Sunday, September 21, 2008

Debunking Anti-Palin Smears

You can read an article in Newsweek (certainly not a Republican tool) debunking these smears at http://www.newsweek .com/id/157986. Here are some of the smears debunked:

1)Sarah Palin Cut Special Needs Education

Palin did not cut funding for special needs education http://www.newsweek .com/related. aspx?subject= Alaska by 62 percent. She didn't cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.

2) Sarah Palin Tried to Ban Books

She did not demand that books be banned from thehttp://www.newsweek .com/related. aspx?subject= WasillaWasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time (the list is actually one of all the books banned in the US for the past 100 years). The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin's first term.

3)Sarah Palin was a member of the Alaskan Independence Party

She was never a member of thehttp://www.newsweek .com/related. aspx?subject= Alaskan+Independ ence+PartyAlaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She's been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

4)Palin never endorsed or supported Buchannan
Palin never supported http://www.newsweek .com/related. aspx?subject= Patrick+BuchananPat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a "courtesy" when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

5)Palin never endorsed Creationsm
Palin has not pushed for teaching Creationsm http://www.newsweek .com/related. aspx?subject= Creationism in Alaska's schools. She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution question, but she also said creationism "doesn't have to be part of the curriculum."

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