Books 'they' really tried to ban in Wasilla, AK

Well I screwed the pooch a little earlier--a big no-no for people in my business--and ran with a story here without verification, which I later found to be bogus. I was in a rush, in the middle of work (multi-tasking, and I don't do that well), and posted a lame email I received about a supposed list of books Sarah Palin supposedly wanted to ban that she supposedly had presented to the Wasilla, Alaska Library Board--yeah I really) know better than this--and found it contained a lot of totally unsubstantiated and false information. Essentially, the whole thing was bogus. I apologized to everyone here.

On the way to discovering its inaccuracy, however, the following transpired...


So...I called the Wasilla, Alaska Public Library. (907) 376-5913. I spoke with the person on duty at the desk in the upstairs "adult" section, Susie Kammermyer. Ms. Kammermeyer (definitely) hesitated, but told me "I'm not sure. Speak with the Manager."

She transferred me over to the lead person on duty at the time, librarian Jeanne Powell.

Ms. Powell said the following, also hesitating, but chose her words very carefully. (This is for certain. I'm not reading into it.)

She said, "The email I received was inaccurate. However (and she definitely emphasized, "However," so I'm not reading into it), there's a page on the City of Wasilla website that will provide you with more information." She then directed me to the following link.

I thanked her and hung-up the phone.

I went to this link:
http://www.CityofWasilla.com/Modules/Sho wDocument.aspx?documentid=516

Take a look at it for yourself. I think it's very interesting, but self-evidently limited in its information.

There have been formal/semi-formal requests for book-bannings at the Wasilla Public Library while Palin was in office. Was she involved in these requests? As of this writing, I don't know. And, I sincerely doubt if there's anyway to get a confirmation on this story, since it's somewhat of an "open-ended" response that would ultimately be received on this, in any event.

So, I apologize for running with the earlier diary...sincerely. Again, I know better.

But, here are three on the "real list" (at least the one that's published on the City of Wasilla website right now), that have been formally recognized as 'requested for banning' over the past few years:

Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslie Newman

America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart

The Abduction by Mette Newth

As to whether or not there's a record of who actually requested the banning of these books, I don't know if it exists. As far as whether any other books were "informally" requested for banning, I can't answer that question either.

I've included a poll in this to see what you think, and whether you agree with Dumbo's comments (in the original diary) about removing the original. (I've already posted another one--this diary--per his suggestion.) Again, for the record, this is a big f**k-up for someone in my business (media, techology, p.r., etc.), and I'm feeling masochistic enough about it to leave the original up, as it is now. But, it does somewhat undermine the decent information I did find on the way to correcting myself, here! So, please answer the poll. Should I leave the original diary (with updates and apologies) up, below, or not? Alternatively, should we let the moderators decide? Should I delete this? Both? LOL! "I'm so confused!" LOL! (I laugh at myself, often!)

Tags: 2008 Presidential election, AK, book banning, Sarah Palin, Wasilla (all tags)

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5 Comments

Re: Books 'they' really

If you read up on this, what you'll find is that Palin never had any books banned per se.

She asked the librarian several times if she WOULD ban books, and after the librarian refused, tried to have her fired. To me, that doesn't sound a lot better, but that's what happened!

The e-mail list you posted before is completely fake. The books listed above are real, but none of them were requested to be banned while Palin was mayor.

by animated 2008-09-09 07:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Books 'they' really tried to ban in Wasilla, A

In spite of your admirable, but perhaps excessive, self-flagellation over this incident you have unintentionally raised a good point, we have blown it big-time in our response to the Palin VP selection, played right into the GOP and media narratives about her and undermined the credibility of large swaths of the progressive blogosphere in the process.

To late to do much about it now but as Abe Lincoln apocryphally said, 'When you are making a damn fool of yourself, just shut up.'  Not directed at you, personally, but time to take a deep breath, get back to the round game and fund-raising and the issues, not the personalities, of the campaign.

by Shaun Appleby 2008-09-09 07:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Books 'they' really tried to ban in Wasilla, A

...ground game...

by Shaun Appleby 2008-09-09 07:45PM | 0 recs
It is hard when you know Palin is really scary.

Hey Bob,

Don't ask me, I did the same thing earlier and got flamed pretty well done. I posted something I had rushed to write, and did not feel very good about the source. I did deleted the diary.

Holii

BTW, I felt pretty shitty about the whole thing.

by Hollede 2008-09-09 07:53PM | 0 recs
I would like

to commend you!

You corrected your original diary and apologized.

PLEASE leave it up.

More people should do as you did to correct false diaries. When people start coming to your previous diary through links that may have been sent out, they will see the "update".

by kevin22262 2008-09-09 07:56PM | 0 recs

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