Palin fakes out reporters at Gettysburg hotel
May 31st, 2011
09:03 AM ET
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Palin fakes out reporters at Gettysburg hotel

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Sarah Palin pulled a clever bait and switch on reporters in Gettysburg on Tuesday, as her "One Nation" bus tour rolls into its third day.

The Palin family and a few members of her staff sneaked out of their hotel early, leaving their flashy bus behind in the hotel parking lot to give reporters chasing her the impression that she was still readying for the day.

As members of Palin's advance staff began to roll out luggage to the bus on Tuesday morning, a crush of media and tourists gathered to meet the potential presidential candidate on her way out of the hotel.

But CNN was soon tipped off that Palin was long gone, off to visit the Civil War battlefields and onward toward Philadelphia.

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
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  1. Jeff in Virginia

    Hamby, are you for real? This is not reporting, this is fan-boy worship.

    May 31, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  2. Michael

    I get the impression that everything she does is a stunt of some sort.

    "look at me!!! look at me!!!" ------> "Can you believe the attention they're paying me? Can you believe the scrutiny? It's not right!!!"

    She asks for it. All of it. And then pretends like she's had nothing to do with it. Yeah. I'll just go on a well publicized bus tour across the country and then skip out on the reporters. Please. Be a grown. Just say you don't want to talk. The same way as the rest of us with the Witnesses and Mormons that knock on the door. It would be silly to leave my car out front and then go to the park. In another ride to throw them off. Like, really?? Really, Sarah?

    May 31, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    When will the media learn that Palin does not have the same spunk that she once did....Maybe $arah is correct, the lamestream media is lamestream....for following her around.

    May 31, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. gt

    palin is a fake... cnn and the rest of the media took the bait ....hook line and sinker... why do you constantly give her press time..ugh..

    May 31, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Trickery

    Someone who has that much disdain for the people is someone who can't take an honest question.

    May 31, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. Fred Evil

    Like she doesn't actually want them around?!

    Do her a favor reporters! DON'T!

    No one cares about her, no one WANTS to hear about her, she's a national embarrassment, yet you jokers can't leave well enough alone!! STOP REPORTING ABOUT HER!!!

    May 31, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    The only question that needs to be asked of $arah Palin is, "What is your plan to strengthen the economy and how will you support the Spring Awakening in the Middle East Region?".........We don't need to know if she is running for president or not.....If she don't know by now, she will never know.

    May 31, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. diridi

    she is a total nonsense to the nation, she initially faked out to reporters, then to Public, then to not even trust this disgrace to the society, and the nation....shame...get educated...o.k., Obama2012.....Again, Listen, this deficit is not obama's fault, it is created by Bush, and is a long time overhaul...o.k, We need spending in our current situation, at least till economy re-bounces...listen...true...

    May 31, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Dave

    This is news?

    May 31, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. keith

    stop following her and she'll go away.

    May 31, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Rick J

    How childish! Unfit to lead. Who does this?
    Leave the adults in office. Maybe she was trying to see Alaska from her hotel room?

    May 31, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Larry L

    I'm amused to hear conservatives defend Sarah Palin as a good choice for political office. Even John McCain made a weak attempt to sort-of-endorse Sarah – as if his endorsement is any better now than it was in 2008. Here's the bottom line: The GOP tried to find a candidate who was a political unknown, could energize the right-wing and social conservatives, and was physically attractive. They misjudged her ability to not say ridiculous things and they assumed she had at least a moderate level of national and international awareness. Wrong! She has one real value – she's cute. That's it. Cute.

    May 31, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Kudos to Palin for creating a GOP/Tea Party presidential primary circus and taking media attention from serious candidates. Who is paying for Palin's publicity stunt....Fox news? Fox has taken journalism to new lows...creating news instead of reporting it.

    May 31, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Texas Doc

    About the only time you will see "Palin outsmarts...." anything in print.

    May 31, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Kantankerpus

    Gotta love it, Palin is giving the LSM the one finger salute. Like she told Greta last night when asked doesn't she owe the LSM a heads up as to her itinerary? Sarah replied, "she doesn't owe the LSM anything, if they want to follow her for a story, let them work for it.

    May 31, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. beefromnj

    ducking the media again huh? That's about the only thing she's smart at.

    May 31, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Josh Palin

    "Flashy": bus? Is it more of less "flashy" than the CNN bus in the photo with it? Or about the same?

    May 31, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. me

    Just what I look for in a leader, the ability to ditch the paparazzi. Still want to kick McCain in the shins for this airheaded nitwit.

    May 31, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. dep

    The only reasoning I can figure is,"She,s to dumb to answer Questions? She knows "Nothing Of Politics" Dah?

    May 31, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Slick move Mrs Palin maybe you had a bad hair day????!!!!!!!!

    May 31, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Real Patriot

    "Look at me..Look at me...Don't Look at me....Don't look at me...." Pathetic.......

    May 31, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. Sandi

    Just stop following her. Who cares!

    May 31, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. bhavin

    I wonder why CNN spends so much time after this idiot.

    May 31, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. bcnu_too

    Who cares? Is everyone else as sick as I am of seeing Palin's name constantly in the news for every little thing she does. Monday was a national holiday to honor our servicemen and women and the sacrifices they have made for our country and she has to put herself out there to overshadow the holiday because of her giant ego and quest for constant publicity. She is a disgrace to America.

    May 31, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. John

    What I don't Understand Is why does CNN has a bus following her to begin with. There iIs nothing about Saran Palin that Is news. Everyone know she the Most UNQUALIFIED person to run for President. And she wasn't say she even going to run. But the people that have say they are running ,CNN is not covering they as good. What Is It with You CNN about Saran Palin, She Is Nothing but a Idiot and you know this. You know If you stop covering her she will go away. And As far That I'm Concern Is Fox news Is away.

    May 31, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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