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The Official Sarah Palin Rumor Round-Up

Since Sarahcuda was announced as John McCain's vice presidential pick, liberal blogs (and CNN talking heads) have been unleashing a steady stream of what Obama would refer to as "smears." Virtually every rumor has been proven to be either false, exaggerated, or utterly asinine.

In fact, Newsweek (hardly a conservative publication) has just published an expose of the worst of the bunch, citing heavily a report on the Palin rumors originally appearing at FactCheck.org, a reputable and nonpartisan political accuracy website.

Among the findings:
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. [I pointed this out last Friday.]

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."
Oh, and if you're an Obama voter, you'll be pleased to know that FactCheck also published an identical report about rumors and false claims regarding the Messiah.

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