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Sarah Palin's emails: There's hardly any there [LA Times]
Los Angeles Times ^ | June 15, 2011 | by Michael Carey

Posted on 06/15/2011 6:31:26 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

If the emails have a tale to tell, it is this: Sarah Palin was a typical governor of a state of less than a million people until John McCain selected her as his running mate. After that, she became a celebrity.

Although she has a journalism degree, she is in no way a polished writer whose email prose leaves you begging for more. She is an ordinary stylist and ordinary thinker.

These characteristics don't bring Abraham Lincoln to mind. But they aren't symptoms of incompetence either. Many of Alaska's governors have feuded with the media, struggled with the Legislature, run amok pursuing trivia, relied on only a handful of advisors, wearied of the congressional delegation rolling the truth downhill in the direction of the Capitol, and written unimpressively. Palin's open reliance on her Christian faith, however, is definitely different than her predecessors, a first.

It may be shocking, but as governor of Alaska, Palin spent a lot of time trying to do the job she had been elected to do, surrounded by people who sometimes agreed with her, sometimes not. This is not the banality of evil; it's the reality of governing.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: journalism; media; palin
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Michael Carey is a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News and the host of "Alaska Edition," a weekly public affairs show broadcast by Alaska Public Television.
1 posted on 06/15/2011 6:31:31 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They couldn’t find anything else, so now they’re down to “writing style”, sentence structure, writing conviction, grammar, and spelling...the last frontier for those without any facts, or even a point.


2 posted on 06/15/2011 6:34:29 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
she is in no way a polished writer

I would point out that e-mail messages to subordinates and peers are not literature. One needs to communicate at a low enough level to get the message across clearly.

One doesn't generally "polish" such things.

3 posted on 06/15/2011 6:34:39 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ya think the LA Times will now release the Khalidi/Obama tape?


4 posted on 06/15/2011 6:35:16 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
She is an ordinary stylist and ordinary thinker. These characteristics don't bring Abraham Lincoln to mind.

Poor girl. All my emails read like the Gettysburg Address.

5 posted on 06/15/2011 6:35:26 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Sarah Palin was a typical governor of a state of less than a million people

And we know this because we have 24,000 emails of other governors to compare with hers........oh wait...

6 posted on 06/15/2011 6:35:43 AM PDT by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So, they got nuthin’! The best they can do is damn her with faint praise. What a bunch of loser frauds. Bob


7 posted on 06/15/2011 6:37:00 AM PDT by alstewartfan (When you're fresh out of lawyers, you don't know how good it's gonna feel! Al Stewart)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wonder what Michael Carey’s accomplishments are and how they compare to Palin’s.


8 posted on 06/15/2011 6:37:03 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: FrankR

“If the emails have a tale to tell, it is this: Sarah Palin was a typical governor of a state of less than a million people until John McCain selected her as his running mate. After that, she became a celebrity and morphed into the tweeting, whining, high-decibel right-wing scold whose name excites or infuriates Americans as she continues to make millions of dollars from her fame on television and traveling the country, drawing endless media attention.”


9 posted on 06/15/2011 6:37:35 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Does Zer0’s academic record demonstrate that he is anywhere above a “D” student?


10 posted on 06/15/2011 6:38:25 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Izzy Dunne

I’m guessing Charles Dickens would have written sh!tty emails.


11 posted on 06/15/2011 6:38:57 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (I'm called a 'teabagger'? Well, get over here liberal and I'll show you what that means.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So she’s “ordinary”, eh?

Somehow she’s managed to outmaneuver and outthink all you journalism majors. Admittedly, outdoing a newspaper goon doesn’t take much, but she’s done it with style and class.

Keep it up, LAT...you’ve gotta stick your head up Obama’s *** so that you can stay employed after your paper goes under.


12 posted on 06/15/2011 6:39:21 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And just what is the proper “prose” for quick e-mail note fired off from a blackberry?


13 posted on 06/15/2011 6:39:50 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Fester Chugabrew
These characteristics don't bring Abraham Lincoln to mind.

Wait a minute...I thought the popular line on Lincoln in his time was that he was a dimwitted farmboy, coarse, crude and ugly to boot. Hmmmmm.....

14 posted on 06/15/2011 6:40:12 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (It's not so much where, but to whom.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Is that your text, or, are you quoting the LA Times?


15 posted on 06/15/2011 6:40:53 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Poor girl. All my emails read like the Gettysburg Address.

I prefer the style of Ernest Hemingway, perhaps: "Please meet me in conference room 3 at 2:30 or you are likely to die..., alone..., in the rain."

16 posted on 06/15/2011 6:41:57 AM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will have more quality executive experience than Barack Obama.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
It may be shocking, but as governor of Alaska, Palin spent a lot of time trying to do the job she had been elected to do

What the heck is so "shocking" about that?

17 posted on 06/15/2011 6:42:35 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Michael Careys writing style did not leave me wanting more, either. Email was never intended to be prose. By it’s very name it is intended to convey information in a compact, portable and concise manner, quickly.


18 posted on 06/15/2011 6:42:45 AM PDT by sappy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Dear LA Times:

GO POUND SALT.

