I really think you're overreacting about Stockstill getting an interview. They aren't likely to hire him and it was likely just a courtesy interview so I don't see the big deal.
It is even a bigger deal if this is your take of a "courtesy interview". If they are doing this to placate him and the warehouse, it is a lame duck process because he would never get it anyway. If they limit it to 5 people to interview, they sold themselves the chance to interview someone that could actually get the position.
It is the public perception aspect as well, and I have not even hit on this subject matter.
If you think I am over-reacting, it is your right to think it is the case. I have just been too entrenched over my life span to know what passes the smell test.