November 7th, 2009
11:31 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin will headline media dinner

Former Gov. Palin will headline an annual dinner with journalists in early December.
Former Gov. Palin will headline an annual dinner with journalists in early December.

Washington (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's sharp criticism of the media won't stop her from breaking bread with journalists next month at a dinner here in the nation's capital.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee will be the GOP speaker at the Gridiron Club and Foundation's annual winter dinner, the organization announced Friday.

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, will be the Democratic speaker at the Dec. 5 event.

Palin's appearance at the Gridiron dinner will come a few weeks after her new book, "Going Rogue: An American Life," goes on sale.


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  1. Nancy

    Liberals are trying to figure out why anyone would be interested in an air head that is as clueless today as she was the day Johnny McCain introduced her and the sainted Palins (ha ha)...If this is all the republican base wants, I think letting them have a nice little state and allowing her to be their leader would work quite nicely. This way, we'd never have to hear about the idiot base (michelle bachman, john the tan man boehner and lyin joe wilson) or the palins ever again. Oh wait..can't do that, Sarah can't commit to being Governor for 4 years,how could she ever rule a small state of her base??

    November 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Mekhong Kurt

    Ms. Palin certainly is capable of grabbing attention, which is perhaps unfortunate. While she arguably did remarkably well in last year's campaign, all things considered, at the same time she's simply out of her league, at least for now. She may grow to be a truly national candidate - she's still quite young - but she's not there yet. Agreed: she's the most visible Republican. However, that doesn't translate to her being the most *viable* one. Not that there is any clear candidate for that position, mind you. Maybe if Senator McCain and President Bush can agree to endorse someone that person might emerge as a leader of the Republican party. I hope, anyway. We need a strong two-party system, not one with one party gathered around a leader who "can see Russia" from her state.

    November 7, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. REG in AZ

    Sarah Palin is literally only a false image, a 'puppet', hoping to be used (as Bush was) for the purposes of Special Interests and a select few; she again offers only subterfuge and manipulation to the majority. For eight years the Republican Party strongly and stubbornly supported everything the Bush Administration did as it totally placated and patronized Special Interests and a select few, done with an in-your-face arrogance. Together they irresponsibly and unconscionably encouraged the dishonesty, self-indulgence and neglect that literally contributed to bringing down most systems in this country. The Bush Presidency unapologetically passed a gargantuan mess on to the Obama Presidency and the Republican Party then just attempted to block/obstruct, without any regard for other than their own interests, all efforts to solve problems. Without ever contributing anything positive or constructive they now aggressively criticize the Obama Administration for not totally turning things around in just ten months. Today everyone should be able to recognize the lies, the scare tactics and the appeals to prejudices and emotions, all intended to mislead and manipulate the majority and benefit only the few. Anyone who accepts all of that, who supports the Republicans' efforts and the substantial overt and covert activity of their patrons, aimed to return to 'more of the same', obviously has to be certifiably crazy. Anyone who is willing to ignore the consequences, at the very least, has to be masochistic.

    November 7, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. jlec

    Why is Sarah Palin on CNN EVERY DAY???? Seriously, CNN keeps giving her the spot light....;Why? Both the Dems and Reps know she is not a serious contender for 2012. If the dems really want to hurt the Reps in 2012, they need to start focusing on real contenders like Bobby Jindal or Mitt Romney. Also, CNN should start moving a little more to the center and cover more important stories like the 10.2% unemployment or why the person Anita Dunn (White House Communications Director) most looks up to is Chairman Mao, before they lose more veiwers to FOX. I'm an independent and voted for Gore, Kerry, and McCain in the last 3 elections, but it looks like I'll finally vote for the winning side in 2012. JINDAL in 2012

    November 7, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Babs

    All liberals are not afraid of Palin as many of you have said. In fact, it's quite the opposite. We welcome her as she gives us more hope than we ever expected. You see, we see her for what she really is which is something many of you don't. You can't succed in anything if you only make it about you. She will become a threat when she gains more intellegience, learns to address the truth, stays on course and doesn't ramble and first and for most, shows that there are other people around who think less of themselves and more about the issues. Her lack of follow thru has proven that she is pretty far from accomplishing the above.

    November 7, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Mekhong Kurt

    *Afraid* of Palin??? Are you joking???

    Embarrassed for her is more like it.

    November 7, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Bill N

    It always surprises me that in spite of recent mass murders, continuing struggle with health care, hunger, corruption, poverty, multiple wars, soldiers suffering, that this right wing talking point still gets any media attention. Nothing more important than this woman?

