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Help Us Investigate the Sarah Palin E-Mail Records

On Friday, the State of Alaska will release more than 24,000 of Sarah Palin’s e-mails covering much of her tenure as governor of Alaska. Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails, which we will be posting on nytimes.com starting on Friday afternoon E.D.T.

We’re asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight. Interested users can fill out a simple form to describe the nature of the e-mail, and provide a name and e-mail address so we’ll know who should get the credit. Join us here on Friday afternoon and into the weekend to participate.


Help analyze the Palin e-mails

Over 24,000 e-mail messages to and from former Alaska governor Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska’s governor will be released Friday. That’s a lot of e-mail for us to review so we’re looking for some help from Fix readers to analyze, contextualize, and research those e-mails right alongside Post reporters over the days following the release.

We are limiting this to just 100 spots for people who will work collaboratively in small teams to surface the most important information from the e-mails. Participants can join from anywhere with a computer and an Internet connection. Read more about how it will work.

If you need inspiration before getting started, take a look at what to expect from the e-mail drop. For micro-updates as tomorrow unfolds, check out our new Twitter feed.

Wow. Just imagine if they had put this kind of effort into analyzing… I dunno… Obamacare?

Well, if this doesn’t prove how irrelevant Palin is, nothing will. I want to help. It just so happens that I got a sneak peek at those e-mails, and here’s a little teaser:

to sarahpalin@governor.ak.us.gov
date Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 10:23 PM
subject what

are you wearing


from sarahpalin@governor.ak.us.gov
date Sat, Feb 7, 2009 at 9:43 AM
subject Re: what

A parka. Is there anything else I can help you with, Mr. Letterman?

Hope that helps, Democratic Party apparatchiks!

P.S. Allahpundit: “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.”