The press couldn’t be bothered to dig up Obama’s past associations, or his transcripts, or anything about him that would trouble voters they were relying upon to buy into the hope and change and historic aspects of his presidency. Similarly, they sat on the story of John Edwards’ mistress and baby, just as before they’d spiked the Monica Lewinski story — just as today they are moving to turn the Anthony Weiner story into an indictment of “right wing hypocrisy” for conservatives having noticed it at all, and continue to hide the Khalidi tape.
But don’t you worry. When they find an unschooled, silly, unelectable, bus-riding snowbilly, they once again find their calling, taking on the tough work of recruiting liberal readers to help them go through 24 thousand of Sarah Palin’s emails. Richard Fernandez:
Ryan Kellett at the Washington Post is looking for a few people to analyze “24,000 e-mail messages to and from Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska’s governor”.
Here’s how to participate … We’ll be posting them here, and are inviting you to comment on the most interesting or most noteworthy sections. Please include page numbers and, where possible, a dire ct excerpt. 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. For micro-updates as tomorrow unfolds, check out our new Twitter feed.
The NYT has a similar project. Derek Willis writes in a link interestingly hrefed “http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/09/help-us-investigate-the-sarah-palin-e-mail-records …” — note the “help us investigate”:
On Friday, the State of Alaska will release more than 24,000 of Sarah Palin’s e-mails covering much of her tenure as governor of Alaska. Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails, which we will be posting on NYtimes.com starting on Friday afternoon.
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 of the major sources of journalistic power lies in being able to choose what to focus on and what to ignore. The pattern of attention paid to subjects by the press itself conveys information. The academic and professional records of President were subjects fit to ignore. [...]
The leftwing press has long settled into abject laziness — demanding itineraries, reprinting press releases — mostly because they believe their real job is not to report, but to interpret, then frame the resulting narrative in the way they think best aids the “proper” political outcome, namely, the political positions favored by big government progressives; but now, they’re actively soliciting leftwing drones to do their work for them — literally, to help them put together the hit piece on Sarah Palin.
It’s like summer camp to these people!
The worst part of all this, of course, will be watching David Frum, David Brooks, Karl Rove, Dick Morris, Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Jen Rubin, most of the writers at Commentary, and half the writers at National Review and the Weekly Standard scurrying to get in on the action.
For her part, Palin doesn’t seem much to care. I think this does the establishment no good — except insofar as they WILL create a story out of nothing, run it for a while (‘”we’re just asking questions!”), drive it, through inference, into the national consciousness, at which point the right will tell us about Palin’s “baggage” and reluctantly conclude she can’t win, etc etc. All of which is designed to try to keep her out of the race.
– Because she can’t win, you see. And she’s unserious. And nobody would vote for her. So really, this is all for her own good. And our own good.
I said it as early as 2004: the press cannot be allowed to operate this way, or we don’t have a free country. And it doesn’t help that the establishment GOP — and many of our inside the Beltway pundits — are as eager as the leftwing press to keep the ruling class free from any presumptuous outsiders, with their halibut clubs and their shotguns and their quaint ideas about smaller government…
(thanks to geoff B)