Here’s how to participate:Over 24,000 e-mail messages to and from Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska’s governor will be released Friday . We’ll be posting them here, and are inviting you to comment on the most interesting or most noteworthy sections. Please include page numbers and, where possible, a direct excerpt. We’ll share your comments with our reporters and may use facts or related material you suggest to annotate the documents displayed on The Post site. We may contact you for further details, by way of your registered e-mail with the Post, unless you specify otherwise in the comments.
It’s even better than going through her garbage—although if you read many of the remarks at the WaPo and the NY Times, some of the commenters consider that going through Palin’s emails are the equivalent of going through garbage. The wit abounds: “Warning: It may be dangerous to your literacy level,” and the like.
Other comments are more favorable to Palin and critical of the Times and WaPo. In addition to many variations on the “so why didn’t you vet Obama when he was running?” theme, there’s a lot of “why didn’t you ask for our help to read the 2700-page Obamacare bill?” (or, alternatively, the Climategate emails), and “what’ll you pay me?” One of my favorites is, “So jobs at McDonalds and Sarah Palin Investigations are the President’s plan to rescue us from unemployment?”
I’m wondering—has such a cache of emails ever been publicly released before involving a public official at the state level? And have either the Times or the WaPo ever asked for readers’ help to sift through them (or any other information, for that matter) and find nasty nuggets? Talk about gotcha journalism (minus the “journalism” part).
The emails released Friday were first requested during the 2008 White House race by citizens and news organizations, including The Associated Press, as they vetted a nominee whose political experience included less than one term as governor and a term as mayor of the small town of Wasilla.
The nearly three-year delay has been attributed largely to the sheer volume of the release and the flood of requests.
Before this is over (will it ever be over?), Sarah Palin will rank as the most thoroughly vetted candidate (and non-candidate) in the history of the United States. Let’s all join in!