September 23rd, 2008
02:45 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain camp tries to keep reporters out of Palin meetings

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The media was allowed to observe Palin and Karzai for less than 30 seconds."](CNN) - McCain-Palin campaign officials shifted course Tuesday after being informed by television news organizations that they would not broadcast footage of Sarah Palin’s meeting with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai Tuesday in New York - the Republican VP nominee’s first with a foreign leader - if a reporter was not allowed in to observe the pair.

CNN, which was the pool network for the event, informed the campaign of its decision. The network was then told a CNN producer would be allowed in the room to act as a media representative, just minutes before the photo op was scheduled to take place. However, print reporters and wire services were not allowed to observe the meeting, as they have been able to do at similar McCain events in the past.

The press only caught a brief glimpse of the vice presidential nominee. Palin was seated in a large chair a few feet from Karzai, with a table in between them. Seated slightly behind Palin were campaign foreign policy advisers Steve Biegun and Randy Scheunemann, who are accompanying the governor in her motorcade today.

As the pool entered, the Afghan president appeared to be telling Palin about his young son, who was born in January 2007.

Palin, her legs crossed and at one point patting her heart, was leaning in eagerly and smiling. Karzai, wearing his traditional clothes but without his trademark karakul hat, was also grinning while discussing the child. His remarks were mostly unintelligible as the noise from the clicking cameras drowned them out.

“What is his name?,” Palin asked.

“Mirwais,” Karzai responded. “Mirwais, which means, ‘The Light of the House.’”

“Oh nice,” Palin responded.

“He is the only one we have,” remarked Karzai.

After 29 seconds observing the meeting, CNN and other photographers covering the meeting were escorted out of the room.

Later, McCain-Palin press representatives chalked up the restrictions to a “mix-up, a miscommunication among staff.” The full pool — a print and wires reporter, along with a television producer — was then allowed in to observe Palin’s meeting with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe for 15-20 seconds.

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soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. Charlie

    thats ridiculous! she is a "leading energy expert" because she is from Alaska and now she has forgein experience because she had some "speed datings" with forgein leaders. laughable!

    the republicans obviously conceal Sarah Palin from the media, because they know she will sink McCains campaign with her naiv, clumsy and unqualified "hockey mom" policy.

    September 23, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    What are these guys hiding? and for how lonG? Pathetic!

    September 23, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. RepublicansHateAmerica

    Palin: "Do Be Do Be Do"

    September 23, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Jesus Praising & Freedom Loving Patriot


    I HATE her.

    September 23, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Lutisha BeeBranch Ark

    Well I guess that shows exactly how they will treat her, discuss his child what next ask her to bake a cake, I think the conversation would be quite different with Biden or even Hillary!!!!!

    September 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. the other jd

    I cannot wait for her to meet with Bono. That should be a hoot.

    September 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Emily

    So, let me get this straight. She is having these meetings which
    her cohort will brag and brag about and yet no one was allowed to
    see them for more t h at a minute. Im so tired of them thinking I
    am stupid. Who are they fooling?

    September 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Jayson in CA

    She's lame.

    The public will probably buy the mix up story lie coming from McCain's group.

    September 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Beverly

    I can not believe that the media lets the McCain campaign get away with this. Why bother showing up for any of the meets. All they want are pictures to show that she can sit across from a foreign leader, not show her speaking to them about anything important. All this shows is how very little she know about foreign policy, or anything else for that matter. ALL SHOW NO SUBSTANCE!

    September 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. banderson

    If this story doesn't make people stand up and pay attention to what the McCain campaign has been trying to do to the media then nothing will. Although I enjoy the life story of Ms Palin and find it very compelling, it is obvious that she was not and is not prepared to be one heartbeat away from the presidency. My Goodness, Wake up America.

    September 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. no trickle down...

    I thought it was supposed to be 15 minutes of fame, not 29 seconds.

    September 23, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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