February 16th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

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

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

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.

Meanwhile new poll numbers suggest Palin may want to reconsider a potential White House run. A Washington Post-ABC News survey shows only 37 percent of Americans have a favorable view of her - 55 percent have an unfavorable view.

Plus a whopping 71 percent say Palin is not qualified to be president - that includes more than half of Republicans. Only a quarter think she is qualified to sit in the Oval Office. Wonder who those people are?

Here’s my question to you: Why does Sarah Palin not want the news media to cover some of her speeches?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve writes:
Because they "ain't payin”. It’s becoming apparent that "hopey changey" and other Palinisms play well to a narrow crowd that have cash to spend. These little "Palinisms" do nothing to suggest an IQ getting to triple digits, so the less exposure the better. She takes Tea Party cash and endorses her great Grampa McCain. It’s totally all about the Benjamins, Jack.

David in Cedar Rapids, Iowa writes:
Because she's a fraud! You know it, I know it, 71% of America knows it and she knows it. The only ones that don't know it are the fools willing to pay money to have the sirens song drift harmlessly through their heads while she serenades them with her folksy mishmash of canned patriotism and twisted Christianity.

Kris writes:
Because every time she opens her mouth she makes a fool of herself.

Dave writes:
Sarah Palin closes her speeches so those who haven't paid to hear her speak don't have the opportunity to experience buyer's remorse.

Dan writes:
Because she is an idiot and she believes that if there are no recordings or pictures of her being an idiot then the 71% may forget that she is an idiot.

George writes:
No one needs to cover her speeches because we have enough to prove her incompetence already. Now, no more Sarah. Bad Jack, bad.

Eric writes:
Please, please stop covering, promoting, giving any validity to this simpleton trailer dweller. America doesn't need this. If she doesn't want media coverage, by all means honor her request!

Markel writes:
Damage control.

Filed under: News Media • Sarah Palin
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Dave, Cedar Rapids, IA

    Because she's a fraud! You know it, I know it, 71% of America knows it and she knows it. The only ones that don't know it are the fools willing to pay money to have the sirens song drift harmlessly through their heads while she seranades them with her folksy mishmash of canned patriotism and twisted Christianity.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  2. Ollie

    Ms. Palin has learned that national media is not friendly nor folksy. Imagine that!!

    She operated on a smaller stage in Alaska and found ways to control and manipulate the media there. She has only ever been a trite phrase, next-sound-byte, seek the spotlight politician, never more than that.

    Now, on the larger, nationwide stage all that folksy, cutesy stuff isn't workin' for her and she is flailing around, trying to find ways of controlling and manipulating this new media, trying to gain credibility that I am afraid she will just not find.

    East Wenatchee, WA

    February 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  3. Sadie

    What is she afraid of?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  4. Mark NJ

    Quite simply! Her ignorance and stupidity is immediately shown when she opens her mouth. This has been clearly seen by educated americans, not by the morons who follow her!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  5. Jane Burdette

    The majority of Americans are tired of hearing her rediculous comments about subjects she know nothing about.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  6. Carl

    Why are reporting on this lady? She has absolutely no bearing on anything that is happening in this country and has yet to do anything to to earn her all this attention. I don't think that there are that many news agencies that will be tearing down the door to get into her speeches. This is not news, no one really cares.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  7. MNResident

    She desires to speak with her friends, and the media is not her friend...

    February 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  8. Stella

    because she still sounds like an idiot!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  9. Come on!

    If she grows tired of the presidency, will she quit that too?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  10. Jenny

    Because everytime she opens her mouth her feet keep getting in the way.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  11. Mike from Denver

    Maybe she just wants to spread the laughs evenly between the news media and the late night talk shows.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  12. Bubba ATL GA

    The people who think this loon is electable also believe in unicorns and little pink fairies. Can't they see the writing on the hand?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  13. roy

    because blaming the media for her idiocracy is one of the few cards she has left to play.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  14. Seattle Tommy

    Because she's an idiot!

    And she does IDIOTIC things....and the media, doing their job, reports
    as such. That's why she's effectively implementing a blanket ban on all forms of media coverage.

    Sarah the Quitter should spare the populace further...her 15 minutes of fame were over long ago. HOW she can continue to generate interest is beyond me!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  15. Scott Stodden

    Because Jack whenever Ms Palin opens her mouth nothing makes sense and she knows it and also she's probably tired of David Letterman making fun of her every single night! I think she is ignorant no matter what she says or does and the less coverage of Sarah Palin by the news media the better and that's not only my opinion!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    February 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  16. Ben Laurens

    Could it be that she is tired of being singled out by an extremely biased media as a scapegoat. For example; her crib notes are a major negative story while Obama can't say his name without a teleprompter and even then he gets it wrong "Corpseman" Where is your objectivity?? Poll numbers?? Thank you CNN, New york times, Networks etc..... She appeals to middle America, and in November you will get a real taste of what that means. Compare Palin's experience to Mr SIEU and acorn. He got elected because of shrewd handlers and a facile gift of speech. Palin has at least done something political successfully. Sarah needs work, she needs more education on the international front, no doubt, but she is in the pulse of Americans who still care about the constitution, which is more than can be said for nobama, ried and pelosi

    February 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  17. Erik in Iowa City

    I think it's clear that she (more so, her handlers) don't want the media with too fine a focus on her actual speech and speaking abilities; rather, they want the media to cover the event, the fact that her speech happened and that so many people showed up. I can't imagine how such an approach can ultimately be effective, however.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  18. Dan Mc Cauley

    With what comes out of her mouth it is not suprising that her handlers have decided that in some case less is more. That is when she inserts foot into mouth that is. She is reflective of a segment of this country who are just plain fed up with everything Washington does,or should I say doesnt do during a time when we need both sides to work together to solve some very difficult issues we "all" face. Dear Ms.Sarah is not the fix,but merely a mouth piece for this group. Very hypocritical to make statements about the sitting President using a teleprompter when her most important moment in front of her biggest audience she must refer to her crib notes on her hand,.....well prepared shall we say!!??

