Vital E-mail Can Misinform U.S. Public

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Hot topic e-mails such as Sarah Palin Vice President nominate candidate by truthful fact and gross informant. In 2008 Senator John McCain, announced his vice presidential candidate was going to be Sarah Palin. There were emails that were leaked about the vice president that questioned her character as well as eligibility for candidacy.

Anne Kilkenny, a resident of the small Alaskan city of Washilla where Palin had been mayor, wrote one of them. A homemaker and regular attendee at Wasilla City Council meetings, Kilkenny had witnessed much of Palin’s meteoric political ride first-hand. Kilkenny’s sharp, informative 2,400- word missive was meant just for her friends. But as the Los Angeles Times reported a month later, “More than 13,700 e-mail responses and half a million Google hits changed all that”.

Another email about Sarah Palin described a supplied list of books that Palin supposedly tried to have banned from her local library that had the potential to harm her candidacy was sent. Upon reading such emails, some were very skeptical about their content, and wondered if any of these supposed facts were actually true. Although the second round of emails, concerning the book banning, turned out to be false, Kilkenny and the information in her email both proved to be credible and quite valuable.

O’Connor questions the way news coverage is being portrayed, and how much worse it will get as time progresses. Even former President Bill Clinton stated: “We may be entering a sort of period in politics that’s sort of fact free”.

Title: Testing the Value of Truth

Author: Rory O’Connor

Publication Source:, September 23, 2010


Student Researcher: Courtney Rider

Faculty Evaluator: Keith Gouveia, Sonoma State University