February 16th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Why doesn't Palin want news media to cover some of her speeches?

Sarah Palin may be talking; but it sounds like she doesn't want the media to hear her.

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The Orlando Sentinel reports that Palin is banning all video and sound recordings at two high-profile, big-ticket speeches in Florida in the next month.

Sponsors of these speeches say the rules for the events are set by Palin's agents. Members of the media can buy a ticket like anyone else – for a couple hundred bucks, that is. But no pictures, audio or video recording allowed. Also, Palin has banned media in most cases at her book signings – except for brief photo-ops.

You'd think someone considering a run for the White House in 2012 would want as much media coverage as possible. Which is what happens whenever the former VP candidate opens her mouth. The media just eat it up.

But that may be part of the problem too: Take Palin's widely covered Tea Party speech for example, where media coverage was allowed: While the base loves what she's selling, Palin has come under lots of criticism for the crib notes she had scribbled on her hand.

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