    February 16, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  19. Alex in Wisconsin

    It's obvious, she doesn't want the cameras because she doesn't want people outside the room to see her crib sheets on her hand like last time. she doesn't want the voice recorders because she knows she will sound like an idiot to those people with a higher IQ than a moose. She wants to hold the event anyway because Sarah Palin is all about the money.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  20. Kellie in Cleveland

    Easy, Jack. She doesn't want to give anyone fodder for creating the 2012 "Sarah Palin Dumbest Quotes" calendar. (Personally, I would buy it. I miss the one that I had with George W. Bush quotes!)

    February 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  21. James Lenon - Chuckey TN

    She obviously has only one speech to use. If she allows any media except Pox News to cover her appearances, that word will escape. She may get $100,000 per appearance but she's obviously too cheap to pay someone to write another speech for her.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  22. Bob Wills

    There is one substitute for knowledge and that is silence.

    If there is no recording there is silence so someone might think she has some knowledge

    February 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  23. Joshua

    I believe that she does not want media coverage because it seems the more coverage she gets, the less popular she gets. I also think the lack luster coverage of he withdrawal as governor of Alaska was do in large part because the people of Alaska wised up and realized she had no business in politics. This would have resulted in a loss for Palin in the next governor elections which would have ruined her chances at the presidency. She will never say the true reason behind her resignation, but losing a governor's race would have ruined her. She could be the candidate the would split the Republican party when will the Republicans wise up and see she is just another somewhat pretty face.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  24. Alan Runyan

    Perhaps one of her managers has realized that she has nothing to say of any substance? She's full of criticism of the administration, "How's that hopey, changey stuff workin' out fer ya?" but her problem is the same problem that plagues most of the members of congress these days i.e. all of them talk about how things aren't great, but none of them are coming up with any realistic ways to make things great again. If I were her managers, I wouldn't let her be taped or filmed either. She flamed the President for using teleprompters while she had magic marker answers on her hands. This woman is a hardcore ninny and needs to go away.

    Louisville, Kentucky

    February 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  25. John

    She does not want press because she knows what everybody but her followers already know. The lights are on but nobody is home!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  26. Lucy, Austin, Texas

    Sara Palin is not genuine, kind, or generous. Everytime she speaks she has to follow a script or she puts her foot in her mouth and comes off as poorly educated or just plain mean and petty. She has become the "joe the plumber" or the pretty but totally self-absorbed Paris Hilton of politics. Politics has reached an all time record low. I believe that this kind of politics led us to this resession. If people continue to support candidates like Sarah Palin who have done nothing but only criticize others, then it will be a long dark road to economic recovery.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  27. Ron

    Jack, Sarah Palin closes her speeches because she knows anyone not blinded by rage will realize she is full of hot air. She may be an idiot, but she's not stupid.

    Ron, Charlottesville, Virginia

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  28. Karen

    Palin's pretty whiny about criticism. She wants to be told how pretty and feisty and All-American she is. The media hasn't shown much willingness to do that.

    Actually, before she was chosen as McCain's running mate, the Alaskan media was a little too kind to her. But they've changed now.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  29. Papa John Kaisermann

    Sarah Palin doesn't want the media to know that most of what she says in her speeches is not based on fact, but it does get the people fired up.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  30. E D Marshall

    The news media is biased. If you are not in their political camp they put a negative spin on everything you say or do. They can be your greatest opponent if you let them. Mainstream American media has never liked Sarah Palin. She is too honest, open and down to earth for them.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  31. Daniel Duke

    The best answer is that like the "ditto-heads" that Rush Limbaugh and his ilk corral, Sara Palin wants to be with only those who will not think too deeply about what she says. She speaks in sound bites and cannot delve deeply into issues. When did it become vogue to be ignorant? This country cannot survive another special needs president.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  32. Michael

    Simple – every time she opens her mouth she sounds like an idiot. The only fools who seem to take her seriously are the racist tea party lunatics. She can be head of their cult – who wants to hear her nonsense anyway?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  33. Chase

    Because she does not want everyone to know she is the missing person from the "Who's on first" comedy act.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  34. Tam

    Let's hope most Americans who formerly thought positively about her are now smartening up re this inept unqualified person. It looks like it. She's lovely to look at. Watching her and trying to comprehend what she's saying is entertaining and baffling. Total incoherence.

    What also baffles me is her supporters, so conservative that they would not permit any other female to even come close to running for any office, and yet they are so taken with her. Do they even understand her? Does anyone? Maybe publishing and posting her "speeches" verbatim all over the place will show just what a nonsensical non-entity she is.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  35. Frank Brindel

    She wants exposure, without the exposure.
    Kind of like a Spray on Tan.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  36. Pat

    I don't agree with her on may things but I can't blame her for being a little timid. Maybe she feels like the media distorts her message. Just look at the tone of your question.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  37. Ed

    Because watching Sesame Street into her 40's can only carry you so far. As dumb as this woman is, makes you wonder what level of intellect her followers truly have. Her Tea Baggers cant carry a conversation without mentioning socialism, marxism or facism... but not one of them know what each word means. I doubt Ms. Media Harlett knows much about either unless Bert and Ernie can explain it to her. Hey Sarah, North is not up, South is not down and East and West does not mean left and right. Get a clue!!! Makes you wonder about McCains sense too!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  38. Kent Bott


    Perhaps it's because she has nothing to say that she hasn't already screeched ad nauseam to the Country and now she doesn't want her detractors to know she's out of ammunition and just regurgitating.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  39. Chris Sterling

    Simple. The "pit bull" does not want to be seen without her "lipstick." My guess is that Sarah, without her media "make-up" is quite ugly.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  40. Francis K. Ibara

    Sarah Palin might have good motives but don't have the quality to be President. I certainly would not vote for her However, we have a bigger problem. We have too many old people with closed minds. We need to set a 2 term limit for all Congressmen, no such thing as grandfataered in .Too many of these old timers who knows how to mauipulate the system for their advantage. We need new minds with fresh ideas.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  41. Bob in Chandler

    Good for her – one of the few public figures who understand capitalism any more. She's a private citizen making her living giving fee speeches and selling her books. She is no longer an elected politician, and doesn't owe the freeloading, agenda-biased press a darn thing. There are few real objective reporter/journalists anymore who struggle with deep rational thinking and analysis to report "the news". 95% today are just under-skilled, self-appointed attention addicts who without the Internet wouldn't be hired to report on garage sales for the community rag. They can buy a ticket like anyone else ("hey, I have a blog, I'm a member of the professional press corps, dude!).

