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

No media allowed at Palin speech in Missouri

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Marc

    Please, to anyone with a brain that decides to attend this or any other 'prohibited to press' Palin's speeches, take a camera with you. Cellphone cameras included. Record it and then show it to the world. We need to know not what she says in those speeches, but what is the reaction to them.

    November 17, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. Tom

    Just in case she makes a boo-boo. Twit!

    November 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. S.- AR

    CNN is sure doing its part to help Sarah Palin become successful. CNN is FOX News #2.
    Your prejudice against President Obama is evident and being talked about in many circles.
    No wonder your ratings are dropping.

    November 17, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Dave

    You know why people hide things? Because they're ashamed of 'em. That's why Palin only speaks to closed-door audiences, because she knows if the material she's spewing were allowed to go public, somebody would fact-check it and she'd be proven a liar.

    Now I'm sure we'll hear from the conservatives, who will obliviously (and hilariously) spout about the evils of the "main stream media" while simultaneously reminding us that FOX's ratings are much higher than everybody else's (which would mean FOX is the MOST main-stream media, to anybody but an illogical conservative).

    November 17, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Jim

    wait a minute ... I thought obama was the one who was supposed to be the socialist. isn't the first step in socialism to "control the media"


    i guess I should expect that sort of hypocrisy from republicans

    November 17, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Texas Doc

    What's to hide? What could you possibly be afraid of? You have given us way to much to make us even wonder what innane gibberish you could spew out to a 'selected' audience.

    November 17, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. AH

    Palin is very charming, but so old school. The crowd who believes that overpricing medical care, medications and shelter and insurance for cars, homes, etc is the way to control the country. Well it is the way to bankrupt the country, as we can see. Those old ways are no longer sustainable for any country, the bubble has burst! !! We must put back money in to society, to much has gone out. Just so that the rich can out do one another in who has the most billions!! The future of our country demands that we give back to the masses so that we may flourish or we will destroy the very fafbric that we love, demacracy at it's best, is charitable. Inflation has destroyed America!! We need to freeze prices for necessities. The middle class must catch up, and be able to store up. The greedy, need to take a back seat!!

    November 17, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. A.B.

    Sarah Palin hates the press and cannot withstand media scrutiny are the reasons why she and her operatives barred the media from covering her book signing promotion tour to the Missouri Ozark's College. This is not the strategy that a potential political aspirant would use to build broad based public support for a future campaign for higher national office. In today's world of politics, you do not get a second chance to make a first impression. This is especially true in the world of national politics.

    November 17, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. petena

    Let me see what she will say! Hmmm. Like "I went to four colleges to get my degree". "Run for a public office and once you have suckered the voters to elect you, QUIT! Run for president and if you lose, write a gossip book". It doesn't matter if you make mockery of yourself and others as long as you make MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Sarah's finally getting smart–she knows she can't trust the elite liberal mainstream media. Their favorite trick is to quote her verbatim to make her sound like a fool.

    November 17, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. Peggy

    Ah, Sarah Palin - the gift that keeps right on giving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 17, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. deborah/kansas city

    She is such a wimp. She only goes places she knows she will be well received, by people who don't look hard at who she really is. She allows no press. She is a quitter and a wimp and she really embarasses me. She is clearly out for the money and does not care about anything but what is good for Sarah. She would be a disaster as anytype of leader, just like she quit in Alaska

    November 17, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    What's Princess Palin so scared of?

    November 17, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Minnesotan

    She's scared of anyone who disagrees with her and knows the media will uncover any falsehoods she spews, of which there are usually dozens. Stupid people hate things like dictionaries, encyclopedias, and facts. But then so do Republicans.

    November 17, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. RealityKing

    Good for you Sarah. The progressive media has clearly proven their journalistic ineptness..

    November 17, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Art Surette

    Leave her alone. You know the whole United States is not like the East or West Coast inner Cities.

    Many like to hear her.

    How can she be dumb (Bush) and dumber (Obama) then what we have been dealing with?

    The United States is Center but all we get on the News is from the Left and from the Right.

    Who cares? Both are sometimes correct. Both are wrong many times.

    Moderates swing back and forth punishing the last idiot.

    Drill, Drill Drill is stupid to the people that Mock her but in the center it means jobs.

    People where she is from probably do not care Polar Bears if they had to come eye to eye with one.

    She is cashing in to pay legal bills brought on to her.

    Alex Tocquville would expect nothing less.

    Let her go do her thing with people that want to hear it.

    November 17, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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