Shortly after taking office in 1996 as mayor of Wasilla, a city of about 7,000 people, Palin asked the city’s head librarian about banning books. Later, the librarian was notified by Palin that she was being fired, although Palin backed off under pressure.
Palin’s alleged attempt at book-banning has been a matter of intense interest since Republican presidential nominee John McCain named her as his running mate last month.
Taylor Griffin, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, said Thursday that Palin asked the head librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, on three occasions how she would react to attempts at banning books. He said the questions, in the fall of 1996, were hypothetical and entirely appropriate. He said a patron had asked the library to remove a title the year before and the mayor wanted to understand how such disputes were handled.
Records on the city’s Web site, however, do not show any books were challenged in Wasilla in the 10 years before Palin took office.
Can someone please follow up with Taylor Griffin and point out his factual error and ask them to come up with another rationalization. Please?
I think this is important because it illustrates exactly what kind of “executive decisions” Palin has made.
Note: we all know that list being circulated is false, it’s a strawman in this discussion.
UPDATE: Nice video on the situation. Unfortunately, it’s a vicious, sexist attack because it highlights facts.