When you hypocritical lying bastards launch a SIMILAR probe into the e-mails of the current non-entity in the White House as a Senator from Illinois, people MIGHT take your left-wing pandering more seriously. While you are at it, you should investigate Mr. Obama’s sources of FOREIGN funds when he last ran for office, his activities as a “community orghanizer in Chicago, and his alleged academic record OR LACK OF SAME.

Fondly

ZULU


19 posted on 06/15/2011 6:44:26 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
“It may be shocking, but as governor of Alaska, Palin spent a lot of time trying to do the job she had been elected to do,”

No, what's shocking is how tiny a world liberals live in. But they have to, because to step out of it means they'd be exposed to the truth.

20 posted on 06/15/2011 6:45:25 AM PDT by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: FrankR
They couldn’t find anything else, so now they’re down to “writing style”, sentence structure, writing conviction, grammar, and spelling...the last frontier for those without any facts, or even a point.

Right on. Many times I will, in an email, start a sentence with a preposition. Grammatically it is wrong, but I get my point across easily and you still know what I mean. That is the real point of communicating.

21 posted on 06/15/2011 6:47:52 AM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: FrankR
They couldn’t find anything else, so now they’re down to “writing style”, sentence structure, writing conviction, grammar, and spelling...the last frontier for those without any facts, or even a point.

Reminds me of the multi-week national tragedy that the libs declared because W, like many of us, pronounces Dingy Harry's home state as NevaHda.

22 posted on 06/15/2011 6:48:29 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: NMEwithin

Shocking because the liberal world teaches otherwise. And they don’t dare venture outside that.


23 posted on 06/15/2011 6:49:32 AM PDT by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: FrankR

As a writer, surely he realizes that e-mails are not usually considered formal writing. Geesh!


24 posted on 06/15/2011 6:50:15 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Mine are more like Shakespeare, but I know what you mean.


25 posted on 06/15/2011 6:51:33 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Is there anyone that Obama won't toss under the bus?)
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To: ryan71

This new tact the media is taking is designed to do two things: ignore those entries that actually put Palin in a good light, that show her leading on principle and doing the job the people elected her to do; and two, dismiss the exercise as worthless to discourage the talk of looking at OTHER politicians’ emails and public records using the FOIA. “Nothing to see here, move along and let’s not go down this path again with anyone else.”


26 posted on 06/15/2011 6:51:33 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Sarah will blurt out the truth without thinking. That is pure horror for the thought control police in the media.


27 posted on 06/15/2011 6:51:34 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
As someone who led a large organization with many subordinates with varying responsibilities, let me say this:

As governor, she probably got 100 emails a day, and although some were informational and required no response... I'd wager that more than half of them did.

In such a position, lengthy emails are a waste of time.

My emails typically went something like: "Janet, please see Suzy to schedule a status update with me this week... 30 minutes max."

Short and to the point.

28 posted on 06/15/2011 6:53:31 AM PDT by TontoKowalski
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To: Da Coyote
Keep it up, LAT...you’ve gotta stick your head up Obama’s *** so that you can stay employed after your paper goes under.

I wonder how much TARP and Porkulous money went to the NY Slimes, WaPo, LA Slimes and the Trib to keep them in the stable.

29 posted on 06/15/2011 6:53:39 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: FrankR

Frank,
It’s surrounded by quotation marks. I don’t know how to do the italics deal that most people use for quotations. Love your graphics!


30 posted on 06/15/2011 6:54:32 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Impressive writing? In emails? What were they expecting?


31 posted on 06/15/2011 6:54:47 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
We all read liberal media. Not sure why, other than we almost have to.

Conversely, it's quite clear liberals rarely read conservative media. Their knowledge outside their world is shockingly limited.

They rarely see into our world, while we routinely see theirs. I think they avoid doing so, purposely.

We have a distinct advantage. Truth.

32 posted on 06/15/2011 6:57:48 AM PDT by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“The banality of evil . . .”

She’s evvvviiiilllll! I tell you!


33 posted on 06/15/2011 6:57:59 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: TontoKowalski

AOL Weird News brought samples to two writing analysts who independently evaluated 24,000 pages of the former governor’s emails. They came back in agreement that Palin composed her messages at an eighth-grade level, an excellent score for a chief executive, they said.

“I’m a centrist Democrat, and would have loved to support my hunch that Ms. Palin is illiterate,” said 2tor Chief Executive Officer John Katzman.

“However, the emails say something else. Ms. Palin writes emails on her Blackberry at a grade level of 8.5.

“If she were a student and showing me her work, I‘d say ’It’s fine, clear writing,’” he said, admitting that emails he wrote scored lower than Palin’s on the widely used Flesch-Kincaid readability test.


34 posted on 06/15/2011 6:58:49 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: sappy

“Michael Careys writing style did not leave me wanting more, either. Email was never intended to be prose. By it’s very name it is intended to convey information in a compact, portable and concise manner, quickly”

I can just hear this guy going back to his editor and saying “Dere ain’t nuttin dere”! To which his editor replys.. “OK she’s got a J degree, pick apart her writing style” . This is the kind of krap you get with MSM and why their stuff is pet rat cage linning.


