Conservative media figures rip NYT, WaPo for asking readers to help ‘investigate’ Palin emails

The New York Times and the Washington Post issued open calls on Thursday asking their readers to help them “investigate” emails from Sarah Palin’s tenure as governor of Alaska. There was no indication of what this investigation was supposed to uncover.

Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin told The Daily Caller that the Times and the Post should just finally admit it: they are “left-wing organs.” Malkin wondered why these bold, new media-minded folks were not investigating the Obama administration.

“Where were all the crowd-sourcing champions at the New York Times and Washington Post when Democrats dumped the thousand-plus pages of the Obamacare and stimulus laws on the American people?” Malkin asked in an email to TheDC. “How about issuing an open call for collective public analysis of the nearly 1,400 recipients of HHS health care waivers? Or perhaps a project to pursue FOIA requests and reader information-gathering to probe Project Gunrunner?”

Malkin said calls for reader help with investigations that are critical of anyone on the left “ain’t gonna happen, of course,” at the Post or the Times. “So perhaps these left-wing organs should simply abandon all pretenses and form a progressive consortium with the Huffington Post and Daily Kos to officially unveil Operation Get Sarah,” Malkin said. “Then they can submit their joint application for the Pulitzer Prize in public-service journalism while mocking Palin for her thin skin.”

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Ann Coulter, author of the new book “Demonic,” told TheDC she thinks the Post and Times should refocus their efforts on something more useful to their audiences. “I think they should review my book!” Coulter said in an email to TheDC. “How many bestsellers do I have to write to get a review around here?”

Accuracy in Media’s Center for Investigative Journalism director Cliff Kincaid told TheDC that these open calls for help attacking Palin show the Times and the Post are biased and lazy.

“The appeal for help going through the Palin emails reflects both liberal bias and laziness on the part of these news organizations,” Kincaid said in an email to TheDC. “They want dirt on Palin but don’t want to get their fingernails dirty doing the digging. They personally don’t want to spend the time sifting through the material, but are afraid they might miss something that could be interpreted in such a way as to cast Palin in a bad light.”

Kincaid said the newspapers are basically using untrained free labor to do their jobs for them.

“So they are relying on amateurs and free labor to do the heavy lifting,”Kincaid said. “Reporters don’t have the time to actually do the work because they are primping for their next TV appearance or getting makeup in the green room. This is the nature of liberal journalism today.”

Even if Times and Post readers answer the call to start ripping apart Palin’s emails, there is still no indication they will find anything controversial. Jedediah Bila, a columnist for The Daily Caller and author of the new book “Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative,” said she thinks this latest call is indicative of the mainstream media’s treatment of Palin.