September 14th, 2009
03:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Media shut out from Palin's Hong Kong speech

Sarah Palin's speech to investors in China later this month will be closed to the media, organizers of the event confirmed to CNN Monday.
Sarah Palin's speech to investors in China later this month will be closed to the media, organizers of the event confirmed to CNN Monday.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin's speech to investors in China later this month will be closed to the media, organizers of the event confirmed to CNN Monday.

The former Alaska governor is set to address the annual CLSA Investors' Forum September 23, though the group is also declining to reveal the topic of the former GOP vice presidential candidate's closed-door speech.

"We are not disclosing the topic of Sarah Palin's presentation at this point," said Simone Wheeler, head of communications for CLSA.

Wheeler said much of the four-day forum, which includes more than 200 presentations, is closed to the media except for a handful of keynote addresses where the speakers have specifically allowed members of the press to be invited.


Palin, whose lack of foreign policy credentials was criticized by Democrats during the 2008 campaign, apparently was not among those speakers willing to grant members of the media access to her speech.

"For keynote presentations, it is the speaker's decision as to whether or not their sessions are closed. Several of our keynotes this year are not open to media," Wheeler said.

There has been speculation Palin could receive upwards of six figures on the speaking circuit, though the organization is remaining tight-lipped on that matter.

"We never disclose if, or how much, our speakers are remunerated," Wheeler said.


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  1. melton

    she's another stupid woaman. no stupid woaman should ever be presidents

    September 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Jefe

    Based on her actions, past and present, I think it is safe to assume she was attempting to raise funds for an effort to overthrow the Government of the United States of America. She is a known seccessionist who regularly tells lies and attempts to incite riots in order to undermine the USA. Sarah Palin is clearly an Anti-American, terrorist thug and should be treated as such, per the anti-terror rules set forth by the Bush Administration.

    September 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Lee Chambers

    I don't know why I dislike this woman so much. I have always prided myself on being very open and accepting of other opinions than my own but she makes me cringe. I believe that she is very dangerous. Why would she want to keep the media from hearing her comments? She plays very fast and loose with the facts whenever she speaks and it would be very interesting to hear what she had to say. But it is very assuring that she will finally be getting a passport and will actually visit a foreign country rather than just seeing one from her backyard.

    September 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    She a hypocrit! Called the president a communist, his policy communist, here now she palling around with communist. Go figure.

    September 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. maggie

    Well. Guess she finally got a passport.

    September 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Jay Warren

    Well, if the world cannot hear the speech, then technically, she did not give it. Does she not understand that credibility comes with letting others hear her? Not that she understands credibility. Problem is, she is a lose cannon.

    September 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Mad Cow

    This is not a news story.

    It is, however, a blessing to those of us who recognize that Sarah Palin does not exhibit any sort of leadership qualities Real Americans value.

    September 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. jayel

    Palin for prez and Pawlenty for Vice. Lets go people, lets get this country back on track. Health, economy, education am sure will be their first order of business. 2012 is closer than you think. Can't wait.

    September 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Jeff in Houston

    At least now she will have an audience that will not catch her inability to use big words or to even make sense . . . unless the interpreter looses it. If i had the job, there is no way i could keep a straight face.

    September 14, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. SHIRLEY "61"

    Maybe palin will tell them how to quit enough elected positions, and still end up being trusted by her followers blindly (even after lieing and appearing to be challenged with confusing talk), and making a mint.
    She might also tell them how to drag their families all over the land and country, then complain that they are being used by the media, when they should be at home. You go girl!

    September 14, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. jason NY

    More fear and hate coming from the thumbsuckers!! It's been great watching you all crash and burn.

    September 14, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Vote out all republicans

    IF i were a republican, I would be holding my head in shame.

    September 14, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Ray

    Republicans should be very scared of Sarah Palin. It's the one-brain-celled people like Palin who have destroyed the GOP, it's the sheep who think she's the best thing since sliced bread that have allowed this country to get dragged down by 8 years of an incompetent nincompoop like Bush. If she's the future of the Republican party, then how in the world will this country function with only one party? Good thing the Democrats have all the high IQ people on their side.

    So I guess that Sarah's continued presence will be partly to blame for the demise of the GOP. What will the new party be called? I mean, this is the USA. Even if the two-party system doesn't really work, that doesn't mean we're going to NOT have a two-party system.

    September 14, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. gl, From Pittsburgh

    How cares. CNN and their love.

    September 14, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. MarineVeteran

    Hey, Sarah: Are you SURE Hong Kong isn't a continent?

    September 14, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Dean

    Sarah Palin giving investment advise? you would be better off getting it from a fortune cookie.

    September 14, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. The Invisible Hand

    The housewife turned politician will demonstrate her simplistic thinking to sophisticated Chinese investors!? They'll keep their money away from her if they know what's good for them. Although I have a feeling this has to do with North Slope oil... in which case, can't we get a better representative?

    September 14, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Roger in Minnesota

    According to David Letterman, The people in Hong Kong that are putting this on are really upset- they thought they were getting Tina Fay!

    September 14, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Marcus

    Can she point to Hong Kong on a map?

    Two words come to mind. Epic. Failure.

    September 14, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Post always rejected by CNN

    That way she can tell each of the Media her speech....changing it to fit the lie of the moment, or should I say SCARE of the moment.

    September 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. mike,texas

    A Quitter is the new right wing hero.along with sore loser.

    September 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. mary

    I thought she would be afraid of communist country. After all she is accusing our president of being socialist.
    It shows she would do anything for money.
    I hope she doesn't embarrass USA. China will have the last laugh on her behalf.
    Go home Sara and stay there!

    September 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. joan

    why is she being covered anyway...

    September 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. sak

    Not to worry... Someone will take pictures and video and it will end up on the WEB. You know they asked her as a joke. They always ask a comedian or someone like that. I am sure their press will also cover what she said – if they can follow the double talk.

    Can't wait.

    September 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Sara Palin is just going to spead her lies behind doors. This woman is a nut job and represent all the nutty birthers.

    September 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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