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Book of lies

Posted by Ron Coleman on September 18, 2008

Michelle Malkin has what’s probably a pretty good fundamental post on the “banned books” thingy.  The story’s not all that fresh, but I am still seeing this issue make the rounds, and it seemed like a good idea just to make this available.

And you don’t have to be as partisan as Michelle to get the point:

We can say for certain that no book was ever banned. Nor is there any record that Palin initiated a formal process to censor any books.

June Pinell-Stephens, longtime chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Alaska Library Association, said she scoured the organization’s archives and could find no record of any formal actions to ban books in Wasilla under Palin’s tenure as mayor.

That jibes with Wasilla Library records as well. . ..

The 93 titles appear to be a generic list of frequently banned books. It was not part of the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board.

In fact, the Harry Potter series listed didn’t even begin until 1998, two years after this list is alleged to have been generated. In short, the list is a fake.

As for Kilkenny’s claim, there is no proof that Palin tried to fire the librarian because she refused to consider removing books. In fact, Palin asked for the resignation of a handful of department heads to test their loyalty, according to reports at the time. The claim that Palin had specific books she wanted removed is also unsupported. Kilkenny herself said she does not recall that any titles were named by Palin at the time.

Yes, a reporter provides a secondhand account 12 years later in which he says the librarian named books Palin wanted removed. But Stuart’s recollection seems hazy (he didn’t get the right title at first). The librarian isn’t talking. There are no public records or meeting minutes to substantiate the claim. And no one else corroborates that Palin ever listed any titles. So we find no basis to find that part of the story true.

But Palin did ask the librarian if she would consider removing books. Maybe it was posed as a rhetorical question as Palin says. But she asked. So we rule the statement Half True.

A very little half.

The email hacking story?  Now…. that’s something else.  But not for now.

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5 Responses to “Book of lies”

  1. Ara Rubyan said

    There’s an old saying in politics: “If you’re explaining, you’re losing.”

    I’m just saying.

  2. You’re not saying much, Ara.

  3. Ara Rubyan said

    You’re the one explaining, not me.

  4. Am I supposed to go through the trouble of demonstrating all the ‘splainin’ your guy has had to do to demonstrate just how little you want this little phrase to be your mantra, though?

  5. Ara Rubyan said

    Look, Ron: When HE’S ‘splainin’, HE’S losing, too. It makes me cringe. But right now, the amount of McCain’s explaining (and the polls) show that McCain is off-balance and losing.

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