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. J

    What's wrong stupid?? don't like people correcting all of your LIES??

    September 14, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. M Williams

    Why are we surprised by this? At every turn, Palin tanked when responding to the majority of the Media's inquiries – either coming across as illiterate, backwater or racist throughout her campaign and even beyond. She appears to love the spotlight so under normal circumstances, I am certain she would be more than accomodating in her desire to allow the media to broadcast her half truths, innuendos, and in some cases, outright lies. In this instance, however, her inability to convey a coherent thought presents too much of a risk.

    September 14, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Lilarose

    Sarah is going to teach the Chinese and others how important she is and how attractive she is, and she knows those participants love the idea of how hot an American ex-vice presidential candidate can be!

    September 14, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. CoolObserver2009

    There is nothing left to ration-off. Her predessors have rationed it all away, so what more harm can she do? The Chinese practically own this country thanks to people like Sarah Palin, self serving American supposedly icons.

    September 14, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. John

    when can get this waste of hair spray out of the news!

    September 14, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Naldo

    Oh, really....there's plenty of time to cancel! Besides, it just a cover for her real mission – a job interview with Chinese energy companies to get on the advisary board to be their "man in Alaska". China wants cheap oil, and what better than to oil up the palms and pockets of an ex-governor?

    September 14, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Deb in Colo

    What's she afraid of? Making a fool of herself? (too late....)

    September 14, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Jason

    of course...no freedom of information freedom of the press in China..Just the way a Repub woiuld want it!
    No annoying questions, just take my word for it, and shut up if you don't like it
    Repub = Communist? Facist?
    Hmmmmm

    September 14, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Stu-Florida

    ....not among those speakers willing to grant members of the media access to her speech.
    Yes... it would take many to pick it apart to create some kind of cohearance. What we need on hand at any "Palin Speech" would be a translator. Someone educated on financial affairs, world affairs, domestic( no, not household) affairs etc. that could slip in the necessary wording at the blink of a sound bite...

    September 14, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Tony

    What is she saying that can't be heard by everyone? Does she say one thing behind closed doors and another to the American People? This is America, besides certain issues of national defense, everything should be done in the light of day.

    Personally, I believe she is going to critcize the President of the United States on foreign soil and doesn't want another example of being hypocritcal.

    September 14, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. donHardey

    Please leave Sarah alone. She can not hurt us anymore. She's thrown her best punch during the Presidential election last year and WE are still standing. I hardly think she can say or do anything of value half a world away.

    September 14, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Puff the Magic Dragon

    I wonder if she will wink at them too.

    September 14, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Leonard

    Thank you keep shutting her out. I am tired of her.

    September 14, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. KG, MN

    Wow, I didn't know stay at -home Moms were so sought after.

    September 14, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Robin in Tampa, FL

    So what is the point of her going to China to give a keynote speech if nobody's allowed to covert it? Is she afraid she'll come off sounding dumb again?

    September 14, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  16. Jay

    The truth is Palin simply doen't realise that the CLSA is using her notoriety to publicise their Forum. She's still as dumb as ever so they lock out Media to prevent possible global embarassment to the Forum.

    September 14, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. Sheila

    She's speaking to "investors in China"? What is "CLSA"? And why does their head of communications has an un-Chinese name. I thought the first "N" in CNN stands for "news." So how about giving us the news portion of this story?

    September 14, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Puff the Magic Dragon

    I'd be willing to bet some type of news coverage WILL happen, look to Fox Noise or some such for the lowdown. When does Palin do anything that she DOESNT want attention for?

    Or we can watch it on You Tube and then have fun picking it apart. Hopefully the writers from SNL are looking for new material. Here is where they will find it.....

    September 14, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Laverne

    Why is it that she always want her speeches to be "closed". One can argue because the media are big bad meanies, but I think it is because she's always saying something she absolutely no business, idiot!

    September 14, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Farrell in Houston

    What topic could Palin possibly talk about that would be interest let alone fact. What they are simply saying is they'll have to rewrite whatever she says knowing it won't make any sense.

    September 14, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Zaley

    This chick is a total twit. . . . embarrassing.

    September 14, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. katiec

    It is embarressing to think that this woman will claim she is representing the United States of America.
    She left Alaska in complete chaos, quit her job for money and
    so called fame, is a hypocritical liar and absolutely unqualified
    for anything.
    And, CNN continues to dote on her. How many other people do
    you see where a news media goes to facebook so they can quote and give her the headlines.
    As much reliability as the "gunshots fired".

    September 14, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Mario, mtl, ca.

    It's already difficult for us to understand what she means in any of her speech so, imagine them scratching their head

    September 14, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Perhaps Pain's handlers flew into action when it was learned that she was actually going to be expected to spell "Hong Kong".

    September 14, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. shucks

    Who cares. Her fame is over. The only thing she has left is to steal from possible speech invitation people, who only want her at their venues as a novelty. They truly cannot hope that she will contribute anything of significance. They are as dilusional as she is if they do.

    September 14, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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