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WP, NYT Seek ‘Lynch Mob’ For Palin Emails

From the purported ‘ombudsman’ for the Washington Post, via their Omblog blog:

Crowd-sourcing the Palin e-mails

By Patrick B. Pexton
06/09/2011

… The day began with an announcement on The Fix that The Post was looking for 100 readers to work in teams to sift through the former Alaska governor’s 24,000 emails, scheduled to be released Friday in Juneau.

And now you know why they call it ‘The Fix.’

The move was clearly an effort at crowd sourcing, the technique of enlisting the help of readers who may know more than journalists do about Alaska and Palin to make sense of the e-mails

After all, Larry Flynt only has two hands.

But then the reality of Palin-mania set in. First of all, it didn’t take long for 100 people to sign up, and far more were waiting in line. The Post was trying to screen volunteers for knowledge, ability and political bias, but quickly got overwhelmed by the volume.

And by "Palin-mania" the Washington Post mean Palin hatred. ‘Palin Derangement Syndrome.’ And in these tough economic times, everybody wants a crack at those George Soros dollars.

What better way to get your own unbiased media watchdog site, like Media Matters, than by being the geek who found the email that destroyed Sarah Palin?

By the way, does anyone remember any of our media outlets expressing any similar interest in the University Of East Anglia’s CRU emails, which proved that ‘man-made global warming’ is largely a hoax? We don’t either.

And then the New York Times on its political blog, The Caucus, about two and a half hours later put out its own crowd-sourcing call, more open-ended, saying anyone could sign up and comment on or analyze a particular Palin e-mail.

To be fair, the ‘journalism’ done by rabid crowds of Palin-haters couldn’t be any worse than the acts of journalism the New York Times commits on a daily basis.

So The [Washington] Post changed course later in the afternoon. Interactivity Editor Hal Straus said in an interview that upon reflection and in light of the huge interest, The [Washington] Post would make its crowd call more open.

The updated call-out went up around 6 p.m. with this language: “We’ll share your comments with our reporters and may use facts or related material you suggest to annotate the documents displayed on The Post site. We may contact you for further details, by way of your registered e-mail with the Post, unless you specify otherwise in the comments.”

It’s like the rivalry between The New York Times and the Washington Post over the Pentagon Papers and Watergate all over again. But different.

Still, isn’t it telling what our media masters see as warranting a call for ‘all hands on deck.’ After all, they might miss that one email that could destroy Sarah Palin’s career. Such as when she sexted porn stars or sent out lewd photos of herself. And we can’t risk missing that.

By the way, has the New York Times ever reported on the John Edwards affair?

Said Straus: “The idea of using a closed group is not what we want to do. We would have to say ‘no’ to people. We don’t want there to be any perception that we’re limiting users from telling us what is going on. There is so much interest in this.”

Inside the Beltway, from the professional Palin-haters, perhaps. The rest of us actually have lives.

Originally, Straus said, The Post was going to put the 100 volunteers in groups of 10, with each member reading the same segment of Palin e-mails. That way, it wouldn’t be just one person’s view, but potentially 10.

This is all starting to remind me of the care taken by the 47 scholars from the Church Of England who translated the ‘King James’ version of the Bible. (Which even Shakespeare might have been a part of. Cf. the 46th word from the beginning and the 46th word from the end of the 46th Psalm. And, in fact, the KJV translation was finished when Shakespeare was himself 46 years old.)

The Post had also developed a script to ask the volunteers what they thought of Palin, whether they worked or had worked for any political campaign of any party and whether they had special knowledge of Alaska or the former governor. The goal was to screen out bias and screen in expertise.

And if their hatred for Sarah Palin was not red hot, they would not get the job.

But that proved unworkable with the waterfall of interest. And The Post went to Plan B.

Because everybody claimed to hate Sarah Palin. After all, they know what the media wants.

