While MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, et.al. are giddy over the release of 24,000+ pages of Sarah Palin related emails from her time as governor of Alaska, not many folks online, Sarah Palin supporters or not, seem too thrilled at the three news outlets for “asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight.” Some of the comments from frustrated readers are just plain hysterical:
What’s the pay? – rathead, Ramsey. NJ
I’ll look over two or maybe three; but I’m afraid if I read more than that then I might just get dumb as nails. So do you have worker’s compensation for any potential brain damage that might occur from reading a half dozen or more of the goofy emails? – Mikey41, Ohio
Yeah, I “hate” Palin, and even I have no inclination of going through her e-mails for the Times, especially if I’m not getting paid to do so. I thought you guys have interns for this? Also, I have a roast in the oven. And I need to dry my hair. And paint the garage. – Adam, Union County, NJ
I’d help out but I need to get a root canal. – Wade, Philadelphia
Granted there are many folks out there that love Sarah Palin and that see the email dumpster diving expedition as a modern day witch hunt. Nevertheless, you’d think that the investigative journalists who requested all these emails might actually do their own investigating instead of just airing someone’s dirty laundry and making their readers do it for them.
According to The Los Angeles Times, “The Palin emails were originally sought to shed light on the then-little-known running mate of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain.” Now 20 news organizations will likely be spending their time reading, documenting and creating an archival searchable database of Palin e-folksiness.
So if the news cycle seems especially pathetic in the next few months, you’ll know why.
I have a suggestion. Instead of waterboarding, make the folks at Guantanamo read all the emails. It will get done in no time and you know there’s no intelligence in them so no worries.
- Crowdsourcing the Palin Emails (themoderatevoice.com)
- My Sarah Palin E-mails (ken_ashford.typepad.com)
- How Sarah Palin’s emails were uncovered (guardian.co.uk)
- Palin emails to be released, crowdsourcing looms (msnbc.msn.com)
- Sarah Palin’s emails released (telegraph.co.uk)
- Help Us And Be Among The First To Read Sarah Palin’s Emails (huffingtonpost.com)
- Will there be wieners in Sarah Palin’s gubermail? [Greg Laden's Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
- Alaska emails may shine light on Sarah Palin (calgaryherald.com)
- Sarah Palin Documents: Emails Released By Alaska Government (TEXT) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Sarah Palin Emails To Be Released Today: So, What’s In Them? (mediaite.com)
- Mainstream Media Fools Again Play Right Into Sarah Palin’s Hands (thenewspundit.com)
- Alaska set to release emails from Palin’s time as governor (thestar.com)
- Sarah Palin Documents: Emails To Offer Look At Former Governor’s Tenure (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Lamestream Media is At It Again, Trying To Destroy Sarah Palin (rantsandrage.com)
- You: Sarah Palin emails to be released (guardian.co.uk)
- Alaska set to release Sarah Palin’s emails (ctv.ca)
- Alaska Set to Release Sarah Palin’s Emails (abcnews.go.com)
- Sarah Palin’s Emails And The NYT’s Epic Crowdsourcing Fail (fastcompany.com)
- News Organizations Want You To Read Sarah Palin’s Emails For Them (siliconfilter.com)