    February 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  42. George

    No one needs to cover her speeches because we have enough to prove her incompetence already.
    Now, no more Sarah.
    Bad Jack, bad.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  43. Mary

    because every time she opens her speech she clearly shows that it was written for her by someone else and just how incompetent she really is.. you can't change that idiot.. and she's too stupid to learn to retire gracefully and get out of limelight..

    February 16, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  44. Jerry

    It seems to be a "no brainer" (pun always intended). What does not make sense is banning the media when she's speaking to the choir. The response from her audicence is the reason the "media" keeps following her.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  45. Randal from Ohio

    Jack, I drove up to a car today and next to me a guy had half a hand up his nose. He noticed me and was embarrassed. Sarah Palin's speeches are mostly like that guy. Maybe she just wants to be sure that no one will be driving up next to her.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  46. Dave

    Sarah Palin closes her speeches so those who haven't paid to hear her speak don't have the opportunity to experience buyer's remorse.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  47. christophermahlon

    Because as poor as she is at actually articulating coherent policy she's aware of the way she looks to the rest of the country. She's managing her press as much as possible so that only good things that she can control are covered. She knows that the more people actually hear her speak the less they like her, and part of this is you in the media's fault for not getting her out in public candidly.

    Chris, Des Moines, IA

    February 16, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  48. matt

    She does not want reporters at her speeches for the same reasons she did not want Americans to watch her accurately spoofed on Saturday Night Live.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  49. cg3001

    Cause Sarah Palin is incompetent, uneducated, and clearly wants to hide this from main stream media. Simple..every time she gets in front of the camera she screws up because she has NO clue what she is talking about. Republicans AND Democrats both think she is a nut, but the masses love her cause entertaining, no more then Paris Hilton is. As they say in Hollywood when you make a movie to appeal to the mass’s make sure it made for a 13 year old mentality thus she appeals to the masses in this way.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  50. Bill

    It must be that she has gotten tired of supplying free scripts to SNL. Her time must be conducting the only recordings done then selling them to SNL.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  51. Bronsen

    She must feel that the media coverage dilutes the gains made with her supporters. Why let the very people who see through her vapid rantings have the opportunity to muddle up things with the ugly truth. Actually most anyone a little reasoning ability and a clear head can see right through her. After all Jack, just look at the polls you cited.

    Roswell, GA

    February 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  52. Janet

    She doesn't want it widely reported that she would make a better comedian-in-chief rather than a commander-in-chief.

    Dundee, OR

    February 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  53. Lee Wyman

    Palin doesn't want to have the media at her speeches because it's just so expensive to constantly have surgery to remove that foot from her mouth. Also explains the pricey tickets to go to these events.

    Lee from Fayetteville, AR

    February 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  54. Rob

    If Sarah Palin were to be elected President, is she just dumb enough to start World War III ?

    You Betcha !!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  55. PatsyD

    Sarah is keeping media away from her public speeches for the same reason she had to write her own purported beliefs in crib notes on her hand: She's afraid of being caught misspeaking on the issues again. Just more evidence that it's all a fraud, Jack–she's an empty vessel out to make a fortune. As Gertrude Stein once said of Oakland, "There is no THERE there."

    February 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  56. Samuel

    For someone that is a public figure and some day wants to be the president of this country it makes no sense that she will deny the media coverage in her speeches but then again she hates the fact that America knows she is not that smart after all.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  57. Tom

    Maybe the queen of the hockey moms is not wearing any clothes and the media is telling her so.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  58. A Legend in Her Own Mind - Seattle

    Those are probably the speeches that require her to have notes on both hands and her feet. You betcha,

    February 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  59. Kip Durocher

    It is the same as the race for president. She is not very intelligent and is prone to serious gaffs that further erode the dwindling number of peole who support her doing anything. No media means no witnesses or no for the record story of her foolishness. I do not think she has any intention to run for president. She is just in it for the money now – as much and as fast as she can get it. This is why she resigned in Alaska. Having to finish her term would not allow her to make the bucks giving speeches about nonsense.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  60. Allen in Hartwell GA

    February 16th, 2010 3:44 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Jack, this woman already has enough flubs on film to torpedo
    even the best financed campaign. Do you really think she
    wants more?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  61. Mike, Sandy, Oregon

    She is at her best when you can't see her or hear her. I'm all for it.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  62. Kirk

    So anything she has to say won't be used against her down the road. Behind closed doors she can say any hypocritical thing she wants and no one can call her on it.

    I think it is pitiful how much the public seems to be fascinated with her. If she was ugly no one would care at all. In fact, what the hell am I doing wasting time on this...I need to be working.

    Mt. Shasta, CA

    February 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  63. Charles

    Because media camera lights effect her ability to see her “hand” notes.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  64. Shinyranker

    Fear of being exposed for what she really is. Unqualified. Plain and simple. The more she opens her mouth in public, the more scrutiny she subjects herself to. She should have realized by now, that that is the nature of political public speaking. And she has got to learn that if she is going to dish it out, she's got to be able to take it.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  65. Mark Condon

    Media coverage exposes her vapidness and opens her up for legitimate criticism. Her most rabid fans don't seem to care about facts or her lack of knowledge, and will scream her name regardless of what she says. She's secure in appealing to that base and making good money doing so - why open herself up to her multitude of critics?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  66. CM

    Palin doesn't want her speeches covered by media because it won't look good! She thinks she knows the public and that she has a special connection to people, but most people know what she is and don't want too much of her!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  67. Robert Mitchell

    Dear Jack,

    The woman is obviously short on intelligence, intuition, vision, and knowledge, . . . and apparently memory capacity. She is, after all, a republican. Ms. Palin can't hide all of her shortcomings all of the time and the media shines too much light on her bimbo nature. Far safer for her to play in dimly lit surroundings where light doesn't shine.

