Washington Post Graham recalled a CIA acquaintance talking about prices of journalists. His CIA buddy remarked "You could get a journalist cheaper than a street whore, for a couple hundred dollars a month."
Buying journalists is almost as old as the oldest profession. They knew the Slimes was to be removed from the S$P 500 and this pump is nothing unusual for their buddies wishing to bail, and hyenas ready to short.
I agree this stock is doomed and shorts should rule the day, however from experience I recall many stocks going up immediately after being removed from the S&P 500. It took a little while before the selling kicked in and prices moved south, deep south...below Mexico.