Sarah Palin: Censorship Update (08 Sept)

WE RECENTLY wrote about the rumors flying around that Sarah Palin — John McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate — attempted to censor books in her local library, or actually ban books, including Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. We reviewed the evidence we could locate, and concluded that we were skeptical of such claims.

We weren’t expecting our skepticism about these book banning allegations to be justified so quickly, but Newsweek has just published Sliming Palin: False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain’s running mate. Here are some excerpts, with bold added for emphasis:

One false rumor accuses then-Mayor Palin of threatening to fire Wasilla’s librarian for refusing to ban books from the town library. Some versions of the rumor come complete with a list of the books that Palin allegedly attempted to ban. The story is false on several fronts: Palin never asked that books be banned; the librarian continued to serve in that position; no books were actually banned; and many of the books on the list that Palin supposedly wanted to censor weren’t even in print at the time, proving that the list is a fabrication.

That’s rather strong, especially when we realize that this appears in Newsweek, not known for supporting Republican candidates.

They go on for a full page discussing and then dismissing the censorship rumor. Then there is this, from the final page of the article:

That E-mail Author
Switching gears: Almost 100 readers have written to ask us if the many claims made about Palin in an e-mail written by someone named Anne Kilkenny are true. We can tell you that Kilkenny is a real person. (She was quoted by the Chicago Tribune, as we said above.) According to the New York Times, she’s a Democrat. According to Kilkenny herself, Palin “has hated me since back in 1996, when I was one of the 100 or so people who rallied to support the City Librarian against Sarah’s attempt at censorship.”

We’re still analyzing Kilkenny’s claims, and we will be posting something on this soon.

If you still have doubts, click over to Newsweek and read the whole thing. And then stop worrying that Sarah is going to be a book banner, or burner, or whatever the latest rumor may be.

[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]

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2 responses to “Sarah Palin: Censorship Update (08 Sept)

  1. mightyfrijoles

    Aw, Curmy.

    It’s beginning to look like you like her. 🙂

  2. All I’m writing about at this blog is the evolution vs creationism issue, so I’m very much interested in whether she’s going to follow the Discovery Institute agenda and “teach the controversy.” The book-banning issue is an extra item of concern.

    If those two criticisms aren’t valid, that’s it as far as this blog goes. There’s no reason for this to become yet another political forum.

    (She’s a lot cuter than Joe Biden, but probably not my type.)