About that Palin book banning and attempted librarian firing…

Posted on: September 4, 2008


From a standing start, knowing nothing about Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, to learning from the reports of people who actually knew her, some revelations are disturbing.

Writer Glen Greenwald, a New York lawyer and author of two books on the Bush administration, ‘How Would a Patriot Act’ and ‘A Tragic Legacy’, has an entry in Salon.com on what some purport to be a liberal media bias against Palin.

In the piece, Greenwald dismisses the idea of Liberal media bias, saying the media kow-towed like never before to the Bush administration, then he goes on to describe what I was looking for, something on Palin’s reported attempt to fire the local librarian when she was mayor of Wasilla.

My God. Reportedly the town librarian was asked by Palin how to ban books. Shortly after the librarian, who was “aghast” at the new mayor’s suggestion, got a pink slip from the mayor along with the town police chief and the town chief financial officer. This was all very early in her administration, all told at the same time by letter. The reason for the firing of the police chief was given in a quote from the letter given him, “I do not feel I have your full support in my efforts to govern the city of Wasilla.” Palin rescinded her order to fire the librarian- that issue apparently fired up some townspeople- but the police chief firing stuck.

Greenwald reports this is one of the first things she did as mayor, fire six Wasilla department heads. The reason was her feeling of an apparent lack of loyalty she had from them. In part, the quote from the Anchorage Daily News Greenwald refers to: “She [Palin] refused to give details about how Stambaugh has not supported her, saying only that “You know in your heart when someone is supportive of you.” The police chief had been with the department since its inception and had 22 years experience prior to that with the Anchorage Police Department.


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