Palin and the book banning story continues…

So the Associated Press had a story the other day about Palin and the book banning incident (basically it sounds like she ‘asked about it’ but did not ban anything…hmmmm)…

GOP campaign downplays Palin book-banning inquiry

By GARANCE BURKE, AP Writer, Friday Sept 12, 2008

“The McCain campaign is defending Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s much-criticized inquiry into banning books at her hometown library, saying her questions were only hypothetical.

Shortly after taking office in 1996 as mayor of Wasilla, a city of about 7,000 people, Palin asked the city’s head librarian about banning books. Later, the librarian was notified by Palin that she was being fired, although Palin backed off under pressure.

Palin’s alleged attempt at book-banning has been a matter of intense interest since Republican presidential nominee John McCain named her as his running mate last month.

Taylor Griffin, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, said Thursday that Palin asked the head librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, on three occasions how she would react to attempts at banning books. He said the questions, in the fall of 1996, were hypothetical and entirely appropriate. He said a patron had asked the library to remove a title the year before and the mayor wanted to understand how such disputes were handled.

Records on the city’s Web site, however, do not show any books were challenged in Wasilla in the 10 years before Palin took office.

Palin notified Emmons she would be fired in January 1997 because the mayor didn’t feel she had the librarian’s “full support.” Emmons was reinstated the next day after public outcry, according to newspaper reports at the time.

Still, one longtime library staffer recalls that the run-in made everyone fear for their jobs….” Click here for the whole AP story http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080912/ap_on_el_pr/palin_librarian

Also like Matt Damon, I want to know if she thinks dinosaurs were around 4,000 years ago (thanks Melissa L-B for the Matt YouTube comments)