Sarah Palin to Librarian: Ban These Books Or You're Fired!
Gary sends me a link this morning to Time magazine about Palin’s time as mayor:
Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.
Just what this country needs: a book-banning, anti-librarian, micro-managing martinet (or is that martinette?) as President.
Update: A Wild West commenter assumed incorrectly I was referring to a New York Times article. No, it it really is a Time Magazine piece. But hey, let’s look in the New York Times this morning… gosh and crackers, they’ve got an independently reported tidbit about Sarah Palin’s anti-librarian antics as well:
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.