    Bob Mitchell

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  68. Maureen

    Jack, so what else is new. She's been "handled" since McCain made the blunder of choosing her for his running mate. I haven't heard her utter a complete thought yet, that wasn't written down. Sure hope the Republicans nominater her.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  69. David from Herndon, VA

    Because there's no there there.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  70. Ken in Mt

    because she is smart enough to not make stupid coments in public. She still makes them but this way it isn't on tape

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  71. Rosebud

    Palin's fear of the media spot light and public ridicule demonstrates her insecurity as a potential leader. Palin is only capable of posting her messages through the filters of social media, and now... via arm-tied journalism. She would make a Hugo Chavez proud.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  72. CJackson

    Well it's obvious don't you think? Perhaps her logic is that if they (the media) can't record what she says in any way, then they won't have anything to back up their criticisms of her. She's still a dimwit and why anyone would pay money to hear her speak is beyond me, unless they are going for sheer entertainment value and a good laugh. She never was, nor will be, qualified to be President.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  73. Jason from Albuquerque

    She gets enough press coverage from the media trying to keep her down. Why should she open everything to media all the time? She doesn't need more press to keep her name in the buzz. But hey, if you want to cover her as much as the President, maybe that's foreshadowing.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  74. Evan Gilchrest

    Palin doesn't want the media at (most) of her events because she gives the same exact speech over and over. She's CLEARLY looking out for the media and doesn't want you wasting valuable film.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  75. Aaron

    Sarah has no appeal, nor any redeeming qualities, to anyone but her hard-core supporters. So, why bother?

    Los Angeles, Ca

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  76. rob

    Jack she doen't want the media at her speeches because she is so insecure now about the way America sees her she doesn't want to "ruin" her reputation as much as she already has. No one does it better than she does! She only wants the base Republicans to hear her because they are the only people stupid enough to listen to her!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  77. Winston

    Can you say leftwing bias? That’s why. Every attempt is made by those in the leftwing media to attack Sara Palin and diminish her. She writes 7 words on her hand and you guys go nuts, Obama (reading from the teleprompter) pronounces corps (he pronounced the “ps”) wrong 3 times in one speech and no mention in the lamestreet media. If Bush or Palin had done this you guys would have attacked like pit bulls implying stupidity, but Obama is still the “smart one” according to the lamestreeters. “71% say Palin isn’t qualified”…well 53% thought Obama was qualified and look how that has turned out. The man was a good campaigner and IS a horrible executive. Many of us said five minutes in the Senate and never anything but a community agitator is not a good resume for a successful executive. Palin is eminently more qualified then Obama

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  78. Heather Columbus

    Because the media are a critical component of accountability. Sarah Palin is above being held accountable, at least in her own opinion.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  79. Steve Cagle

    She would probably prefer not to have the media there since she knows they'll cherry-pick something out of context and blast it out with commentary about what a "nut job" she is. Depending on whether the media likes or dislikes someone affects the way they are portrayed.

    Media covers for those they like or don't want to see fail. Biden runs at least 100 gph (gaffs per hour), but we rarely hear about them. If Palin flubs a line, misstates something, or says something innocent but could be taken wrong, it gets airplay.

    So what if Palin wrote crib notes on her hand. I've done it when I didn't have paper handy. Anyone who speaks in public has used note cards. Obama can't speak without a TelePrompter and famously "fell apart" while speaking it failed.

    FYI, I wouldn't vote for Palin to be POTUS on a dare, but she is a good speaker, raises valid points and speaks out for a lot of really upset and worried people. Ignore her and her message at your own peril.

    Indianapolis, IN

    February 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  80. Tom Joad - Oklahoma

    LOL... you're kidding right?

    Because she doesn't want to be the laughing stock
    of the nation. Oops, too late.

    I'm starting to believe she banned books.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  81. Frank Mondana

    She is desperately trying to get a decent image together. The media bans are nothing more than an attempt to do lots of dress rehearsal.

    Seems though that the VP candidate spot should have given her lots of opportunity to hone her image and message.
    She did tear it up at the convention but she probably went over that speech 200 times (if not more). She failed once her appearances required to go "off-script".

    If she hasn't figured it out yet then she is as dumb as a rock. Unless her appearances are carefully and thoroughly prepared, her speeches are mind numbingly bad.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  82. Kel Jackson


    It's obvious. She knows this country doesn't take her seriously and doesn't want to risk any more comedy-gold slip-ups on national television for all to see!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  83. Randy Shumaker

    This is great! Now maybe I can set through a CNN program without hearing her name come up. Most people like watching her for the same reasons they watch a NASCAR...just waiting for the wheels to come off.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  84. Dave

    I think this ban on media is part of her appeal to the tea party masses. By doing this, she helps reinforce the hatreds and anger that keeps this group together.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  85. Alec in DC

    If she thinks the news media is too liberal, then that probably means she thinks one camera is just another chance for her political career to take a shot.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  86. R. Brown

    HMMM! Jack maybe this time she will use a palmpilot instead of her palm.
    She really is a joke.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  87. Ivan Tessman

    Sara Palin in my opinion is just as qualified as the peanut man,
    Jimmy, who was not even a politician. All the news Medea does is make fun of her, she is a down to earth person. Most people in Washington are out of reach with the American people.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  88. Floyd Lewis

    It's obvious that Palin doesn't want the world to see how stupid she really is. It is frightening that so many people actually believe she is quailified to be president. I have heard intelligent, thoughtful people in the news media refer to her as" fascinating" and "attractive." This kind of talk does a disservice to the American Public, most of whom are not engaged in politics and thrive on soundbites. Use of words like "attractive" and "fascinating" may tend to make her appear like a legitimate candidate to the members of the Public who don't follow politcs regularly.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  89. Mr Deef

    There is an irony for her – she is damned if she does, damned if she doesn't. She should do us all a favor and do the one that doesn't damn us all. She probably saw the "Blues Brothers" and thinks, like them, she is "on a mission from God."

