But the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was published in 1997.
Palin was mayor of Wasilla from 1996 to 2002. By the time her term of office expired, four of the Potter books had been published.
It is true that the Potter books had not been published at the time there was a discussion of bannings at the Wasilla library, which took place in January 1997. And the whole Potter claim is based on a spurious e-mail anyway.
But that's the real problem with Palin citing this as an example of bad media reporting, even beyond the fact that her "proof" is afactual: It never made it into any serious media account of her record that I can find, other than to dismiss it.
From our friends at Media Matters -- Sarah Palin: Misinformer of the Year:
Congratulations to the Fox commentator, political activist and reality TV star who has boldly created new frontiers in spreading falsehoods and distorting the national Read more...