Here is the smear, cleverly disguised because the most damaging smear is in the second link ALA Councilor James Casey recommends:
- From: James Casey
- To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'"
- Subject: [alacoun] RE: Book banning reference in article, fyi
- Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 13:16:07 -0500
ALA's Leonard Kniffel was quoted in one article dealing with Governor Palin
in today's CHICAGO TRIBUNE:
Alas, the remarks only pertained to Governor Palin's "sexy librarian" looks and didn't relate to the possible implications for libraries and intellectual freedom reflected in her conduct as Mayor and Governor. According to this account by a neighbor who knew Palin when she was Mayor of Wasilla, there was an abortive attempt made to fire the local Librarian.
Jim Casey -- Councilor-at-Large
And here's the biggest smear from the second link James Casey recommended, emphasis added:
While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected
City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from
the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents
rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's
attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew
her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the
Librarian are on her enemies list to this day.
That is just, plain false information. And the replies to this smear only brought more smears in response. And James Casey is the same guy to advise media manipulation to keep ALA policy in local community public libraries -- and he used SafeLibraries.org as an example. Might he be up to his old tricks again?
Even librarian blogs are seeing people making false claims regarding this matter. Other librarians are catching some commenters in the very lies the ALA is now promulgating. As one of the commenters implied, asking the librarian what books may be legally removed for legitimate reasons is a good thing, not "censorship." See "Sarah Palin, VP Nominee," by Jessamyn West, Librarian.net, 2 September 2008, and all the many comments thereunder.
Good going, Jessamyn. Stop the smears, James and the ALA.