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  90. mrl2

    Why would she want the lamestream media and CNN covering her. She is making millions upon millions without the leftwing media. My bet is that she has zero aspirations to be President, but the mere mention of it antagonizes the left and excites the Tea Party folk, both equals tons of cash. If she doesn't even run, she will have the last laugh.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  91. Roy - Chicago

    Hi Jack, remember how President Bush barely, if ever, held press conferences? Sarah Palin has the same fear and condescending attitude towards the press (she reads it 'the horrible LIBERAL against me press'), and as such has chosen to bar any press coverage of her so-called 'public' speeches out of fear that the 'other' 30% of this country will see her for what she is....an inept ex-politician who spends her time railing against the current politicians. Expect the same if she ever does get back to a public office in this country....and pray if she does.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  92. Rick - Ex Marine, Liberal

    So how many people will leak the info anyway? This woman has no understanding of the press or history if she believes in cover ups...whether proactive or reactive.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  93. carmine

    Maybe Palin should close her mouth as much as she closes her speeches. She's like the ugly sister avoiding the camera. If only the rest of her supporters could realize what she apparently has: she has nothing noteworthy to offer. Beautiful Santa Fe NM

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  94. Ben Brown Jr.

    The reason Palin does not want the media present is an irony in of itself. She has a degree in JOURNALISM. Wow, would that not make her PART of the media elite?
    She does such of poor job of representing her craft that it is easy for more qualified journalists to pick apart everything she says and does, regardless of party affiliation.
    As someone who has worked for newspapers, magazines and is a pro-bono freelance graphic designer for charity, she is a disgrace to our profession, plain and simple. Maybe she should have considered TV/VCR repair as her educational option.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  95. Rosita

    It's amazing how MSM attacks Palin for every little thing she does or says....why don't you pay attention to and report how Obama is plunging in the polls, cannot talk without a teleprompter, had majority in Congress but could not move healthcare, Dems are jumping a sinking ship etc etc etc. The vile attacks on Palin tell me you are "afraid" of her power....and well you should be.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  96. Carl

    Jack, don't worry. She's getting enough on the record minutes on Fox News. Every minute of babbling nonsense in broken English committed to video puts her another mile away from the White House.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  97. terry maine

    Perhaps its so we cant see her use her "palm" pilot

    February 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  98. Mike

    Jack – Sarah Palin captured the attention of many because she showed the promise of being off the hook. In other words, folks are so desperate to have a politician who appears not to have the same blah, blah blah soundbites. Americans love "Kook's" - Sarah is right up there with H. Ross Perot and maybe even Barry Goldwater.

    Alas, MS Palin's rants and statements are akin to a beauty queen's takes on complicated issues that cannot be prepared for by playing with Barbie Dolls.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  99. Michael Roepke - Dallas, TX

    Sarah Palin suffers from an unusual form of verbal Tourette syndrome whereas her mouth takes over without the least bit of engagement with her brain. Seriously Jack, would you want thart sort of thing on film?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  100. JC

    Winston, You and othesr keep saying how did things turn out under Obama! Here's your answer. He took over a failing banking system and turned it around. He has kept us safe no terrorist attackes. My taxes have not gone up has yours? Foreclosures have slowed and I still have a job. For those of you with no jobs go out and create one and stop your whinning. And I don't have the big bad boogeyman you call socialist taking over my life. Your answer. Pretty Good Pretty Good that's how it's workimg fout or me!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  101. James

    The speeches are closed to the media because even her handlers know she is a dunce. It is unbelievable that any intelligent human being would give this media clown the time of day. I am not afraid of the Sarah Palin's, the Bill O'reilly's, the Glenn Becks, the Hannity's and Limboughs, rather I am freightened to death by how stupid we are as a country and the credence some give to these divisive "entertainers"...and that is all they are.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  102. Jerry

    Come on Jack surely you understand supply and demand. By telling the media you can't cover her you guys go crazy wanting to cover her.
    She is playing you guys like a fiddle.

    Jerry from Danville, IL

    February 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  103. Dean Williams


    I suspect Sarah Palin bars the media from appearances for the same reason Pres. Obama won't have traditional press conferences, the chance of inadvertently giving the other side ammunition outweighs the benefit .

    Dean Williams
    Crestview, Fl

    February 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  104. Joe

    Because the left liberal media is unqualified to report correct news. It is unfair and unbalanced. Everyone knows that for Pete's sake. Thats also why the left unqualified democrats are gonna get kicked out of office, and why their liberal media buddies are going along with them. Get real, left media is out. She needs qualified media to cover her speeches. America is a conservative country. The sleeping giant is waking up.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  105. Carl

    Oh yeah...she's probably only got one speech and that was already recorded in Nashville. Doubt we're missing a thing.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  106. LacrosseSon

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

    Are you serious, Jack? Because the left-leaning media–of which you're part–will never give her a fair shake. You're too busy making jokes about her instead of listening to what's she saying.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  107. Eric

    "Plus a whopping 71 percent say Obama is not qualified to be president – that includes more than half of Republicans. Only a quarter think he is qualified to sit in the Oval Office. Wonder who those people are?"

    Shoe still fits...

    February 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  108. Michael from Ft. Worth, TX

    Maybe the real solution is for Palin to buy a Big Chief notebook and a large box of crayons to hand out her press releases and to also get her message to the voters. She certainly has the intelligence and IQ to use them properly.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  109. Mohamed Z. Rahaman

    No media should attend and no media should report a word of what Sarah palin or for that matter what anyone says or do at those events. The media should treat it as a non-event.
    Once Sarah Palin is ignored by the media, she will then complain about the press ignoring her and will come crawling back for attention.

