According to Politico:
Other nuggets Democrats hope reporters will mine over the next two months:
— And, maybe, censorship. According to the Frontiersman newspaper, Wasilla’s library director, Mary Ellen Emmons, said that Palin asked her outright if she "could live with censorship of library books.” Palin later dismissed the conversation as a “rhetorical” exercise.
"Dems Armed with Palin Opposition," by Glenn Thrush, Politico, 29 August 2008.
At this point I could find little else to report on this matter, such as the context of the conversation, but I wonder how this "nugget" came to the attention of the Democrats "Palin Opposition" in the first place. Can anyone explain these things? Let me add that in 1997, Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin fired Wasilla Public Library Director Mary Ellen Emmons without warning. Ms. Emmons thinks she was "fired for politics." Coincidence?
Glenn Thrush, given librarians acting on the public's behalf are not supposed to be providing opposition research on one candidate or another, might an investigation of Mary Ellen Emmons's actions be warranted? Consider that the library that Ms. Emmon's directs has confidentiality and privacy policies that would make the provision of opposition research quite hypocritical, to say the least, particularly where the policies specify the library will "resist the issuance or enforcement of any ... process, order or subpoena":
Confidentiality: Any information that identifies Internet users with specific materials or subject matter is considered confidential. Such records shall not be made available to any agency of local, state or federal government except pursuant to such process, order or subpoena as may be authorized under the authority of federal, state or local law relating to criminal, civil or administrative discovery procedures or legislative investigatory power. Wasilla Public Library resists the issuance or enforcement of any such process, order or subpoena until such time as proper showing of good cause has been made in court of competent jurisdiction.
Privacy: While the library is sensitive to patrons’ need for privacy while using all library resources including the Internet, no guarantee is possible. Patrons are expected to respect the privacy of Internet users in the library.