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Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore Criticize Media Fascination with Palin Emails

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On Friday, a two-year-old request to release the emails of former VP candidate Sarah Palin while she was Governor of Alaska was finally granted. Many members of the mainstream media descended upon Juneau to collect the emails, which were distributed in hard-copy in 50 pound boxes.

The idea was that the emails, sent from Palin’s Yahoo account during her tenure, might contain some interesting information. The thought makes sense, as the release of the emails was delayed for years following the initial request. State officials have also redacted many of the publicly released emails and held on to a couple thousand, prompting some to wonder what might be in the unseen portions of the trove.

But as it turns out, the emails aren’t proving to be a source of any new, earth-shattering information about the former Governor. Even as many major news outlets crowdsourced the investigation of the emails, nobody has been able to find anything damning or really even remotely newsworthy.

The only thing that has really made any sort of news, at least in the Twitter world was the headline that Palin writes emails at an 8th grade level. While quite easy to make a joke about that considering Palin’s history of sometimes perplexing answers to questions and her recent Paul Revere gaffe, it’s important to note that writing on an 8th grade reading level is actually pretty normal. Conciseness and brevity, both of which the analysts say Palin appears to have, can “lower” the reading level. In comparison, ‘The Gettysburg Address” was a 9.1 on the Flesch-Kincaid test and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech scored only .6 higher than the Palin samples, at an 8.8.

Two prominent Twitter users have come out against the media for their obsession with the Palin emails. Ashton Kutcher and wife Demi Moore have expressed their disdain for what Kutcher calls an “over reaching” media –

As much as I’m not a fan of Sarah Palin I find sifting through her emails repulsive and over reaching media #palinemail 3 days ago via Flipboard · powered by @socialditto

So agree! RT @aplusk: As much as I’m not a fan of Sarah Palin I find sifting through her emails repulsive & over reaching media #palinemail 2 days ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

The two celebrities aren’t the only ones to weigh in on the coverage of the emails, as Twitter has interesting comments from both sides of the aisle –

Not sure what everyone was expecting from #Palin emails. Renewal of her Economist subscription? Love notes to McCain? #palinemail 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

@mrskutcher @aplusk The merging of paparazzi tabloid mentality and politics #palinemail 18 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

But Weinergate is vital? RT @andilinks: Intense interest in #PalinEmail reveals the vapidity and shallowness of the left 3 days ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

In my opinion, while it’s true that transparency in government is vital, this Palin thing does feel like an obsession with a celebrity rather than a real need to find important information.

Let’s leave it with The Daily Show to do what it does best – sum everything up perfectly with comedy.

Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore Criticize Media Fascination with Palin Emails


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  • offie223

    I know, I know, this has been said a gazillion times already but THIS IS A VERY SICK MEDIA OBSESSION! If only the same level of scrutiny was given to people who actually were holding public office. All kidding aside, this is very, very scary. The level of hatred and vitriol against this woman and her family by what is supposed to be a fair-minded press is outrageous. They, quite obviously, would stoop to anything and grasp at any straw to destroy her and her family. And I’m a democrat (not too proud of it these days)!

  • farmrdave

    The level of investigation and name calling by the media says something about Sarah Palin, they are afraid of her. Washington is afraid. The Democrats are afraid. All those persons who think they control free Americans are afraid. Sarah represents those of us who believe in “Life, Liberty, and the American way”. Paul Revere did warn the british. Listen to Sarah, her warning is about those who are like the British were in Paul Reveres time that are here now doing what we fought the British about. Laws and regulations that control every activity in your life, tax everything you do and everything do not do. Sarah Palin represents “us”.
    It is wonderful that someone from Hollywood has comment against the media bias.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Chris Richardson

      “Paul Revere did warn the british.”

      Please stop.

  • http://eatbulagalivestreaming.blogspot.com pacmanhbo

    Palin such a buzz eat bulaga live streaming

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