NYT, WaPo to readers: Hey, anyone want to help us dig for dirt in Palin’s e-mails?

posted at 4:36 pm on June 9, 2011 by Allahpundit

An unusual example of media efficiency. There’s a huge new supply available of her e-mails as governor and an eternally huge demand among Palin-hating liberals for new dirt on her. If you’re a cash-strapped editor, why not match one to the other and let the market do your work for you? Palin derangement is like the wind, or the sun: All the media has to do is harness it to provide a limitless supply of productivity.

Just think, if she runs for president, they might be able to outsource whole stories to their liberal readership instead of just document analysis. Then again, they’re basically doing that already.

More than 24,000 e-mail messages sent to and from Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska’s governor will be released Friday. Join The Post in digging through them. We are looking for 100 organized and diligent readers who will work alongside Post reporters to analyze, contextualize, and research the e-mails. Think of it as spending some time in our newsroom.

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.

The NYT is pulling the same stunt. Am I right to think that this is a novel experiment for major newspapers, one they’re coincidentally conducting on one of their favorite targets? Talking Points Memo used crowdsourcing effectively a few years ago to explore the U.S. Attorneys scandal, but I can’t think of an old-school paper doing a major document dump on its readers and treating it as some sort of joint investigative endeavor. I could be wrong; e-mail us if so and I’ll update. Even if I am, I’m amazed that they’d employ this for Palin, of all people, given the intense criticism it’s going to draw, especially since the Journal and other papers will be reviewing things the traditional way. I guess they figure, after three years of antagonism, why keep up any pretense?

Even so, crowdsourcing’s a smart, sleek information-gathering technique. Thanks to the Times and WaPo for legitimizing it for conservative media like Fox News, which will now happily put it to good use doing oppo research on the left. Exit question: Would you guys mind collating some Weiner stories from off the wires and leaving the links in the comments for me? I’m tired and want to watch TV. Thanks!

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I expect union thugs to show up at NYT and WaPo headquarters to protest.
Imagine if they dug through every email of every candidate seeking national office? Start with the current occupant of the WH.

lonestar1 on June 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM

As the NYT and WAPO have officially become democrat party opposition research firms today, don’t they fall under some campaign finance laws? Won’t this particular donation to the party exceed federal limits?

Rational Thought on June 9, 2011 at 9:06 PM

I can see Geraghty and Lowry slapfighting over who gets to apply first.

Kensington on June 9, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Every misspelled word from Palin is a scandal in waiting to these despicable bast*rds.

RalphyBoy on June 9, 2011 at 9:24 PM

what was weird was the comment section, ppl were mad hmmmmmmm usually they are hate filled.

djohn669 on June 9, 2011 at 9:26 PM

As the NYT and WAPO have officially become democrat party opposition research firms today, don’t they fall under some campaign finance laws? Won’t this particular donation to the party exceed federal limits?

Rational Thought on June 9, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Good try, but there’s

no controlling legal authority.

itsnotaboutme on June 9, 2011 at 9:29 PM

idesign on June 9, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I am one of them actually. I had to post multiple times and was given many messages saying my post couldn’t be completed at that time. I also noticed one of mine “mysteriously” vanished, although it wasn’t as bad as the others.

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.”

Nice.

RDE2010 on June 9, 2011 at 9:31 PM

It is amusing that the total number of comments on the WaPo website keeps shrinking as they delete them…..

idesign on June 9, 2011 at 5:24 PM

They deleted hundreds. I first read about the post on another blog. Someone said there were almost 400 comments and they were running 100 to 1 against WaPo. I got over there a few minutes later and there were 24 comments.

Missy on June 9, 2011 at 9:36 PM

If they say they are looking for dirt, that’s just a diversionary tactic. They’re really searching for clues as to the methods the Governor used to amass a 12 Billion dollar surplus and the 80% approval rating.

News2Use on June 9, 2011 at 9:39 PM

This is absolutely bizarre. We’re told that Palin is a has-been and isn’t even running for anything, so presumably she’s just a private citizen — yet the New York Times AND the Washington Post now want to work on a journalistic project so massive that they have to put out a cattle call for volunteers?

Come on. Maybe the world’s just more insane than I think it is, but who is going to authorize a research project this massive on somebody who doesn’t matter?

Yes, Palin scares the crap out of them. Either that, or the NYT and WaPo are staffed by obsessive-compulsive sociopaths who can’t seem to find somebody else to try to persecute for some reason.

Aitch748 on June 9, 2011 at 9:45 PM

NYT, WaPo to readers: Hey, anyone want to help us dig for dirt in Palin’s e-mails?

The NYT and WaPo should instead dig for dirt in their own backyards.

rukiddingme on June 9, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Anybody try to post a comment on the NYT site…?

d1carter on June 9, 2011 at 10:21 PM

I wonder what will be their reaction when somebody do a Wikileaks event on their email systems and openly released them to the world.

