Dear Readers: The Washington Post and New York Times have set a most interesting precedent. By using a Freedom of Information Act request, these news organizations obtained access to over 24,000 emails from former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. They then requested their readers to volunteer to scour them for scandalous information. I applied with this submission:
I am a Democrat who is a Palin supporter, who has also had experience writing for several news publications (e.g., San Diego Union Tribune) and am an occasional analyst for Fox Business News.
I would be delighted to help, as it is obvious to me the coverage by the elite media of Sarah Palin has been lacking in the rudiments of basic journalism: Sticking to who, what, where, when, why and how.
Allow me to assist you in scouring the many emails, which will include such enlightening details as childcare arrangements, request for office supplies, and committee schedules that are surely going to offer meaningful insights that will improve life for Americans everywhere. I think you will be truly living up to your 1st Amendment responsibilities in this endeavor!
I am a little concerned if I fail to participate that you will utilize professional reporters to look through the emails. That means they won’t be able to cover such essential topics as the 61 Trillion in unfunded mandates hanging over our economy, the increasingly poor job news and the fact people have longer periods of unemployment in the Obama economy, continued involvement of the US in Libya and potential US actions in Yemen, and other key topics that your editors seem to rate secondary to uncovering some vast Palin scandal. Therefore, I view helping you as my patriotic duty.
Strangely, I have not heard back from this news organizations.
Between the plethora of jokes being made at the elite media’s expense today, there is now discussion of using the FOIA request process to obtain records on President Obama. Interestingly, I did a brief search to see of records of Obama from his Illinois Senate days have been released. Judicial Watch reports that this records have been made to disappear.However, you can be sure every Palin-supporting conservative organization is placing a series of FOIA requests on Obama emails wherever they may reside.
I will be the first volunteer to scour those puppies.
The backlash has been palpable. Here are a few of the comments to the posted requests:
Much Twitter merriment is also being had at the expense of the elite media!Gems such as Palin’s staff being excited by being tagged by McCain for the VP slot have been revealed. A witty comment noted that Palin was on “Team Edward“; that is where we part ways — I am “Team Jacob“. That may cost her my vote (/sarc).
Legal Insurrection’s Professor Jacobson has a running list of scandal-filled Palin headlines in this post: Behold The Mainstream Media Eating Its Own Anti-Palin Bile – A Running List of Headlines
Email Update: Sarah writes — “I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PROUD OF MY COUNTRY”.
Email Update: Sarah knows it is 2011, not 2008.
Email update: Sarah says, “I am looking forward to visiting each of the 50 states“.
Email update: Sarah reflects — My mentors love this country and the people who serve it.
Email update: Sarah wrote — Our church pastor gave a really inspirational speech this Sunday, praising the values that made this country great.
Email Update: Sarah opines — It’s better to be a small town mayor in America than President of China.
And in the most explosive revelation yet, Sarah emailed this to Todd: I hate golf.
I don’t quite think this process produced the outcome hoped for by our “Ruling Class” media elites. They have just energized a big swath of Americans in time to start digging around Obama’s records.
After all, what’s good for the Alaskan goose is good for the Hawaiian gander.
UPDATE! Let’s see of WaPo, NYT, CBS or other “serious” news organizations have the cajones to report this chestnut: Sarah Palin emails: Palin fielded death threats as campaign heated up
“She doesn’t belong to the NRA to support the right of each citizen to have weapons in an aim of self-defence, but just to support the right of every Southern white citizen to shoot all non-white people legally!” wrote the sender, identified as Dominique Villacrouz. “Sarah Palin MUST BE KILLED!”