    The only way to stop this woman is to totally ignore her.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  110. Gabriel Barkin

    Palin is trying to have it both ways. She wants fame and attention and power, but she thinks she can have that without the public and media scrutiny ("fair & balanced" or otherwise) that comes along with such trappings. She thinks she can be marketed like an iPad (New! Mysterious! Think different!) and the votes will just fly off the shelves.

    But even the iPad has to stand up to reviews, and I hope Americans remember that those in the public sphere in our democracy have an obligation to allow themselves to be questioned and criticized. As it stands, I have a lot more faith in Steve Jobs' ability to improve the iPad based on bad reviews than I do in Sarah Palin's ability to improve her leadership skills based on a few highly paid speeches and book tours.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  111. Michael Haynes

    The media has created this two-headed monster. The blind support for Obama and his historic run to the Whitehouse, and now his stint in the Whitehouse, has the media so afraid to say anything negative about Obama. Everytime someone has stepped up to criticize Obama or his policies, they are crucified by the media and calls of rasicm are heard all over. So rather than addressing his flaws and speech errors, they attack anyone and everyone else in the media.

    Palin has some good points and some bad ones. The problem is that most of the people who have an unfavorable opinion of Palin have never taken the time to learn anything about her and base their opinions on the negatives they have heard in the media.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  112. Carl

    Jack, I agree with Sarah!! But only on this issue. The press should stop covering her entirely. Her 15 minutes are over.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  113. Aaron, Owings Mills, MD

    Sarah Palin is now afraid of the media after she made a fool of her self and botched two prime interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson during her 2008 vice presidential candicacy with John McCain for 2008 Presidential Campaign. In a way, this situation is a good one since it will prevent Palin from ever effectively running for any higher public office in the future and thus, the nation will be spared the pain and agony of having to be subjected to the rule of another idiotic and incompetant political leader. Palin should understand that successful political leaders must respect the free press and must respect transparency and public accountability. But she does not and she was a journalist !! This is Amazing!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  114. Les

    Palin pretends to have core beliefs. However, she only says what her audience wants to hear in order to get what she wants (money, political support, etc.). This causes Palin to constantly contradict herself. If the media covered most of her speeches, she would be exposed for what she really is...a fraud.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  115. J E Friedman

    I don't think it's a mystery....she wants total control and she can't control the media. .

    February 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  116. Barbara - Warmer Robins, GA

    A speech from a presidential wannabe that requires a purchased ticket to be heard is definitely oxymoronic. Traditionally, candidates seem to always be on a soap box. I'm reminded of the old puzzle about a tree falling in the middle of the forest without a sound because no one was there to hear it. We should be so lucky with Palin!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  117. Mark

    If the media is there, we will know what she has to say, and that's not good.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  118. RH from Wisconsin


    Who really cares?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  119. Anna - KCMO

    Hundred dollar tickets invite only those who love her enough to shell out that kind of dough.
    Perhaps she is trying to convey some controvertial message to only those, her most devoted fans. Not having any ANY sort of record allows for deniability.
    Or maybe she's taking the approach of the NFL and keeping a tight hold on her enterprise. Wanna hear her ramblings, be prepared to pay for the opportunity.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  120. Bev

    She knows she doesn't have what it takes to be President and is trying to bluff her way through. Give her enough rope and she will hang herself. If the party of NO gets in office, they will have smaller government by cutting our social security, medicare, public aid, and there will be no healthcare. There will be tax cuts for the rich though.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  121. John

    She's one hot chick making plenty of money from her idiot supporters and she's laughing all the way to the bank.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  122. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Welcome back, Jack!
    Actually Sarah is not as dumb as I thought she was. She actually knows she is a snake oil salesman, a liar, and a mean spirited woman and she knows that we "the elite" are on to her. I think the perfect description of the 1/2 term governor is Hypocrite!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  123. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin doesn't want to come out and play with the news media anymore until you kiss and makeup with her. When the news media does that Palin will be yor BFF.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  124. Stewart in OR

    Simple – easy to look at, but, really, really hard to listen to.......I'm embarrassed for the people following her.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  125. Carolyn Hagon

    Obviously – she will be writing a lot of prompts on the palms of her hands and doesn't want any more embarrassing pictures of her unique approach to speech giving. Those nasty Liberal press dogs just don't understand!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  126. Sonia Prince in Nashua NH

    She can deliver a speech, but it doesn't have any substance. She's slowly realizing that the country is starting to notice. Like W. Bush who stumbled every time someone asked him a question, she is not capable of answering simple questions about her core beliefs without a cheat sheet. When the questions/answers period begins, she can't remember what she believes in, doesn't understand what she's criticizing, nor is she capable of explaining what values she represents. Her latest comment "He (Obama) should use the war card on Iran" is just committing suicide for her intelligence. Does she know that they have a very capable military force, like many other capable nations around the world? Or did she get confused again and think it was Iraq?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  127. Shirley A Wilcox

    You ask the question "why does Sarah Palin not want news coverage while she is paid and sent around the country for exposure"? Actually I believe she is being paid by the religious right and the so-called "T Party". Does this sound like Gingrich since he crawled out from under the rock in the last election? Scared me to death that he was back and pretending to be a moderate. But I digress.
    The reason is most clearly: 1. Palin is funnin so the people do not belive she wants the news media around; 2. The sensitive lady bull dog does not allow constructive criticism especially from the people below her stature; and 3. She does not want anyone to know that she is being fed words/personality as a puppet of the male Republican right. I SAY FOLLOW THE MONEY.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  128. Tom H

    It's sooo fun to read all the comments of the Obamaites! Sarah is making money, getting paid practice as it were, and why should she open herself to additional criticism by giving the obviously liberal press a free ride. Get over it. Report on some real news.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  129. Debbie

    Palin was caught showing her incompetence and her speeches are nothing but condescending with put down one liners. Writing on the hand and high school peer bashing are immature behaviors, not one of a intellectual politician vying for the White House. Do her children help her come up with these lines . . . grow up!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  130. Monica

    Wink, wink! Trying to follow one of Palin's speeches is painfully taxing. She continuously contradicts herself and doesn't talk about any issues that are important. She rambles on and on and on. Seems the only thing she's good at is ridicule. Maybe the media wouldn't be so harsh on her if she would make sense, talk about what's important and stop bashing the president. Let's face it....she doesn't want us to hear what she has to say because she is a hypocrite, she's hateful and tries to incite hate and anger in people. I think she's dangerous, she lacks intelligence, lacks the will to unify the country and hey, what happened to her calling for transparency? Just not for her speeches I guess. This gal needs to go away. And for those who criticize President Obama for using a teleprompter – what president hasn't?? You betcha!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  131. Mark In Chicago

    She wants to slip just below the level of wider public perception while maintaining a presence with the activist base in th hopes of painting herself as the darkhorse, independently minded, Washington outsider in 2012. Given the short political memory of the electorate, it could actually work. Sad, that.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  132. John P.


