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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  1. Jim

    Can someone please tell me why Sarah Palin is supposed to be interesting? Why would the media want to cover her speech? Its not as if she's articulate or even has something to say that means something outside right wing nut circles.

    November 17, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. The Other Michael in Houston

    Wow, someone invited her for a convocation???? What, Miss California was not available? Ahhh here comes the righties "all of you are afraid of her" nonsense. Well, yes, we might be. They have places called Mental Institutions for people like Sarah. I personally would like to see a competitive 2012 election race, so for the sake of your party Rethugs, choose Huck or Mitt please, otherwise it will be a blowout .............again. At least one of those two has half a chance of keeping it close.

    November 17, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. TCM

    haha...CNN...why arent you covering all the "handpicked," townhalls for Obama and theliberal dems? When Palin decides that she doesn't want the misinformation media creates a news article? Wow...liberals truly are afraid of the threat Palin poses.

    November 17, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. James Pfeiffer

    This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. She can't speak! Why would she want anyone to listen to what she has to say when they might report that she, for most intelligent people that is, made no sense!

    November 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. mjm

    Especially not Newsweek.

    I love all the sexiest, insulting comments by the democratic party of tolerance.

    Let's one know just where they stand on issues of equality for women.

    Palin is less of a human, let alone a woman, in a male dominated field to the Democrats simply because she chooses to be a Republican.

    November 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Richp

    Does not matter, the mainstream media will just make up more stuff.

    November 17, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. An item for thought

    What a hypocrite! Sarah (family values) Palin was apparently pregnant when she got married. She now rails about her christian values and how young people should practice abstinance rather than use birth control. It would seem she has first hand knowledge that abstinance doesn't work because it apparently didn't work in her life.

    November 17, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Just Me

    Does this air head thinks she can become President of the U.S. or have any major impact on the national scene without dealing with the press. She need to stop running, learn how to string a few sentences together, grap a geography book, revisit American history and historical international affairs, and face the music instead of acting like she has a single brain cell in her head.

    November 17, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |

    Sarah Palin has multiple personality disorder of the mouth.
    She's disgusting. Does she ever tell the truth? Geez.

    November 17, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Thats because the dimwit cannot string two complete sentences together and she's afraid the evil media will notice. Always the victim, she continues to pretend like Katie Couric was bellligerent and condescending instead of recognizing that she herself was the most ill-prepared bozo on the airwaves......poor, poor Sarah.

    November 17, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  11. marc-bos

    Funny – College of the Ozarks – guess she falls short of Harvard or Yale.

    November 17, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  12. Same Old Thing

    Same old same old. Just like during the campaign, they always try to hide her speeches because she does not know what she is talking about.

    November 17, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What is Palin afraid of by not allowing the media in to hear her speak? Oh, that's right. They are all liberal and biased against her because they ask questions when they find something she said isn't correct. They do something sneaky like checking facts.

    November 17, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. CMG

    I find it very interesting that Sarah is around the media only when she thinks it is advantageous to her. If she is going to bash the President, then they are off limits. Sarah, you are so superificial even Levi can see through you.

    November 17, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Clint

    If this person has true aspirations to hold public office again (even for a short time until a better money offer comes along) how can she expect to be taken seriously when she functions as a public figure who only operates behind closed doors? Someone has to explain to her that she can't have it both ways. If she is afraid of criticism and other viewpoints other than her own narrow ones, she does not belong in public life and perhaps should confine herself to appearing in cheesecake photos for running magazines for money.

    November 17, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Wheresthenews

    Love the quick poll on your fron page "Have you "unfriended" anyone in your social network"......good poll (waaaaa). If you click on the world section you will find the poll "Do you agree with holding the Terrorist trial in NY"...why dont you ask that on the front page?

    November 17, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. makemesick

    7 Article's about Palin on the CNN P.T.
    I guess that explains why you are no longer America's choice for what is going on in the country.
    1 Article on terorrist coming to America. MMMM Interesting, Agenda?

    November 17, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  18. beth

    Oh Great, she gets to spew her hate behind closed doors with like-minded numb heads.

    November 17, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Gary

    It certainly looks like the Palin group (Cheney, Bush, Limbaugh, and others) along with a lot of members of the GOP do not like the press unless they control what is said and when. I wonder what would happen to free speech in America if any of those three ever came to a position of authority!

    November 17, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. james

    It amazes me how much attention the Comrade News Network gives to Sarah Palin. It's hilarious how scared the left is that she's going to run for president. I've got news for you, guys - the more you cover her, the stronger and larger her base gets. The more attention you give her the more likely she is to run. And if she runs, your socialist darling in the White House is done.

    November 17, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    No reporters allowed while Palin is taking an English class.

    November 17, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Dave in WNY

    Glad to hear the media weren't invited, there's zero chance that what takes place will have any resemblance to what would have been reported. Journalism is extinct, and she knows it. Places like this are for entertainment purposes only.

    November 17, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. hypocrite 2012

    wow, so she wants freedom of speech, but no media is allowed.
    I hope the protestors show up in droves... LOL

    November 17, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  24. Torch

    Good for you Palin. You don't need the media. They are afraid of you because unlike Dem women, you're actually attractive and conservative. They can't handle that.

    Obama, the mistake of 08.

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

    How in good conscience can a institution supposedly of higher learning possibly believe the Palin is a viable speaker? Oh wait, I now see it's NOT an institution of higher learning ... it's just a Christian College in Missouri!

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