November 17th, 2009
12:51 PM ET
5 years ago

No media allowed at Palin speech in Missouri

Palin is speaking in Missouri in December.
Palin is speaking in Missouri in December.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Reporters won't be allowed to cover Sarah Palin's convocation speech at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri on December 2, according to the school.

Elizabeth Andrews, the college's communications director, called the decision "mutual."

"This was per the agreement that the College of the Ozarks had when had when we booked governor Palin for the convocation," she told CNN. "This didn't come from our end or theirs. It was a mutual consent kind of thing."

Andrews said the agreement is not unusual for the school, a Christian college in southern Missouri. She said past events with prominent speakers have also been closed to the press.

"This isn't the first time this has happened," she explained.

Free tickets were distributed when the appearance was first announced in November, but were quickly snatched up. Before the speech, Palin will be signing copies of "Going Rogue" in Springfield, Missouri, about an hour away from the college.


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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Tony

    Great – keep giving the airhead free advertisement and she will continue to keep you guys out of her hateful speeches.

    November 17, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Fred the Moderate

    Media – this could be a good trend! Stop reporting on her. Go completely dark and watch her struggle for your attention! At least we the public who can care less about her won't have to constantly hear about her again until something real happens.

    November 17, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We cant stop laughing,thank you Sarah,eat day you bring fresh stupid humor.hahaha

    November 17, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Gary in PA

    Wow! Another opportunity to slam Levi Johnston and blame everyone else for the problems she caused herself. No wonder the media isn't allowed. And some people actually want her to run for President?!?

    November 17, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. annie s

    Someone asked a person who took 6 years and five colleges to get a degree to speak at a convocation? What's she going to say? Don't worry about a real education, you can get by on your looks and a few winks in the right place? Sheesh.

    November 17, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Reagan was wrong

    Well duh. Sarah Palin, professional victim and habitual liar, wouldn't have it any other way.

    November 17, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. JS

    Good. One thing I can actually agree with her on. Wish the press would stop covering every move she makes. She doesn't represent anything that helps. Why spend soooooo much time covering her. Has been! She is a perfect candidate for "where are they now".

    November 17, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    She has already told us everything she knows.

    November 17, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. kr

    CNN why is this so important does Palin report on a daily basis multiple times. I did not buy her whiny book and I am disgusted with this woman and her ego problems; pure narcissistic. The way she is reported on a person would think she is already on the trail and if that happens I want to see how CNN reports.

    November 17, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    Media is only suppose to cover "news worthy" events, right? So whats the big deal, nothing that has comes from Sara Palins mouth has ever been considered news worthy.

    November 17, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    that's so she spout her flat earth, creationist drivel and not be called on it

    November 17, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Sarah is rolling.....

    tons of dough in her pocket and free of the Governor's office, she's ready to enjoy herself as she takes down the Pelosi-Reed gang.....

    Sarah Palin/Liz Cheney 2012'

    Obama is ONE and DONE. Let's start the chant.

    November 17, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Marion/Alabama

    Talk about a media blitz,the bed wetters will be drooling at the mouth,no media,and a speech from Sarah Palin. Since they will have no one to spread inuendos and lies about they may decide to report the truth.That would be refreshing for a change would it not?

    November 17, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. LYNETTE IN CA

    Well, if you saw Oprah yesterday and, quite possibly if you see her w/Barbara Walters this eve, you can see why you would not want media around:

    What does "uncaught" mean?

    Is "foundational" a word? I guess you can push this to work, but ...

    These are terms she used during the Oprah interview. There were more, but I couldn't remember all of them!

    November 17, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Aaron

    Well, sure. After she was demonstrated to have been spreading hateful lies to a pro-life gathering who was all too willing to believe her, she just doesn't want to get caught lying again. She does much better in controlled environments where's she's not held accountable.

    November 17, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. CNN do your job right

    Is media going to be allowed when Obama talks to Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers?

    November 17, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    She THRASHES the media – then she USES the media for her own good and benefit – then she THRASHES the media – then she USES the media for her advantage!!!!!

    The MEDIA should STOP catering to her because there are sooooo many other INTERESTED FEMALES that actually uses their BRAINS!!! Palin is getting a FREE RIDE!!

    Even when she EXCLUDES the media, she's STILL in the MEDIA???? So who do you blame – the MEDIA!!!!

    November 17, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Skeeve

    Considering quality of education provided by this college Palin will feel right at home there.

    November 17, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. justin

    She is not in politics anymore. Why is CNN still treating her like she is. Please move this to either the Opinion or Entertainment column.

    November 17, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Silence Dogoode

    So? This is a privately owned school...the press does not have carte blanche to go wherever and when ever they want....

    November 17, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. westvil1

    What's next.....no questions for her highness? This broad is unbelievable.

    November 17, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. CR

    She will no doubt say goofy things that are out-of-the-mainstream.

    November 17, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Steve in Kentucky

    She's probably not going to say anything she hasn't said dozens of times before. And even if she did, so what?

    November 17, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I find it stupefying that this woman who goes around tellign us how precious our freedoms are and how they are being eroded by this administration makes it a habit of barring the FREE PRESS from her numerous public appearances. And no one finds that at all odd. Hmm.

    November 17, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. BJs65

    *snort* She can't take it. "No press! No questions!"

    Then it'll be "whine whine whine! Nobody's paying attention to me!"

    November 17, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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