    If every time you let someone stay at your house, your stuff winds up missing, pretty soon you stop letting that person stay at your house. Maybe if the media would do a fair and ballanced report on her every once in a while, she would be more open to letting them into her speeches.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  133. Lewis Adams

    Simple: The woman is great at dishing dirt, but can't duck fast enough when the dirt is thrown back. Frankly, I don't see why should would want to run for Presidents. Presidents are scrutinized continuously in this 24-hour news cycle. If she can't stand it now, she'd crumble in the White House. Personally – I see her as a worthless politician. She's more of a motivational speaker? Why do I say that? Motivational speakers are great at rousing the crowd and then quickly leaving the stage before anyone can ask questions. Ha!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  134. Wilson James

    Ms. Palin is not Presidential timbre. She has not a constituency outside of the radical right that determines primary politics. She is confusing, hypocritical and has never given a policy or alternative to anything her perceived opponents offer up. This sort of Republican is why millions of us are now Independents.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  135. Brandon in Alaska

    As long as she can keep her content in check, this is a good way for her to make her speeches with much less opportunity for criticism. Palin tends to make an ass of herself when giving live performances. This strategy allows her to deliver her almost directly as written, published articles.

    -Brandon in Anchorage

    February 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm |

    I have watched several of her speeches, my guess is that the reason why she won't allow the media to cover some of her speeches is because she is not very accurate with the information that she references. Such a pity....

    Culver City, California

    February 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  137. Ditch the B!itch!!!

    She's closing GOP speeches because it pays more than being Alaska's governor. Basically because she's in it for herself.
    She's restricting coverage because she doesn't want any more people to find out she's a complete idiot and a low information hack.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  138. Markel Houston

    Damage Control

    February 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  139. Pete Cottrell

    Whats with this woman? Ok. peolple lover her because she bashes Obama? She's clearly doing speeches for the money. I mean really Palin for Pres.? Doesn't say much for the Tea Party either. The Rep. party if this is your ace in the hole I wouldn't count on it. Th American public's memories are not that short. Palin's a joke, get real!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  140. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Remember when the left-wing media claimed Bush was receiving radio communications during his debates? Remember how their "proof" was a bulge in the back of his suit, which turned out just to be the cut of the suit?
    That's why, Jack. That's why.

    The sad fact is TV news shows have never been more biased than they are now, including yours. Is it really any wonder why she doesn't want to be overexposed in this kind of atmosphere?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  141. Ron, Kansas City

    This lady is purely entertainment, not politics. As this fact becomes more apparent daily, even to her admirers, any perceived political luster will begin to fade. You have got to admit, she is funny! Watch out Leno or you'll loose your slot.....again!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  142. Randy Shumaker

    My bet is that FOX will be the only network given permission to cover this poor soul. FOX will be able to translate to the right wingers what she really means without having public sound bites to prove what she really said.
    Palin is not smart enough to compete against any reasonable contender from the left...she has to have FOX as a sponsor to spin her into a favorable light. No FOX...game over. Let's just wait and see.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  143. riograd

    She bans recording speeches because she can get paid to give the same speech multiple times. More power to her - don't give a sucker an even chance - the suckers being people who pay to listen to her simple minded generalities and zingers (from her paid speech writers).

    February 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  144. Troy R.

    Don't worry folks. Someone will record the speeches anyway (at least audio-only). Her hillarious Palin-isms will still make it onto the Internet and into media coverage. She will still play professional victim afterward, and we will still have a good laugh at her expense.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  145. RJ

    Because we'll all see again how that Dopey and Derangey thing is simply working for yer dollars.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  146. Ronnie Harper

    The reason she doesn't want the media to cover her appearances is because she has a head full of rocks.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  147. Kevin

    She wants the money from the events but she doesn't want her ego bruised by the coverage of her gaffes. And I may be wrong about this, but don't candidates get to keep their campaign contributions if they pull out of an election... she can get her 25 percent of the American people to donate cash, pull out of the race and keep the money... then she can go back to the "public speaking" gigs... She, like every other egotistical politician, is working the system to make money.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  148. Brandon

    Its simple, she would have to write more notes and actually prepare. You also only have two hands...so not enough space to write the answers to easy questions, I.E. Do you believe in god...as palin looks down, ohhh well of course I do im american!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  149. Chris

    If Palin were President, the State of the Union speech would be on Pay-Per View.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  150. Nader

    It's because the cameras will show her looking at her palm again. She has no knowledge of broad based issues and just reads off of papers the speech writers write for her. But if she were to sit down and were asked tough, penetrating questions, then she would NOT no how to answer them. She obviously wants to bring back Bush policies. She supported President Bush's economic policies and the Bush doctrine (even though she didn't know what it was when Charlie Gibson asked her). Noboby will vote for her if she runs in 2012. I don't think she's even relevant to talk about in the news Jack!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  151. Rhonda Tennessee

    Sarah does not want the rest of the public to hear the lies and hateful anti-american gibberish she has coming from her lip-sticked poisonous mouth. She does not love her country. She is only out for herself, and has nothing but anger and contempt for the rest of the country. No wonder the equally angry tea-baggers love her so.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  152. Trip Ross

    When your plan is world domination, it's always best to advise your followers behind closed doors.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  153. Jean

