Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Slimed? Not Quite

When I saw a link on Drudge to a Newsweek article called "Sliming Palin" I thought it would be about the outrageous rumors alleging that Palin was really son Trig's grandmother to cover for Bristol Palin, or about her allegedly having had an affair with her husband's business partner. Or about "concern" for her fitness as a mother, about her putting a rather demanding career ahead of the needs of her mentally challenged son.

I was aware of all of those circulating stories but never thought to give them the light of day on this blog. There are plenty of truthful Palin atrocities to address without dipping into rumor and innuendo.

So imagine my surprise when the first page of the story calls into question Palin's: a) firing of a popular librarian over a book banning request, b) relationship with the AIP, and c) support of creationism.

You have to read all of the detail in pages 2, 3, and 4 to find that the 'fact checks' are quite literal and include paragraphs of caveats.... thus the "slimed" title seems a little off since there's some truth in the rumors. It's a kin to saying of someone, "He did NOT eat 20 hotdogs... he only ate 19."

For example, regarding the book ban... although there has been a crazy list circulating on the internet for some time now of books Palin banned, it's a scam. It's untrue that she was able to ban any books, per se. What she did was ask the librarian the hypothetical question, "what would you do if I asked you to ban specific books?" and then fired the popular librarian for saying she wouldn't do it. A day later, after a citizen protest and a recall threat, Palin re-hired her. I think it's still a scary story with or without the successful implementation of a ban.

And regarding the AIP (Alaskan Independence party), it's true Sarah Palin was not a member but her hubby, Todd, was until 2002. They attended AIP events together. Talk about an America-hating group there, yah eh? So, technically not a member but... yeah.

And then there's the whole creationist thing. What people do in church just isn't a big deal to me. I think they're all a little nutty but in this country people have the right to believe in who, or whatever, they want. I only balk when they try to either restrict freedoms, or enforce rules, based on those mythical beliefs. That said, Palin DID initially assert that creationism should be taught in schools before softening her position (based on political feedback, I'm sure).

As an aside, there is a video of Sarah Palin in church that is circulating around the internets that I have not felt the need to post... videos where she says God supports the Alaska pipeline and the Iraq war. In my heart of hearts, as tolerant as I try to be, any politician who believes God is guiding them to make specific energy or foreign policy decisions scares the hell out of me.


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