The Alaska Archives of Palin Emails
Keeping her fans hopes alive and her options open. …at least until the 24,000 emails drop later today.
From the New York Times:
Even as Ms. Palin orchestrates much of her messaging through digital media – one moment she tweaks President Obama via Twitter, then she elaborates on Facebook, all from wherever she might be at that moment – her old e-mails are being released by the pound, not the pixel, in six standard paper boxes, a total of about 250 pounds at a printing cost of $725 per set. And at least initially, the documents can be had only by either picking them up here, in remote Juneau – a city accessible only by plane and boat – or by having them shipped, at considerable cost, to newsrooms across the country.
In addition, more than 2,000 pages of the e-mails have been withheld for various reasons, including executive privilege and privacy, according to Mr. Parnell’s office. Many of the documents that are being released have had details redacted by state lawyers.
“Why has your staff only implemented taxing ways to disclose these (redacted) public documents? What about scanning them?” Andree McLeod, a Palin critic who started filing records requests even before Ms. Palin became a national figure, wrote to Mr. Parnell recently.
The documents are to be released at 9 a.m. Alaska time on Friday – 1 p.m. in New York – and some news organizations are putting into place elaborate systems for scanning them and inviting the public to help search them online. MSNBC, ProPublica and Mother Jones magazine are working with a research company to create an online database of the documents. The company, Crivella West, created a similar database last year when the state released a much smaller set of documents related to the involvement of Ms. Palin’s husband, Todd, with state government. The company has not said when exactly its new database will be ready.
You can read them at the LA Times in the “Alaska archives” once they arrive.
Friday is always considered dump day, which certainly holds true for Palin today.
In brighter news for Palin fans, “The Undefeated” is now going to get a nationwide release.