Today, at 1 pm (EST), a cache of emails Sarah Palin sent and/or received while Governor of Alaska is set to be released.
How many emails? Figures range from 20,000 to upwards of 24,000. They cover a large time period – December 2006 to September 2008 – and the same media machine that couldn’t find anything wrong, or even worth investigating, as far as Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama were concerned, is now asking readers to help them pour through the emails and get the dirt on Palin.
That’s right: both the Washington Post and the New York Times have announced they will publish the emails tomorrow as they get them, and they want readers to read over them, find the things that are “most interesting” or “most noteworthy,” and email notes on those portions to the respective papers. (Any of you who did a research intensive degree in college know what this means: it means the newspaper is then going to take those “most interesting” pieces, paste them on the front page of their website, and say, “Look here folks! We found a chink in Palin’s armor! She’s beatable! She’s beatable!”)
In making this request, both the Washington Post and the New York Times prove they’ve yet to learn how much the people love Palin. But we can help them learn this lesson after 1 pm by sending a ton of emails that have absolutely nothing to with Palin’s correspondence cache.
In other words, the Washington Post reports they’ll be posting Palin’s emails here, and they’ll include a link whereby readers can respond when they find that “most noteworthy” information. The New York Times has been kind enough to say they’ll post Palin’s emails here, and they will likewise include a link whereby readers can respond when they find that juicy nugget that’s going to prove Palin doesn’t love America after all (or that she really shot her Caribou from a distance of 120 yards instead of 123).
Our job is simple: once the emails post, we need to click the links for each paper (cited in previous paragraph) and send both of them an email (or emails) about the noteworthy information we found. But instead of sending something from Palin’s emails, send them your favorite line from a Charlton Heston speech or movie. Or send them your favorite line from your favorite song or from a piece of classic literature.
Even if both papers figure out what’s happening rather quickly, the knowledge that we’ve sent random information will them force to research and verify every email (and re-open and re-research those which they took for granted upon receiving them). In turn, this will ruin all their fun and shut this little experiment down before it even gets rolling.
Oh yes, and it will do one other thing too: it will teach them once more that America loves Sarah Palin.
Whether she runs for President or not (or whether you plan to vote for her or not), we can all agree that she stands for something the mainstream media ought not drag through the mud.
Spread the word folks. Recruit your friends. At 1 pm, it’s game on.