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Publicly-paid librarian makes sole decision on what to carry/what not to carry in public library

Posted by on Friday, July 13th, 2012 @ 3:26 pm.

MARTINSVILLE---Here's what we were working on this morning:

MARTINSVILLE, IL (DH) –Residents of Martinsville can rest assured that only safe, pre-approved news appears on their library shelves. Head librarian Bethany Hubbard (hubbard@otecom.net) has seen to it that only news sources with which she agrees 100 percent will be admitted to the Martinsville Public Library.

In a Facebook message sent late last evening, Ms. Hubbard informed us that she will not be ordering our newspaper for the Martinsville Public Library because she disagreed with some assertions made by eyewitnesses interviewed for Angela Howser’s article on the Terry Payton trial in our most recent issue.

“Although there are reports from police and court reports; the story is mostly gossip from neighbors whom state they saw abuse for years yet did nothing to help this child. I assure you that you did not report the entire story. I am dissapointed. I would have loved to have added this paper to our local library but at this point and time I will not,” she said.

Sources used in the article included neighbors and relations who may be called to testify at the trial.

Although this was the only article with which Ms. Hubbard seemed to take issue, she decided this made the entire newspaper unacceptable for public library shelves. A librarian refusing to carry a newspaper over a personal disagreement with facts presented in one article may have chilling consequences for other news organizations who wish to report on controversial issues.

Disclosure Heartland has a strong commitment to the facts, as well as to sharing the many perspectives of community members involved in events of interest to the public. If a reader disagrees with statements made in our newspaper, they are free to present to us other evidence or write in to our letters to the editor.

We feel that Ms. Hubbard has gone too far in banning this publication over what amounts to nothing more than a personal disagreement, and has abused her position at the Martinsville Public Library. As a public institution, after all, the library should provide local residents with a variety of news sources, whether or not one librarian disagrees with what is written therein.

We encourage our Clark County readers to politely petition Ms. Hubbard to allow this and future issues of Disclosure Heartland on library shelves. The Martinsville Public Library can be reached at (217) 382-4113.

 

(All typos of her missive were incorporated and not fixed; what a fine librarian).

Anyway, here's the rub of it.

Ms. Hubbard obviously didn't read this article, but instead relied on others to tell her what was in it. Why do we say that? Because of what Hubbard told Michael in the following exchange:

    • Great concept; however poor investigative reporting. The National Enquirer has already conorered this style. Perhaps we need to see both sides of a story instead of inuendo and gossip.

  • Disclosure Heartland

    12 minutes ago

    Disclosure Heartland

    • All stories in Disclosure Heartland are based on police reports and official documents, or other media reports. If you have another side to a story, we would love to hear it. What article are you refering to?

  • Beth Cunningham Hubbard

    8 minutes ago

    Beth Cunningham Hubbard

    • Let's start with the Terry Payton stlory. Although there are reports from police and court reports; the story is mostly gossip from neighbors whom state they saw abuse for years yet did nothing to help this child. I assure you that you did not report the entire story. I am dissapointed. I would have loved to have added this paper to our local library but at this point and time I will not. FYI: his psychologist and Terry himself both say he has no form of aspberger's.

  • Beth Cunningham Hubbard

    3 minutes ago

    Beth Cunningham Hubbard

    • Further more, why no mention of the fact that he was out on bail at one time. Wouldn't a thorough reporter have questioned what happed that he would be returned to juvenille detention? As I said, reporting the story one-sided or lacking pertinent information is as damaging as the power house papers already in place.

  • Disclosure Heartland

    about a minute ago

    Disclosure Heartland

    • You will have to take that up with the author of the article. I am sorry that you would use your position as the head of a public library to deny the public free access to a news source because you happen to disagree with a couple of sources in an article.

 

From Beth Hubbard's Facebook page

Ang DID "mention the fact that he was out of bail at one time." It was completely explained. And thus the reason why we know she didn't read it---because TERRY PAYTON WAS RELEASED ON BOND TO BETH HUBBARD AND HER HUSBAND last year. Their names are RIGHT IN THERE. She would never have made that statement if she'd actually read the article. So obviously someone got to her and coerced her into sending Michael the snide comments she did. As well, her assertion that EYEWITNESSES to how Terry was treated is "gossip" lends to the belief that she's very blinded to the truth of the matter. Those "gossiping" people are subpoenaed witnesses in the court case. We fail to see how what people are going to render as testimony during a state trial could possibly be considered "gossip." Either this woman is dumber than the average bear (and her spelling leads to that conclusion) or she has zero clue as to how the court system---as well as investigative journalism---works.

While the story here is of course that she's using gestapo tactics to run her library, there's a greater story to this: the utter corruption that exists in and around Edgar County, where Terry Payton's case is in play. While Martinsville is in Clark County, the corruption there is just as unchecked, because those counties have had literally NOTHING for news coverage for what seems like millennia...which has lent to the horror of such cases as Terry's, as well as the corruption case that Michale Callahan wrote about in his book Too Politically Sensitive. The 'news' coverage there is lamentable....and allows corruption to grow like a fungus.

We encounter this bullshit in every county we enter (remember Dee Burgin threatening to "sue" us?? lol). This new publication is making waves. We encourage our Edgar/Clark county readers to hurry out and get this issue, because we had only a limited press run, and they WILL disappear fast...and we thank Miz Gestapo for her assistance in the sales end of this, too.

 

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6 Comments for “Publicly-paid librarian makes sole decision on what to carry/what not to carry in public library”

  1. dem0nic

    This whale may not want to add the paper to the library, but it’s clear she takes no issue with adding food to her plate. :p

  2. slamdunc

    Do public libraries not have some kind of appointed, administrative board. What is their involvement in selecting periodicals and books? Surely, one person doesn’t make the decisions for a public library?!?!?

  3. Russell NY

    …and yet this article I am able to read, (but alas, apparently not your paper in Ms. Tele Tubby’s library… 8)

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