Tomorrow the State of Alaska will release more than 24,000 pages of e-mails that were sent to or from Sarah Palin during her tenure as governor. Liberal news outlets are salivating over the opportunity to sort through boxes of raw documents, in hopes of finding something that will make Palin look bad.
Both the Washington Post and the New York Times have enlisted their readers’ efforts in combing through the Pain emails in hopes of finding damaging material. This collective approach has been used in the past by bloggers, but the Times and the Post, which apparently no longer have adequate staff for even the most basic research, are turning to left-wing readers for help.
The Times writes:
Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails, which we will be posting on NYtimes.com starting on Friday afternoon.
We’re asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight. Interested users can fill out a simple form to describe the nature of the e-mail, and provide a name and e-mail address so we’ll know who should get the credit. Join us here on Friday afternoon and into the weekend to participate.
The Post, likewise, is enlisting a cadre of liberals:
Over 24,000 e-mail messages to and from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska’s governor will be released Friday. That’s a lot of e-mail for us to review so we’re looking for some help from Fix readers to analyze, contextualize, and research those e-mails right alongside Post reporters over the days following the release.
We are limiting this to just 100 spots for people who will work collaboratively in small teams to surface the most important information from the e-mails.
That was the original plan, but apparently so many anti-Palin readers wanted to participate that the Post had to throw the doors open:
UPDATE: We have had a strong response to our crowdsourcing call-out on the Palin e-mails. We’ve reconsidered our approach and now would like to invite comments and annotations from any interested readers.
No doubt these efforts will generate a lot of nonsense. Lost in the shuffle will be the brilliant record that Sarah Palin amassed in her brief tenure as governor. There are no secrets about what she did or how she did it, and the emails will be, at most, footnotes. But they will give liberals an opportunity to deflect attention from Palin’s actual accomplishments to faux conspiracy theories and “scandals,” none of which will go anywhere, but which will contribute to the smearing of Sarah Palin. Which is, obviously, the point.