The media continues to treat Sarah Palin as if she were either a candidate or office holder. She is scrutinized, criticized, and followed closely.
Now, there are many who believe that the latest attempt by NY Times and Washington Post to find fault with Palin will actually help her. According to ‘The Telegraph’, the email frenzy has backfired:
The trove of more than 13,000 emails detailing almost every aspect of Sarah Palin’s governorship of Alaska, released late on Friday, paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics.
If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. As a blogger at Powerline noted, the whole saga might come to be viewed as “an embarrassment for legacy media”.
Personally I think it is too soon to decide that the email disclosures will help her and even if it proves to be helpful, it is very troubling to me that we allow media to disregard the rights of a citizen in this way. While I realize she is a public figure, I wish we could return to a more civilized treatment of one another in the USA. If the emails had even possibly contained something that might affect our national security or some other important aspect of American life, then perhaps the invasion of privacy could be justified, but just to search for something unsavory to use as a political attack? Surely we are better than this.