Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sarah Palin, book banner?
Forget Bristol Palin's pregnancy and daddy Levi Johnston's in-your-eye MySpace page. Senator Obama is right -- that kind of stuff should be off limits, although, let's face it, the story has a life of its own, thanks to the American public's obsession with familial soap opera.
Much, much more important is Sarah Palin's political record.
The New York Times today does its due journalistic diligence in a story about Palin inserting the wedge of ideology into her mayoralty of Wasilla, Alaska. This passage in particular made me shudder:
"Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books, though she never followed through and it was unclear which books or passages were in question.
"Ann Kilkenny, a Democrat who said she attended every City Council meeting in Ms. Palin’s first year in office, said Ms. Palin brought up the idea of banning some books at one meeting. 'They were somehow morally or socially objectionable to her,' Ms. Kilkenny said.
"The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support. Ms. Emmons, who left her job and Wasilla a couple of years later, declined to comment for this article.
"In 1996, Ms. Palin suggested to the local paper, The Frontiersman, that the conversations about banning books were 'rhetorical.'”
Hmm. Firing the librarian sure sounds like a follow-through to me.