The New York Times reports that although "witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Ms. Palin asked the librarian about removing books from the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Ms. Palin never advocated censorship."
The story goes on:
But in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book “Daddy’s Roommate” on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms. Chase [Laura Chase, the campaign manager during Ms. Palin’s first run for mayor in 1996] and Mr. Stein [John Stein, former Mayor of Wasilla]. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it. “Sarah said she didn’t need to read that stuff,” Ms. Chase said. “It was disturbing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the library and she didn’t even read it.”
Maybe it's time we ask her what she has read!
The time has come for Palin to answer questions like:
What books have had the most influence on you?
What books are you currently reading to your children?
Who are your favorite writers?
What are you reading now? For work? For pleasure?
The answers to these questions would go along way in helping many of us determine whether or not she is fit for the job.
The author of "Daddy's Roomate," Michael Willhoite, responds "saying the Alaska Governor had a "small-town mind," was an enemy of intellectual freedom and [is] a "disastrous choice" for vice president."
Previously on Book Patrol:
Sarah Palin's Library Issue is Now a Campaign Issue
The Wasilla 90 : An Internet Legend is Born