[FoRK] FactCheck.org: Sliming Palin

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Wed Sep 10 16:47:50 PDT 2008

So the book story seems to be:

Palin becomes mayor.  She asks the librarian if she (Palin) can ban
books.  The librarian says that she (the librarian) won't allow it.
Palin fires the librarian.  The town blows its lid and Palin has to
reinstate the librarian for political reasons.

AFAICT this situation is even more damning after factcheck.org's
rebuttal than before it.

On Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 8:00 AM, Rob Harley <robert.harley at gmail.com> wrote:
>> [...]
>> * She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library.
>> Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print
>> at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question,
>> but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin's first
>> term.
>> A few of these claims were included in a chain e-mail by a woman named
>> Anne Kilkenny. [...]
> This is piss-poor fact checking by factcheck.org.  The clearly-fake list
> that just came out doesn't change the facts and, as far as can be
> determined (by yours truly at least), it would require suspension of
> disbelief to conclude other than that Palin wanted to censor library
> books but failed.
> What Kilkenny wrote:
>> While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected
>> City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from
>> the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents
>> rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's
>> attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew
>> her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the
>> Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.
> This original article supports that:
> http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2008/09/06/breaking_news/doc48c1c8a60d6d9379155484.txt
>> In the wake of strong reactions from the city's library director to
>> inquiries about censorship, Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin on Monday was
>> taking pains to explain her questions about censoring library material
>> were "rhetorical."
>> [...]
>> Library Director Mary Ellen Emmons last week said Palin broached the
>> subject with her on two occasions in October [...]
>> "I'm not trying to suppress anyone's views," Emmons said. "But I told
>> her (Palin) clearly, I will fight anyone who tries to dictate what
>> books can go on the library shelves."
>> [...]
> It sure sounds like the library director thought that the questions were
> more than rhetorical.  Kilkenny also says:
> "Sarah said to Mary Ellen, 'What would your response be if I asked you to
> remove some books from the collection?"
> and:
> "They [some books] were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her."
> This one shows that Palin did try to fire the library director:
> http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/510219.html
>> City librarian Mary Ellen Emmons will stay, but Police Chief Irl
>> Stambaugh is on his own, Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin announced
>> Friday. The decision came one day after letters signed by Palin were
>> dropped on Stambaugh's and Emmon's desks, telling them their jobs were
>> over as of Feb. 13.
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