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She Asked: Sarah Palin and Book Banning

There have been tons of rumors circulating regarding then Mayor Sarah Palin's request to remove books from Wasilla's public library, including a debunked list of specific books.

BooksABC did an investigation on the story. Palin reportedly asked the librarian what the policies were about removing books from the library. The librarian told her that the library's policies were based on national standards. A Palin ally claims the mayor's question was rhetorical. Palin fired the librarian soon after the meeting but she was reinstated after what ABC describes as an "uproar" from the town.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via boy culture)

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  1. hmmm, palin vs. marion the librarian... i wonder if this scenario is true? is there trouble in river city?

    Posted by: the queen | Sep 11, 2008 10:31:18 AM

  2. Geez QUEEN, ya think the scenario is true? Could this have really happened?

    Watch the investigative report. It happened.

    What a scenario though! Do you still wonder if its true in spite of the report, the firing and re-hiring of the librarian, and the eye witness account? Wow. I just dunno.

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Sep 11, 2008 10:42:44 AM

  3. I was hoping you had this in text format; can't watch the video but there is no truth to her banning any books. The question came about constituents were asking about it. Probably came from members of her church but one reporter found that no books have ever been banned in her town. Two were suggested; ones I have never even heard of; a John Stewart book and something else. No story here move along.

    Posted by: Jason | Sep 11, 2008 10:48:47 AM

  4. Only rhetorical! Only rhetorical! The new mantra. Because of course we know that Palin, tight with the enlightened folks in the Assembly of God Church, would never be interested in ACTUALLY banning books having to do with, say, homosexuality. That would be completely out of character for fundamentalists! If she makes it into the White House, I wonder how that rhetorical style of questioning will work out with people like Putin.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 11, 2008 10:49:53 AM

  5. We know she's a gay-hating, book-burning, roe-overturning, tongues-speaking, Evangelical... but that's who is voting for her. This may seem an exposé to those of us who know the danger of censorship and the difference between church and state, but to the GOP, this is an extended Pro-Palin ad.

    Posted by: Lovesick Billy | Sep 11, 2008 10:50:44 AM

  6. Wall Street Journal (very conservative)

    Ethics adviser warned Palin to apologize for troopergate. Situation "grave".

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Sep 11, 2008 10:54:05 AM

  7. This information should be brought to the attention of Joe Lieberman and the people who are voting for McCain based on Lieberman's endorsement of McCain.

    Posted by: Ed | Sep 11, 2008 11:44:51 AM

  8. Jason, nothing to see here? Really? First off, if you didn't actually watch the video, don't comment on it. Second, you don't think it's a big deal if she asked about removing books from the library after, in YOUR OWN scenario, someone FROM HER CHURCH asked her to? REALLY? Really? You wouldn't mind it if an elected PUBLIC official took marching orders from her church? REALLY? Wow. So you wouldn't have a problem if someone from her church told her, oh, I don't know, gays don't need rights because they should just pray more? Not a problem for you. Wow.

    Posted by: TroyTooner | Sep 11, 2008 11:51:53 AM

  9. Just how stupid do you think we are, Jason?

    Mayor asks librarian (rhetorically, mind you) whether certain books can be removed from library. Librarian says no. Shortly thereafter, Librarian is canned. Librarian is only reinstated after the town pitches a fit.

    Yeah... this isn't true. No story here.


    Posted by: Dan | Sep 11, 2008 11:55:38 AM

  10. Thank you, Dan.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Sep 11, 2008 11:59:32 AM

  11. I believe Sarah Palin's question was hypothetical, not rhetorical. I'm surprised that choice of word hasn't been corrected when this particular story is told and re-told. By the way, just for information's sake the two books illustrated in the video above are "Go Ask Alice" (about teenage drug abuse) and "Pastor, I'm Gay," which was written by Howard Bess (the minister in the video who also was a PFLAG regional director and recently retired from Church of the Covenant, a Baptist church in Palmer, Alaska; seems like a very interesting man!). There may have been other books.

    Posted by: J | Sep 11, 2008 12:15:55 PM


    Why would this even cross her mind?

    It's unacceptable. I really hope that if she and McCain make it to the White House, we don't sit back and take it. This is unacceptable and un-American.

    As a writer, this pisses me off as much as her anti-gay and anti-choice stances. This woman is pure evil.

    Posted by: Alex | Sep 11, 2008 12:25:12 PM

  13. Does anyone else see the parallels between rise of Sarah Palin and the evil Dolores Umbridge character who took over Warthog Academy in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix?" A seemingly delightful and smiling woman comes into a position of authority and slowly but surely ushers in an era of dark censorship and Machiavellian fascistic rule?

    Posted by: Ray | Sep 11, 2008 12:50:02 PM

  14. So do any of these "investigative reporters" ask Palin exactly what her reasons were for firing the librarian? Are there not documents that state the "reasons" Palin fired her? FACTS are always helpful. She's obviously a vindictive christian cunt AND a liar.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 11, 2008 12:52:00 PM

  15. Governor of Unnamed State: So, Police Chief, just a rhetorical question here... would you arrest the sodomites or just rough 'em up a bit, eh?

    Police Chief: Uh, neither. It isn't illegal to be gay.

    GoUS: What if I fired you... rhetorically.

    PC: Do you even know what "rhetorically" means?

    GoUS: That doesn't matter - I'm a Christian and you're offending my moral superiority by being in league with the homos. We clearly need to build more huge, expensive fitness facilities in small towns so we can bankrupt them while making the boys interested in sports and thus good Jesus-loving heteros who can kill polar bears with just a laminated copy of the state constitution.

    PS: *sigh*


    Posted by: SexyBack | Sep 11, 2008 12:56:23 PM

  16. JASON, no books were banned because the Librarian wouldn't -- then she was fired! How obtuse are you? America is stepping stair by stair into fascism, and if even the homos are this blind, there is no hope for the U.S.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Sep 11, 2008 1:03:12 PM

  17. Dolores Umbridge ... ha, ha, well said Ray. Now where do we get a bunch of hot centaurs to take care of the situation ...

    Posted by: darbari | Sep 11, 2008 1:09:22 PM

  18. None of the reporters have asked her about this because the McCain campaign is refusing to allow interviews or press conferences with her.

    She's supposed to be able to lead our country and she is unable to talk to the press? What a bunch of fucking bullshit.

    Posted by: homer | Sep 11, 2008 1:53:39 PM

  19. I've read multiple accounts that said she asked the librarian on a few (3, I believe) separate occasions about removing books from the library. Each time the answer was the same. Eventually the librarian was fired by Sarah Palin for no "apparent" reason.

    Do the math.

    Posted by: Kurt from Milwaukee | Sep 11, 2008 2:12:07 PM

  20. One would think there are other pressing civic issues in a town than to be concerned with banning and removing books from the library.

    The idea of banning certain library materials and even attempting to fire the town library's librarian for simply maintaining and protecting the library's contents strikes me as undemocratic and draconian.

    Posted by: emmy | Sep 11, 2008 9:12:45 PM

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