Rumor has it

All the wild baseless accusations and nasty lies regarding soon to be VP Sarah have grown tiresome and pedantic.  With mainstream media, progressive media and left leaning bloggers all contributing, I’ve had my quota.  And in this full up to here state, it’s always refreshing to hear just a quiet well delivered rumor.  This one put a smile on my face because I already knew it to be nothing more than a rumor. 

Nope, I’m not talking about the rumor Sam Taylor is spreading over at the Herald blogs; you know, the Sarah quotes that Sarah didn’t actually say.  At least Sam had enough decency to tell us they were not real quotes; not enough decency to quit spreading the rumors; just enough decency to tell us that the rumors he is passing along are false. 

The quiet well delivered rumor that I’m talking about is being spread through many channels, but locally it is running over at HamsterTalk in a post titled She Whose Name Should Not Be Spoken Would Ban These Books.  It’s the low key, just want to let you in on a fact, kind of rumor, that grows subtly.  The kind that has a little speck of fact, already has an audience who wants to believe it, and never really raises an eyebrow until it is firmly entrenched in many minds as fact.

Here is a portion of the rumor as posted on HamsterTalk

A friend of mine who is a retired Librarian sent me the following information.

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The following is the list of books that Sarah Palin tried to have removed from the Wasilla Library when she was mayor of Wasilla. This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board. When the librarian refused Palin tried to get her fired, an attempt that failed due to the residents who rallied in defense of their library.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

HamsterTalk: She Whose Name Should Not Be Spoken Would Ban These Books

Of course the list goes on and on and on.  But isn’t that great rumor?  All the key elements of a great rumor without the attention grabbing conspiracy edge found in rumors like Sarah’s baby really belongs to her now pregnant daughter;  And with the added personal touch of coming from a friend who’s a retired librarian, this rumor is priceless.  But sadly, no matter how juicy this rumor is, nor how many left leaner want it to be true;  this great rumor is just false.  It has been dispelled by many more than just the few I touch on here. 

First, snopes.com and truthorfiction.com both pretty much have carbon copies of the rumor, minus the personal touch, but including the long book list and intimidating line about trying to get the librarian fired.

Claim: List catalogs books banned from the Wasilla, Alaska, public Library by Mayor Sarah Palin

Status: false

Example:

This is the list of books Palin tried to have banned.  As many of you will notice it is a hit parade for book burners. 

This information is taken from the official minutes of the Wasilla Library Board.

When the librarian refused to ban the books, Palin tried to get her fired.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Snopes.com

Of course the book list still goes on and on.  I just didn’t want to list them all here.  Mostly because the list is long and no matter how long the list is, it doesn’t make the rumor any more truthful.   If you want more of the truth you might want to pop over to USA Today who actually looked into this false rumor.

Mary Ellen Emmons was Wasilla’s librarian at the time. She told a local newspaper, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, in December 1996 that Palin repeatedly had asked her about removing books from the library, but said Palin never mentioned specific titles, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

“Sarah Palin has never asked anyone to ban a book,” Griffin said. “It shouldn’t be surprising that the new mayor of a city that had seen recent protests over books and was in the process of re-evaluating the book-challenge policies at its library would ask the librarian what those policies were.”

USA Today: Palin did not ban books in Wasilla as mayor

So bottom line is that there are mean and nasty lies meant to discredit Sarah and there are subtle lies meant to discredit Sarah, but I have yet to see anything truthful that would discredit the wonderful choice that John McCain made in Sarah Palin as his running mate.  

One thought on “Rumor has it

  1. Watts is now ‘down in the sewer’ with the likes of fact unencumbered folks like me?
    At least I continue to give my disclaimers.
    Will John say that he has fallen prey to a hoax?
    or will he claim that his retired librarian friend has started the hoax?

    I have it on good authority that John Watts really is a Gerbil and not a Hamster at all. You heard it here first folks. Snopes doesn’t deny it…