‘Journalism’: The New York Times and Washington Post have asked their readers’ help in scouring 24,000 emails from Sarah Palin’s governorship, released Friday. They hate her — really hate her.
Imagine a newspaper in 2008 asking readers’ help in perusing Barack Obama’s emails as U.S. senator and Illinois state senator. Or for that matter, help in unearthing his college records. The howls from “mainstream” journalists and Democratic politicians would have been deafening.
But a private citizen conducting a bus tour across the country — Palin is not a candidate, let’s not forget — is fair game for a mob witch hunt.
The Post told its readers “we’re looking for some help … to analyze, contextualize and research” Palin’s emails, released after Freedom of Information Act requests, “right alongside Post reporters over the days following the release.”
The paper asked for recruits for “100 spots for people who will work collaboratively in small teams to surface the most important information from the emails,” open to anyone with an online computer.
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