The State of Alaska has released 24,000 of former Governor Sarah Palin emails to the public yesterday. This caused a Media frenzy, as the New York Times, Washington Post and NBC News to appeal to the public for help in sifting through them. The emails cover a 21-month period from 2007 to 2009. So far, about the only controversial email found concerns a tanning bed at the governor′s mansion in Juneau and her thoughts about being selected to run with John McCain for the White House. The Anchorage Daily News and other sources have also found that Palin has received many death threats after becoming the 2008 Vice Presidential candidate.
The media frenzy in attempts to find more dirt on Sarah Palin is perhaps a new low for the state of journalism in the United States. Never before have so many sought to find so much wrong with one person. The modern day witch hunt goes beyond the pale of responsible, ethical journalism, and unmasks their true agenda.
A few interesting pieces of information have been learned from the emails. They verify the hard work Palin did to break a 30-year deadlock on plans to build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower-48 with her pluck and political savvy. We also learn that as early as April of 2008, many supporters of Palin began encouraging her to run with John McCain. That in June, several news organizations, including the Wall Street Journal, saw her as a potential VP running mate with McCain.
Most of the 24,000 Sarah Palin emails released by the State of Alaska demonstrate her hard work as governor and the wide spread popularity she enjoyed. But the New York Times, Washington Post and NBC News continue to go negative, seeking anything, even the smallest, most obscure reason to cast doubt on any possible run for the White House against Barack Obama in 2012. The emails tend to reinforce the wisdom by John McCain in selecting Palin to be his vice presidential running mate in 2008.