I haven’t ever heard of anything like this, except in my sometime-interest in astronomy, when people were recruited to monitor big listening arrays or perhaps help map the genome.
The Washington Post has asked for 100 volunteer readers to go through some 24K emails from Gov. Sarah Palin’s tenure as Governor of Alaska.
Can we imagine they are looking for the good things she did as Governor with the purpose of praising her? Surely there will be some. If they find those things will they report them? Do we expect stories about how, as Governor, she – say – helped a vet get a new wheelchair?
My initial reaction is one of contempt. And I am pretty sure I would have the same reaction were this about a politician whose career I find loathsome, such as an aggressively pro-abortion “catholic”.
Enlist volunteers for this?
Does this seem to you to be a weird journalistic low? Am I wrong?