When I first blogged about the media interest in Sarah Palin’s 12-year-old inquiry into banning books at the Wasilla Public Library, I wrote, that this issue “so concerned her that an overzealous media [could] find no evidence that she ever pursued the matter after her initial inquiries.”
Something else occurred to me as I pondered the matter. Recall that her predecessor as Mayor (whom she defeated in 1996) had appointed the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, with whom Palin spoke about the matter. Emmons stayed on until August 1999 when she resigned, “two months before Palin was voted in for a second mayoral term.”
Okay, so this recalcitrant librarian removed, did then Palin, with apparently a more docile person in charge, act to remove any books? Um, um, well, um (as Obama might say), no. From 1999 until 2002 when Palin left office, there is no evidence of even a single challenge to any books in the Wasilla Public Library.
So, basically, we’ve got the media, left-wing blogs and various assorted Palin-haters dwelling on a rookie mistake by Palin. Let me repeat, if this issue were of such concern to her, why didn’t she try to remove any books from the local library once she had consolidated her power in her home town?
I wonder if the MSM has paid similar attention to Obama’s record.
AFTERTHOUGHT: Â Palin-haters seem more interested in the Alaska Governor’s 12-year-old inquiry than Palin herself ever seemed in “banning” books.