24,000 Pages of Sarah Palin Emails = Torture

24,000 Pages of Sarah Palin Emails = TortureWhile 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

Maybe the crack-staff of researchers at Entertainment Tonight and/or the Hollywood Insider could provide valuable (and relevant) assistance. – Vince Coit, Stockton, California

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.