Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Sarah Palin e-mails: A tanning bed, ‘troopergate’ and other details


Reporters roll a cart across the street with boxes containing thousands of pages of Sarah Palin's emails. (AP Photo/Brian Wallace) (Brian Wallace/AP)

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More than 13,000 e-mails from Sarah Palin’s tenure as governor of Alaska are hitting the Internet. Reporters from 17 media organizations descended on Juneau, Alaska Friday to pick up the documents. The Post’s Rachel Weiner, boarding a plane out of Washington Thursday night, wrote on Twitter, “Plane to Juneau like a ‘Lost’ series finale for political reporters.”

As reporters and citizens scan the e-mails for details, others wonder what all the fuss is about. “Sincere question. Sarah Palin is not a candidate, not an elected official, not a party official. Why do we care about her e-mails again?” asked the Post’s Greg Sargent.

(Photos from the scene in Juneau.)

Take a look at some of the revelations from around the web, or scan the e-mails here. And let us know what you think of media coverage of Palin by using #PalinEmails and we’ll post your replies here.


(AP Photo/Charles Krupa) (Charles Krupa)

Media concerns

Palin’s e-mails showed constant discussion and concern about her portrayal by the media. She called out local media as being “biased and unfair” and voiced frustration with bloggers:

“It was another offensive blog entry. … Looking at that blog was also my reminder to NOT waste my time and energy peeking at it to find out what’s on reader’s mind.”

In July 2007, Palin wrote e-mails saying she believed her former legislative director, John Bitney, was behind a flurry of bad press.

'Troopergate'

Palin questioned the access officials had to her bedroom computer as she was being investigated for firing the state public safety commissioner in the probe later dubbed “Troopergate.” She wrote:

“I understand that someone recently went to my Gov’s House bedroom and to one of the House offices to get emails from computers — who, when, etc conducted this search of my bedroom’s computer and the other house computer?”

E-mails show that Todd Palin played a key role in helping to organize Walt Monegan’s dismissal.

What was redacted?

Alaska officials released unaltered just more than 11,000 from the total batch of e-mails. One says what was redacted was an “email message re: children, dinner and prayer.”

The tanning bed and the governor's mansion

Palin had a tanning bed installed in the Governor’s Mansion shortly after she took office in 2007. The bed reportedly cost Alaskan taxpayers around $35,000.

Another mansion-related update shows Palin was concerned about alcohol storage in home. She wrote to the executive residence manager in 2007:

With so many kids and teens coming and going in that house, esp during this season of celebrationstt [sic] for young people — proms, graduations, etc, I want to send the msg that we can be — and “the People’s House” needs to be — alcohol-free...”

Climate change

Palin described climate change as a top issue for her state although she would later change her perspective on the issue.

Offshore drilling

More from the Post

Find micro-updates at the @PalinEmails Twitter feed. Palin’s former aide, Frank Bailey, will be chatting with the Post Monday at 11 a.m. EST.

By and Jessica Sabbah  |  04:58 PM ET, 06/10/2011

 
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