitch

    The Wrap becomes Deadline!!

    • Lol

      It wishes

  • Richard Stellar

    Who's High Pitch?

  • Guest

    From the daily news “Not only could this compromise the integrity of the network, but it may also discredit the social media ranking the show's received due to its high frequency of online interactions.”

    This person, the network, and group behind Scandal's Twitter deceived the public. They knew she was an employee with insider access to the show which was used purposefully to build her own fan base to leverage and promote and grow the show to raise its value so they could charge higher premiums in her ad sales unit. Hence why Scandal's official twitter interacted so much with the fake fan account. Shady marketing practice to prop a show.

  • Guest

    The article is nothing exclusive. Some people knew who she was and interacted with her outside of Twitter. Though she worked for ABC, it doesn't mean that she wasn't a “fan” of the show. She worked for the corporate ABC, not the show in itself. I'm sure she became a fan working for the company, who wouldn't? I think that if she was tweeting and interacting outside of work, it shouldn't be an issue. She had her opinions, and yes, although some were extreme, were still her opinions. Even if she was a “ploy” to boost ratings, it worked. She was the biggest part of the fandom, and she was who she was. The only thing not given by her to the fandom was her name. I don't think it should have been a story, and I don't see why it's such a big deal. Also, The Wrap definitely did not need to bring Lyn Paolo into this. There was nothing there other than the fact that they interacted on Twitter. She interacted with the show handle, and other cast/crew members as well. Where are all of their tweets? This article only took a partial of who she was in the “fandom,” not the whole picture. If you want to get a sense of who she was, go back and stroll through her mentions, look at her interactions with some of the other people on Twitter. She wasn't doing anything wrong. She didn't want people to know who she was, but more than HALF of the people on Twitter are behind fan accounts. There's a lot missing from this article, and they didn't really expose anything major. There was no disappointment when there was a reveal, and I don't see how people are that upset. Maybe she was right, and some people are just crazy.

  • inthebusiness

    who cares? the series works aor it doesn't…do you think a secret in-house fan blogger would help SEAN SAVES THE WORLD or IRONSIDES….if they suck they suck….and scandal doesn't!….took a few misses to get this show up- Shonda had s similar DC pilot that did not get picked up- so she re-worked, got a great star -a nd magic……let it go folks- go after the crap on tv- that should keep you busy for months.

  • luciegucie

    Pajor’s prominence in the “Scandal” community is further amplified by the show’s top ranking for social media interaction and the possibility such news can taint the network’s efforts in social media. <—— This is not a real sentence

  • Danny Kastner

    Fan fiction, social, run by the network under a random profile. Are you kidding me? This is part of every network's and every show's social media playbook. Why? Because they can get in the conversation to help a show as well as feed insider stuff the fans won't ordinarily get. This is fiction after all, isn't?

    • Danny Kastner

      Oh, wait, I'll post the first response. “Danny, you don't get it. This is dishonest when a network puts an employee up to such nefarious acts. I feel so naked, etc.. etc..”
      OK, I responded for you!!
      Now accept the reality of entertainment (and most brand) social marketing.

  • Anti bully

    Surprised a legitimate media outlet got duped into getting involved in bloggers power struggle .
    “There have also been allegations that Pajor has used her internal connections to limit blogger and fan access to the show and to frequent Twitter pal” sources sound like jealous bloggers.
    “The person running the Scandal411 account definitively told me last fall that her first name was Courtney. This was back when she only had a few thousand followers, so it was very early on. Now whether that was true or not, I can’t tell you, but that’s what she told me – and that’s why I felt confident that when this story broke, it was the woman “