35 posted on 06/15/2011 7:04:40 AM PDT by mosesdapoet ("To punish a province Let it be ruled by a professor " Frederick The Great paraphrased)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
It may be shocking, but as governor of Alaska, Palin spent a lot of time trying to do the job she had been elected to do,

Oh the horror. She was actually doing her job! If the SRM wants to see some emails that make no sense, they should see some my ex boss (liberal numero uno) that had so many misspellings and incomplete sentences, we had to call to see what he wanted. He is now an LTC.

36 posted on 06/15/2011 7:05:24 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back. He ain't my president either.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I didn’t realize that email should be written as prose. Why isn’t this common knowledge?!


37 posted on 06/15/2011 7:05:41 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Vermont Lt

:: Mine are more like Shakespeare, but I know what you mean. ::

Mine start out reading like Shakespeare but then I run it through the spell-check...


38 posted on 06/15/2011 7:07:26 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: Kirkwood

If only Carey was half the man Palin is.


39 posted on 06/15/2011 7:08:06 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Sarah Palin, the only candidate to be vetted by the NY Times, the Washington Post and NBC.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Judging from some of the “writing” I see being done by “journalists” today, they have no room to talk


40 posted on 06/15/2011 7:08:20 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: FrankR

Sarah Palin is making all the media elite look and act like the stupid morons that people only thought they wrere, and she does it with a smile on her face.


41 posted on 06/15/2011 7:09:00 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Michael Carey is a columnist for the Anchorage Daily News

Which is your next step on the career ladder after the Oopalakaia County Pennysaver...
42 posted on 06/15/2011 7:10:00 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Izzy Dunne

I do “polish” my business emails pretty carefully, and regret the exceptions.

Two watch words: Conciseness and clarity.

Also, never put anything in an email you won’t want to see on the front page of the New York Times tomorrow morning. (They actually teach us that in a mandatory “ethics” class.)


43 posted on 06/15/2011 7:10:45 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
I don’t know how to do the italics deal that most people use for quotations.

<I> = Italics

<b> = Bold

<u> = Underline

</i> = Italics off

</b> = Bold off

</u> = Underline off

44 posted on 06/15/2011 7:12:31 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back. He ain't my president either.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
typical governor of a state of less than a million people

That should be fewer than a million people, Mr. Polished Writer.

45 posted on 06/15/2011 7:14:28 AM PDT by G L Tirebiter
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To: mosesdapoet
their stuff is pet rat cage linning.

My pet rat has better taste than me using the LAT for lining.

46 posted on 06/15/2011 7:14:55 AM PDT by fantail 1952 (Truth is a virus!)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Poor girl. All my emails read like the Gettysburg Address.

I was going for a sort of "William Faulkner" motif with my email, but I maxed out my ISP's email quota.

47 posted on 06/15/2011 7:16:01 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
don't bring Abraham Lincoln to mind.

For e-mails, I shoot for a combination of Joseph Conrad and e.e. cummings...

I wonder how Mr. Carey assumes to know how, given the technology, Pres. Lincoln's emails would read. I doubt he'd spend as much time composing them as he did his writings that we have today.

48 posted on 06/15/2011 7:16:50 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: TaxPayer2000
"Sarah Palin was a typical governor of a state of less than a million people"

And we know this because we have 24,000 emails of other governors to compare with hers........oh wait...

Forget how the the media vulture phrases it. The fact remains, whether "typical" or not, that Sarah Palin was the Governor, for half a term, of a State with a population of 710,231 according to the 2010 Census.

By comparison, the City of San Diego, CA had a population of 1,307,402 according to the 2010 Census.

The City of San Diego has almost twice the population of Alaska and, instead of serving half a term, this middle aged white man has been it's Mayor since December of 2005 and still is.


"I'm the Mayor of San Diego, California. Without using Google, do you have any idea what my name is."

Would this middle aged white man, with far more executive experience than Sarah Palin or Barack Hussein Obama in 2008 be considered a serious candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America by the majority of voters?

No. Middle aged white men are held to far higher standards than Affirmative Action candidates with far less executive experience who are judged by how cute and adorable a female candidate may be or how black a male candidate's skin may be.

America was severely burned by Affirmative Action once and refuses to be burned by Affirmative Action twice. That is one of the reasons that sixty five percent (65%) of all voters have stated that they will "definitely NOT vote for Sarah Palin".

Of all the debaters in the recent Republican debate, most American voters would choose "None of the Above".

Bill Clinton did not announce his first winning candidacy until October of the year before the election. The GOP has until around October of 2011 to attract a strong conservative candidate whose poll numbers are not lower than whale scat at the bottom of the ocean and who can actually defeat Obama.

If not, we will have either RINO Romney or Marxist Obama as the President for the next four years.

49 posted on 06/15/2011 7:18:47 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: G L Tirebiter
sheThe author is in no way a polished writer whose emailnews story prose leaves you begging for more.
50 posted on 06/15/2011 7:21:25 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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