Sunday, June 12, 2011
Will Efforts to Comb Through Gov. Palin's E-Mails Backfire?
Don Quixote Tilting at Windmills
Thomas Lifson at American Thinker believes that Sarah Palin can turn this mass dump of e-mails to her advantage.
The media feeding frenzy over 24,000 emails pertaining to Sarah Palin 's governorship in Alaska is already redounding to her benefit, while further eroding the vestiges of credibility once enjoyed by the shrunken giants of American journalism, including but not limited to the New York Times, Washington Post, and CBS News. The mere fact that Mrs. Palin is a private citizen, and candidate for no office, has not prevented these once influential outlets from devoting substantial time and effort to minutely examining every document for something -- anything! -- to use as a gotcha. The extreme hostility is transparent to all.
The fact that the Times and Post both begged their readers for help in going through to documents says much about the essentially tribal nature of their audiences. The goal of both publications now is obviously the advancement of a political agenda, not the publication of significant news.
The contrast with the studied disinterest in the many lacunae in the documentation of Barack Obama 's political career could not be more blatant....