Think you know everything there is to know about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin? Think again.
Since 2008, Mother Jones' David Corn has been actively petitioning for access to and public release of Palin's e-mails. Following in the footsteps of Corn's initial request, other media outlets subsequently began formally asking the Alaska government to release the e-mails Palin sent during her term. Mediaite sheds additional light on the scenario:
The state of Alaska initially told Corn that they had located 26,552 pages of emails, but are redacting 2,353 pages for unspecified reasons. Along these same lines, Palin apparently also used a personal email address for some of her official correspondence, and while the Alaskan government recovered some of these by looking through the official inboxes of some top officials, it’s possible that some communication was done among Palin’s personal account and the personal accounts of other State officials.
In sum, 24,199 pages will be presented for public viewing. In fact, Yahoo! reports that "Mother Jones, MSNBC.com and ProPublica" are preparing to make the documents available for mass consumption "in a searchable archive."
In an op-ed for the Anchorage Daily News piece, Paul Jenkins writes that the e-mails may paint Palin in a very negative light:
The emails are going to be -- if released in readable form after passing through lawyers' hands and being scrubbed by the governor's office -- delicious. There likely will be little good news in them for her. Having read only snippets of emails in Palin staffer Frank Bailey's book, "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin," or "Hey, I Got Emails Nobody Else Can Get and I Can Make Some Dough," the venom, bullying, intimidation, absolute paranoia and craziness of the Palin administration spins off the pages.
What do you think about this? Should Palin's e-mails be released by major media outlets in a "searchable database?" Once public, the media will surely find appealing tidbits to feature and focus upon for some time to come.