FactCheck.org – Examining claims about Palin

If you are paying attention at all to the US political season you are probably already aware of FactCheck.org. This site sifts through all the political mud looking for nuggets of truth. They analyzed Obama’s acceptance speech and McCain’s for example (both were found to have stretched or exaggerated but no out-right lies). Today they posted about the attacks against Sarah Palin. I am noting it here because frankly I just assumed that she did believe or says some of these things, such as wanting creationism taught in schools. Usually I am pretty skeptical, but I bit this bait and I was wrong. Here is their summary:

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.

  • Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.
  • She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a “What if?” question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin’s first term.
  • She was never a member of the Alaskan 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.

  • Palin never endorsed or supported Pat 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.

  • Palin has not pushed for teaching 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.”

The details are found here and they will, of course, be following up on all of these matters throughout the election cycle.

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