DinobotPrime on June 9, 2011 at 10:42 PM

I defy anyone to tell me that Sarah Palin is just another Ron Paul-type candidate. When the bloody blue f**k did Ron Paul ever receive a royal ass probing like this?!

gryphon202 on June 9, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Washington Post Ombudsman:

“Sarah Palin and her e-mails are just too darn irresistible”.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/omblog/post/crowd-sourcing-the-palin-e-mails/2011/06/09/AGWFaqNH_blog.html

djn on June 10, 2011 at 12:14 AM

Lucky for Ann Coutler promoting her new book Demonic, this fits into her narrative quite nicely

LeeSeneca on June 10, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Sarah has class and great character. Going to be so funny when these “papers” finally reveal what they found.

carbon_footprint on June 9, 2011 at 5:13 PM

They won’t reveal a single email that makes Sarah look good.

fossten on June 10, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Anybody try to post a comment on the NYT site…?

d1carter on June 9, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Yes, and it was impossible. I checked back after an hour and it still hadn’t posted, even though I was the first to post. I don’t doubt that those “moderators” were censoring the buhjeezus out of those comments.

RDE2010 on June 10, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Wow. Hey, WaPo and NYT…way to regain the trust of the American people that you squandered during (and after) the 2008 election. Who was it who talked about a death wish re: Weiner? This witchhunt seems to fall into that category quite nicely as well.

jakev on June 10, 2011 at 9:11 AM

My take.

kingsjester on June 10, 2011 at 10:09 AM

State OF Alaska print out the e-mails

From the Article:

Alaska is releasing the more than 24,000 pages of emails in paper form only and asking news organizations to pick up several boxes worth of documents in Alaska’s capital city, accessible by only air or water.

To funny :-)

<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/06/09/national/a162558D34.DTL&tsp=1&quot;

mothra on June 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I commented on the WaPo site yesterday an hour after the story hit and there were over 700 comments, all against the idea. Many were asking where was this when Pelosi was pushing the health-care bill or Obama was running.

A classic case of people talking to themselves and getting answers they expect. They had no idea how stupid the idea is.

itsspideyman on June 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM

The American Thinker today points out that it isn’t just the Washington Post and the New York Times that are involved in this; the Guardian (UK) is also involved.

So this is officially an international effort to trawl tens of thousands of emails for scandal bait concerning a woman who isn’t even a politician at the moment — you know, the discredited irrelevant quitter who doesn’t write her own Facebook posts yet who’s still savvy enough to understand that she’ll only lose if she runs for President.

Yeah, that makes sense. Who else is in on this? Der Spiegel? Al-Jazeera? Are Asian news organizations working on this too?

Aitch748 on June 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Yeah, that makes sense. Who else is in on this? Der Spiegel? Al-Jazeera? Are Asian news organizations working on this too?

Aitch748 on June 10, 2011 at 11:07 AM

You and your conspiracy theories. Sarah Palin is irrelevant. She’s just another Ron Paul.

/UltraSarc

gryphon202 on June 10, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Say, WAPO and NYT, could you tell us how long you have been waiting on your FOIA request for Obama’s emails from his days as an Illinois and US Senator?

And the file number, please.

Thanks a bunch.

drunyan8315 on June 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Say, WAPO and NYT, could you tell us how long… etc.

ps. You may recall that Barack Obama was a Presidental candidate in the same election in which Sarah Palin was a Vice-Presidential candidate. The only real difference between the two was their party affiliation, correct?

drunyan8315 on June 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM

They can find all of this information about a former vice-presidential candidate, but they can’t find out any information whatsoever about the actual President? Seriously?

This is insane.

The Palin Derangement Syndrome which is so frequently, acutely and vehemently exhibited by the left only reinforces my deep understanding of just how much they fear and hate true conservatives like Palin. Evil hates and demonizes Good and this is a true example of exactly that.

Theophile on June 10, 2011 at 2:11 PM

OMG, if you haven’t already, you HAVE to read the comments on the WaPo… they are absolutely hilarious!!!

dominigan on June 10, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Missing inaction:

draft registration
college applications
college transcripts
college financial aid applications
internal IL state candidacy records/communications
voting record
medical records
communications with Ayers, Rizzo, Soros, SEIU, ACORN
etc.

in_awe on June 10, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Well if rush is right then Petunia must be a 1 or 2 on a scale of 1 to 10.

unseen on June 9, 2011 at 5:25 PM

As I said on another post, if Sarah Palin became a Mormon and put on 100 pounds, Petunia would be her #1 fan.

bw222 on June 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Sarah is very pretty. I didn’t think looks was a qualifiecation for POTUS. In fact she seems to have lost some weight in her face and is truly quite striking.

She is still not qualified to be POTUS.

petunia on June 10, 2011 at 8:28 PM

What happens when yet another liberal congressman gets involved in yet another bizarre scandal?

Create as diversion with yet another baseless Sarah Palin witch hunt.

MaiDee on June 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

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