The Washington Post is asking for help to sort through over 24,000 emails sent to and from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Ryan Kellett writes at the Post:
“…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.”
Specifically, the Post is looking for 100 people to help sort through all those emails. They even have a form you can fill out if you are interested. No mention was made of compensation.
According to a post at Gateway Pundit, the Post originally wrote:
Our hope is that working together, we can efficiently find interesting information and extract new stories that will lead to further investigation. We don’t know what we’ll find, but we want you to be ready and open for the challenge.
But that paragraph no longer appears on the article.
Kellett simply writes:
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. Participants can join from anywhere with a computer and an Internet connection. Read more about how it will work.
If you need inspiration before getting started, take a look at what to expect from the e-mail drop. For micro-updates as tomorrow unfolds, check out our new Twitter feed.
No doubt, the Post is looking for something they think can be used to smear Palin. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to see that.
Rachel Weiner writes:
…“I think every rock in the Palin household that could ever be kicked over and uncovered anything, it’s already been kicked over,” she told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” last weekend.
However, she added some caveats that suggested she was still a little worried about what might come out. “A lot of those e-mails obviously weren’t meant for public consumption,” she said, and people who read them will “never truly know what the context of each one of the e-mails was.”
According to Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd, the New York Times is also asking for help.
“I guess that’s a few more jobs the Obama administration can claim credit for, especially since it indirectly amounts to free oppo research for the 2012 Obama campaign,” Shepherd wrote.
According to the New York Times, reporters will be on hand in Juneau, the state capitol, to “begin the process of reviewing the e-mails,” but they want readers to go through what they post to see if they can find something of interest:
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.
One commenter at the Times wrote: “Don’t you folks get paid to do this work yourself?”
Another commented, “Awesome! The NYT wants non-journalists to do their homework for them!”
At least two asked why the Times didn’t ask readers to comb through the 2,000+ page health care bill, while another wrote, “Let the WITCH HUNT begin!”
These papers might as well have put out an ad asking for people to help them smear Sarah Palin.
But one must wonder – if Sarah Palin is as stupid as the Democrat-media complex tells us, (a) why would they care about her email archive and, (b) why would they need help examining it?
Apparently, Palin is more of a threat to them than they would like to admit.
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