This afternoon 24,199 printed pages of Sarah Palin's emails during her time as governor of Alaska are being released. The product of a Freedom of Information Act request, the documents will be released to media organizations at 9 a.m. Juneau time. They will then rush to get them scanned and uploaded to the web. They've asked everyone for help going through them
, and we'll be keeping track of what the media and the wider world find. See something interesting? Send it to me
Maybe Palin--attacked in 2008 for being pro-helicopter wolf hunting
--loves animals after all! On January 2, 2007
, she told an aide that she would not support opening up a wildlife sanctuary for bear hunting. The reason, though, is classic Palin: Wimpy elites are after those bears! Palin--referring to people from the Lower 48 as from "Outside"--writes:
I am a hunter. I grew up hunting - some of my best memories growing up are of hunting with my dad to help feel our freezer... I want Alaskans to have access to wildlife...
BUT - he's asking if I support hunting the bears in the sanctuary? No, I don't... I don't know any Alaskans who do support hunting the McNeil bears that frequent the viewing area. Many Alaskan and Outside visitors view these animals on the McNeil river, within the sanctuary, and, as my parents have reported back after their viewing trip, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see such beauty on that river.
Alaska is a huge state. There are many, many areas that should be supported for access to wildlife resources... who's pushing for the hunt at McNeil?
(I don't know who's pushing the issue unless it's a few guides who take Outside hunters who pay thousands and thousands of dollars to hunt near the area because it may be an easy hunt.)
2:48 p.m. New York
's Dan Amira
notes this unusual find, a photo of what appears to be Palin, husband Todd, and an Elvis lookalike.
. Mother Jones
' Adam Weinstein
tweets this photo of his magazine's "Juneau bureau":
On January 28, 2008
, Erika Pagerstrom, executive residence manager for the governor's mansion, emailed Palin two detailed plans to have a tanning bed installed. Palin paid
for the tanning bed with her own money, nevertheless, it was an unusual accessory for a governor's mansion.
Janice Mason, Palin's scheduler while she was governor, emailed Palin on August 29, 2008
: "Governor -
Congratulations to you and your family! We love you. I just received a call from VP Dick Cheney. He called directly from his home and asked that you give him a call. Here is his direct number." The number is redacted. No prank calls, folks!
1:58 p.m. Todd Palin goes pro.
As she's figuring out McCain campaign logistics, on September 1, 2008, Palin aide Meghan Stapleton, using a Hotmail account, reminds
Palin, "don't forget: let's use your personal email for all this."
1:32 p.m. Mother Jones
1:45 p.m. The first box of emails have been scanned into the Palin email project site of MSNBC, Mother Jones, and ProPublica. Because your humble aggregator is, like so many reporters, a bit self-obsessed, she was hoping to immediately find a Palin email about the press. Thus, with Palin's relationship with the media in mind, the first search term entered was "stupid." It yielded two results. Unfortunately the best one had already been released. Referring to the then-speaker of the Alaska House's criticism of her push for ethics reform, Palin wrote, "I think that's the most stupid comment I've heard all year."
A search for "dumb" was similarly disappointing, as it pulled up an email from a fan wishing Palin a happy birthday. The emailer suggests Palin name her child after him: "If it is a boy, feel free to consider Timo. You did tell me once what a great name it was ... and you weren't running for anything at the time. Insert Big Dumb Grin here."
' Kate Sheppard
tweets "So the 24,000 pages of #palinemail are printed double-sided. I guess I should be glad they saved some trees."
1:26 p.m. Mother Jones
' David Corn
reports the email trove contains a "189-page roster of listing material withheld." Among the missing
is a message "to Sarah Palin re meeting with VP Cheney staffer about gas pipeline and Endangered Species Act 3/8/07."
The Daily Beast's Shushannah Walshe
plucks this gem out of her email set. It's a lovely poem sent to Palin and others:
1:17 p.m. Ed Pilkington pulls out a few emails at random:
- "Click has recommended the appointment of redacted to fill a vacancy on the safet council."
- "what the hell has happened to the leadership positions of our great states?"
- "its killing to realize how misinformed leggies, reporters and others are on this issue." Pilkington says this is a reference to Troopergate.
. The Guardian
's Ed Pilkington caressing
his treasure in the car ride home, just like a boy with his new Christmas puppy.
Elevator traffic jam
to get the boxes out of the building:
12:52 p.m. Mother Jones
' Adam Weinstein
tweets this photo, announcing, "We have our boxes."
12:45 p.m. The Guardian
's "Human Scanning Sensation" Simon Jeffrey
has left his hotel and is now "near the boxes"! Colleague Ian Katz
promises he'll spend Friday "holed up in his room at t Frontier Suites, Juneau drinking Red Bull and scanning Palin mails all nght." The excitement feels like Christmas mixed with Trick or Treat mixed with studying for midterms.
12:42 p.m. The Washington Post's Rachel Weiner posts this photo of the boxes:
. Everybody calm down, please! National Review
's Jason Richwine
writes, "Before the full media circus begins, here’s a proposed rule to guide the discussion: anyone who wants to criticize the content of the Palin e-mails must first make all of his or her own e-mails available for others to read. Sound fair?" He says reporters should remember that these messages were written for the understanding of a few staffers, not the whole country.
The anticipation is building! Michael Falcone of ABC News tweeted
the photo above: "Here they are: the #Palin
emails waiting to be opened."