Digging for dirt is becoming an organized crowdsourcing phenomena

They finally got the State of Alaska to let loose with Governor Palin’s electronic communications records. Now the fun begins, maybe. Charlie Quindunc: Help Us Investigate the NY Times and Washington Post

now we see that both the Times and the Washington Post are trolling the fever swamps for people with no lives to divide up the 24,000 emails into digestable chucks so they can quickly let the juiciest tidbits rise to the top.

Kate describes why I’m Not Expecting A Call Back noting that “Hypocrisy such as this why we hold modern “journalism” in such deep and abiding contempt.

Allahpundit says NYT, WaPo to readers: Hey, anyone want to help us dig for dirt in Palin’s e-mails?

An unusual example of media efficiency. There’s a huge new supply available of her e-mails as governor and an eternally huge demand among Palin-hating liberals for new dirt on her. If you’re a cash-strapped editor, why not match one to the other and let the market do your work for you? Palin derangement is like the wind, or the sun: All the media has to do is harness it to provide a limitless supply of productivity.

If nothing else, this illustrates why it was best for Alaska that Palin resign as governor. The efforts such as this to find something to pin on Palin, anything, were costing the state a good chunk of money and providing significant distraction from governance. It would not really be an issue if there was something of significance to warrant investigation but all of the efforts so far have only turned up empty and the allegations used to rationalize the efforts have turned out to be fabricated or exaggerated.

But one behavior that is worthy of note is that those of this anti-Palin ideology set do not give up. Losing elections doesn’t matter – just look at the recent Wisconsin ‘protests’ and election contesting (even zombies at a Governor’s ceremony to award Special Olympics?) This effort will be something to watch. When people look for something hard enough, they will be sure to find it even if they have to make it up. It is sort of like the gold miner who can’t tell the real thing from iron pyrite.

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