Meanwhile, readers crowded The Post’s online comment system, and the ombudsman’s e-mail inbox, with denunciations of The Post for “ganging up” on Palin, who they pointed out, is not a presidential candidate and hasn’t been a public official since summer 2009. Most writers said this was proof of The Post’s liberal bias; why not request e-mails of President Obama or of other Democrats and sift through those, many asked.

Those damn racists.

Their language was colorful, too: The Post was soliciting “100 vigilantes” to “drill-baby-drill” and “dumpster dive” into Palin’s e-mails.

Hilarious. Those comments seem pretty mild compared to our thoughts on the matter.

This was a typical reader comment: “Sickening. Trying to recruit 100 Palin haters from the general public to sift through Palin’s personal emails looking for dirt — to generate more anti-Palin stories? Wow. She’s not a politician or candidate of anything yet the left-wing media is obsessed with her for some reason. I’ll never spend a dime on anything The Washington Post puts out. This is not journalism; this is political partisanship at its ugliest. These tactics are never used to uncover dirt on the left, it is always attempted to find dirt on the right.”

The mistake here comes from thinking that the Washington Post and the New York Times are interested in journalism. They are not. They are simply organs of the Democrat Party.

Still, we have to ask, whatever happened to the claim that Sarah Palin was irrelevant?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “WP, NYT Seek ‘Lynch Mob’ For Palin Emails”

  1. TerryAnne says:

    Saw this on American Thinker this morning. My comment/suggestion is that we (on the right) sign up or participate in this, collecting and storing the e-mails as we go, so that when (not if…when) the media tries to smear her (and conveniently lose the original e-mail in the process), we’re at the ready.

    I cannot believe that this is going on. AT also reported that these e-mails are going to 17 newspapers…not just the two leading prog propaganda sheets.

  2. P. Aaron says:

    The democrat party is consumed with an Obsessive compulsive disorder. It’s a sickness

  3. Right of the People says:

    I think this proves that she should be the candidate in 2012. The libtards fear her so much, there’d probably be mass suicide if she was elected.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Now I definitely know what I want for Christmas……mass suicide of liebral lemmings and Sara-cudda in the House of the People.
      (she can come to my house anytime she wishes……I’ll cook)

  4. BigOil says:

    You can’t help but admire the sheer audacity of the liberal media. They had no interest in unearthing a single document on the Marxist Messiah – in fact they castigated us if we even uttered the man’s middle name.

    In the end, when liberals and their colleagues in the media brazenly unmask themselves, it is to our benefit…and will lead to their demise. Keep it up.

  5. tranquil.night says:

    Even Palin Derangement Syndrome drives job production more than Hopenchange.

  6. Chase says:

    How much more conspiracy-ridden can an email be made to sound by 10 lunatik fetid lib-altered imaginations all cooking it up together?

    Perhaps they will just all become quickly bored, fall asleep, slobber on each other, and spread AIDS and other diseases amongst themselves…

    And as to journalism, well, I am quite certain that the volunteers are every bit as qualified to call themselves that as any of those actually paid to work full-time for most of the rags still hanging on around the Coasts. The journalism profession is no longer – like law, higher education, it is just a job, and one that can be done with no training, or guiding principles, as evident by the above plans of leading press establishments.

  7. Personally, I love this gal. If for no reason other than she confounds conventional wisdom repeatedly.

    I wrote to a friend yesterday (then included it in a blog post)

    “And she drives em nuts because of it. Who else could ride around the country in a bus, without having to declare a presidential bid, speak in the colloquial manner that suits her, and be regarded as a major contender. While the MSM crowd pulls their hair out on what in the heck is up with her, they don’t even realize how brilliant she is in playing to their driving curiosity.

    You know, its funny. She wears her mannerisms, and undecidedness like a perfume. One that both confuses and intensifies their love/hate for her. They follow her around trying to destroy her but have fallen in love with following her around.”

    She is the pied piper to the rats in the MSM, and I hope when the time comes we are able to pay our bill.


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