A great site to visit after viewing any political ads or debates is FactCheck.org. They provide corrections for various “facts” made by the media, by campaigns, or individuals. Sometimes candidates say things that are wrong or misleading – not on purpose but it happens. Emails circulate widely and people become misinformed. FactCheck is not always correct but they are quick to rectify any errors they made. Here are some corrections they’ve made to circulating rumors about Gov. Palin (copied straight from their site):
- 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.”