At 1 p.m. today, the state of Alaska is releasing 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails while she was governor. The e-mails are being made public as a result of media and citizens’ requests in 2008.
Volunteers are going to the state capitol there to help sort through them. msnbc.com, Mother Jones and ProPublica are producing a website that will be a free searchable archive of the e-mails. msnbc.com is live-blogging the release.
Major media organizations are gearing up to read them and see what news they produce. Some, in fact, are asking for people who aren’t necessarily journalists to help them go through the material. (See here and here.)
Needless to say, some people either don’t think this is a story, or can’t believe media organizations are asking people for help. One anonymous comment on the msnbc.com site says, “This is a joke, right? I am both liberal and a registered Democrat, and I think this smells.”
Comments on the New York Times’ blog post asking for people to help them go through the e-mails include, “Don’t you folks get paid to do this work yourself?” and “I don’t remember the NY Times asking the public to go through then Senator Obama’s emails to find newsworthy materials…”