Our sister paper up in Alaska, The Anchorage Daily News, is live blogging the release of 24,000 Sarah Palin e-mails released as part of a massive public records request. Politics reporter Sean Cockerham (formerly of the TNT) is poring over the boxes of documents and posting as he goes along. (Click here for the story so far.)
A recent post from Sean:
The emails show Palin and her team obsessive about countering criticism of the governor. One example, from April 24, 2008, is an email from Palin communications director Roseanne Hughes to the top members of the governor’s staff.
“Now. About the blogs. As you know, our boss is getting pounded. Let’s take action. TODAY.
Frank and Ivy, if you could get the word out to your contacts – grassroots supporters who love our boss – we need to get them out there FLOODING that Anchorage Daily News Alaska politics blog. I mean FLOODING.
She then offered ideas of what people could say, including “Quoting Newt Gingrich that Governor Palin is one of the most aggressive reformers in the country.”’
The New York Times has put up a searchable database of some of the e-mails received so far. They and other outlets are asking for the public’s help is reading the e-mails and flagging anything significant.