    November 7, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. tisgoogle

    Media your so into this woman! The woman is evil!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Republicans are the American Taliban

    What if the media boycotted the event?

    November 7, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Dave

    To all of you name calling liberals: I know you people are naturally negative and usually not very pleasant in general, but could it be that you can sense the end of your political honeymoon. Maybe you also sense the majority of independents have buyer’s remorse after electing our current socialist, unqualified leader. I have a few liberal friends. They are not much fun to be around. They are always complaining about something. You people are pathetic.

    November 7, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Pragmatic

    John Edwards is at home ... not writing books, not doing robo calls for candidates that didn't want her .... will the Press be allowed in at this dinner? One this weekend is hush-hush .... everything will be hidden by bedsheets ... no phones, ipods or written record of what Palin really says ... now that's real freedom of speech ...

    Anyone posting "socialism" is just quoting the radical right and their scare-word for this year ... before it was "mushroom cloud" ... ya can't fool all the people all of the time anymore...

    November 7, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. ross berg-buffalo ny

    For her sake let's hope she limits her remarks to her prepared ( and hopefully well practiced ) text!! Otherwise she risks being asked on the spot questions and we know how that turns out.

    The Dems better do all possible to see that the media is not allowed to ask her any impromptu questions as it is their interest to keep her on stage as long as possible!!

    November 7, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Vicki

    Dear Repubs, YOU should be in fear of Sarah Palin. She is the only reason McCain didn't win the election. Do you seriously not realize that she made old folks in places like Idaho say, "let's give the black guy a shot"??!! Wake up and get behind the more moderate and intelligent members of your party. Your hero Sarah is making all of you look as woefully uneducated and ignorant as she is.

    November 7, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. cindy ex-republican cause of people like rush

    long rider, we are afraid of people like you who would take this hypocrite hate peddling unsmart women seriously!!! it is so childish when people say things like that, for what reason would anyone be afraid of palin. she would never never be president. never!!! americans are too smart! go america!!!!!

    November 7, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Yeah RIght

    Long Rider – No one is afraid of Palin. What is really scary though is that there are idiots who can manage to misspell a three letter word that think she is even remotely qualified to hold ANY elected office

    November 7, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. ahetch

    Wanna bet whether she will show up on not?

    November 7, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. Michael from SoCal

    To "Again with the Palin Bashing":

    John Edwards is not trying to run for political office so it is irrelavent what he is doing. Sarah Palin is an idiot for idiots-just listen to her speak. No substance, no thought, no common sense. I don't like the far right or the far left--let's just stay middle of the road and the USA will be much better off for ALL Americans...

    November 7, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  18. ahetch

    Is she charging money for this?

    November 7, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. I'm a Barbie girl in a not-so-Barbie world

    This FOX NEWS Goddess needs to first learn to read and comprehend the English language before trying to write a book.

    November 7, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. CNN 100% censored reader

    I see the majority of negative posts about her are from men. I guess your masculinity is being threatened or perhaps you have unresolved issues you can't handle. The Republicans are proud to have a woman in the forefront of the battle, and even a black conservative running the RNC. Our tent is getting much bigger since Independents have turned in droves to the Republican side. What will be left of the Democratic Party will be Code Pink and ACORN (until they are disbanded and thrown in jail), and the "real" teabaggers. : )

    November 7, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. X Republican

    Please get Palin's face off this website. We are trying to pass Healthcare reform today. We do not care about Palin. She is not news, she is a trainwreck!!!!

    November 7, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. tom

    May God have mercy on each one of us and on Palin's apocalyptic sails.

    November 7, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Lee

    it is very scary that this mess is still in the headlines. her supporters can all claim that she is important because she stays in the media, but lets not forget she has a public platform to state the most ridiculously ignorant and oblivious opinions, and what she falsely presumes to be facts.
    they also fail to see through her thinly veiled efforts to en-cite anger towards the president and governing powers.
    face the facts, republicans lost the presidential bid...and if you choose to make this clown your representative in the next election, it will be a colossal failure...but ultimately great for Americans and the rest of the world.
    As a further bonus, maybe then she will shut up? Just wishful thinking...

    November 7, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Nick in LA

    Winner of today's best comment:

    "Maybe she can sit at a table with George Bush, jr and they can try to out-dumb one another."

    Jbgoode November 7th, 2009 11:42 am ET

    November 7, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Richard L

    Anything for money.

    November 7, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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