The Palin Censorship List Forgery

On 06 Sep I wrote the following note to Jessamyn West.

Hi, Jessamyn.

I was checking out your journal entry on the episode of Palin's inquiring about getting books banned and scoped out the supposed list of targets one commentator had posted. I am very certain that list is cribbed from an old iteration of the list I keep. Every title on that list is on my own list, and the alphabetical format is the same, and I am aware that my list was copied at one point. The only difference I can see is that this list is formatted: Title [by] Author. I format my list Title[colon] Author. Of course once the page is saved in text format, a simple Search and Replace would account for that.

I have since extensively redone my list of banned or challenged works to break down it down on two pages; one for fiction and one for non-fiction. Here is the link so you can compare it to the one posted to your journal if you like:

Personally, I have no doubt that the charges of conspiracy to commit human rights violations and the attendant list are as phony as a promise from any of the liein', cheatin', thievin' scum and elected parasites on either side of the house/aisle/fence/whatever.

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We might have actually found the start to that meme?
Stephen Michael Kellat, Host, LISTen
PGP KeyID: 899C131F

I had scrolled maybe a third of the way down when I thought to myself, "You bastards! That's my list!"

There is nothing that cannot be found offensive by someone, somewhere.

As librarians we need to be very careful and look at hard evidence before assuming that allegations against anyone, including Palin, are true. Consider the following documents which have investigated banned books list and other allegations against Palin.

Sliming Palin
Note: site is sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania (a reputable non-partisan organization)

From first paragraph:

"False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain's running mate.
We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading."

Some e-mails are going around with purported lists of titles she wants banned -- totally false.

I think we can all agree that it is at least true that Gov. Palin looks exactly like Peggy from "King of the Hill."

Repost from a similar blog thread (but relevant!)

Did Palin Try to Ban Books?

The video has info not in the print story, and vice versa.

Reporter Brian Ross' conclusion (in the video): while the book list is a hoax, Palin did raise the questions about how to get books off the shelves of the library.