    Because she's dumb as a bag of hair. On the one hand, she wants positive press by the news media and on the other she won't allow them to cover her so reports of how stupid she is won't be reported. She is so full of Hubris she literally makes me sick. If she any any sense at all, she would have thanks but no thanks when Mccain offered her the vp slot. She knew better than anybody that was not qualified to be vice-president.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  154. Howard Gorney

    What was it that Mark Twain said? It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. Sarah removed all doubt long ago.
    Next to her, Dan Quayle could qualify for Mensa.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  155. Vyas

    Obviously because she is treating this as Toastmasters!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  156. diane, TN

    If the media is not there, they will only be able to report what the people who attend have to say about the speech. SInce they all support this numbskull, they'll say it was great. Then the media will report it was great, and pretty soon everyone will believe it WAS great. That's the Rep strategy–repeat a lie often enough, and pretty soon everyone will believe it.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  157. Jerry Goldfarb

    Instead of the "Emporer's clothes" think "ex-Governor's intellect" both of which never existed. Like the clothes of the Emporer, her intellect can only be seen by those afraid to admit there's nothing there! Jack, maybe you can be that little boy that shouts . . "Hey, there's no substance – only air!"

    Deerfield Beach, FL

    February 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  158. Charles

    Why should she? The media has called her vile things and who cares about a media that has it's own liberal agenda? Plus, the MSM is just another extension of the Obama administration and is not the jourlanlistic institutution it used to be. Now it is just a water carrier for the libs proganda machine. Plus, the MSM is only covering for the 20% of Americans who are liberals...the rest of the country is not watching the MSM anyways....check their ratings. They are not watching...they watch elsewhere. MSM is airing nothing but dead air.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  159. Mary

    Sarah knows that her followers understand and the others never will! President Obama can't give a 5 minute speech ( which someone else writes!) without teleprompters but Sarah is a fraud for using a cheat sheet on her hand????? Let's see the President give a 20 minute speech with just a dozen words on HIS HAND and no teleprompter, then we will see who has talent and brains. Anyone can read a speech written by someone else if a teleprompter is involved. Let's see him give one from the heart!

    Dyersville, Iowa

    February 16, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  160. Marcella

    palin is ashamed of herself because what she says makes no sense,and she knows the media will bring out her nonsense talk.i really pitty her cos she wants to be what she is not

    Atlanta GA

    February 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  161. Brian

    Sarah Palin does not take criticism very well from the media. She makes too many mistakes. She cannot pronounce names properly (i.e. "Obiden" and any Arab name or country in the news), and she doesn"t know the difference between North Korea and South Korea. The media knows any politician should be able to do this things, and thus she'll get criticised. So, she only wants to talk to those who jump and cheer for her, no matter what she says. Or even if it's true or not. As long as she's blasting Obama while saying it.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  162. Carl in Phoenix, Az.

    She wants to save her really good stuff for when she joins Fox News.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  163. Doris Cohen

    You are giving this woman too much coverage. Let her go back to Alaska and look after her family.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  164. John, Concord NH.

    Put it this way Jack, If Sarah Palin was blessed with the beauty equal to,lets say, a Janet Reno or maybe a Linda Tripp nobody and I mean NOBODY could or would remember her name much beyond November 20, 2008, media included! Have a nice day!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  165. Tony in Edmonton

    Because we would all find out that her speechwriters are Big Bird,grover and cookier monster.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  166. Gary

    She's on the entertainment circuit now and probably has only a few songs to sing. If the news media plays all of her songs, she's unlikely to bring in the crowds and the money for speeches, ghost-written books, and so on. She can play to the audience..and give them the songs they want to hear. Played over and over again on TV and the songs sound hokey pokey as she might put it, and a teensy-weensy bit paranoid and even anti-American.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  167. Frank McClintock

    Sarah Palin is seems to be able to manipulate the media into covering her even when her organization bans any media attendance. If she is seriously considering running for president she could be a candidate that big money groups and corporations could use as a figurehead to continue to dominate this country. Sarah would be a willing puppet to national and international corporations.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  168. RJ

    Because her speechwriter / book writer / tweeter hasn't written her a new speech yet.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  169. Em

    Because she knows from experience that she will not be treated fairly.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  170. Melissa

    Sarah Palin should just stick writing gibberish notes on Facebook like the rest of the kids.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  171. Michael Egorho

    Hi Jack,
    It's because she never opens her mouth without "subtracting from the sum of human Knowledge".

    February 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  172. Notabagger

    Sarah is an idiot, pure and simple. Tape recorders and video cameras aren't biased. Verbatim recordings are not biased. Only teabaggers could come up with that sort of logic. I have faith that someone, with more brains than a teabagger, will manage to get a recording of it.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  173. Nadine

    Palin supporters are just hoodwink and they will believe whatever, when ever, and where ever!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  174. Evan

    She's about as useful as a hernia.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  175. Buell Connell

    Jack, We Americans are pathetic. Today's entertainment has reduced
    us to such a nation of voyuers we can't live without reality shows anymore.Sarah Palin's impression of SUPER WOMAN, with her daring exploits and verbal gaffs, merely provide us with another
    avenue to satisfy our lust. We can't wait to catch the next episode of
    Sarah's " Great Political Train Wreck ". Is it little wonder that politics
    has become a discusting cess pool ? But, she is nice to look at
    right ? Otherwise, why watch ?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  176. Brian D. Jones

    She is a darling of the religious right, and if you look into her church's activities over the years, some of the practices are disturbing–witch-hunting, speaking in tongues, etc.. She was the only VP candidate Pro-Life and anti-Gay marriage enough for the likes of James Dobson (head of Focus on the Family)and other evangelicals, and she may be uncomfortable exposing these proclivities/positions to the general public and media–as if her image could get any worse with even the semi-literate! The very idea that her speeches are somehow "intellectual property" for which one must purchase an admission ticket is the height of self-inflation on her part.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  177. bobbie

    Because she's on idiot!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  178. Salty Dog

    It all boils down to DOLLAR$ (more of it) and Sense (lack of it)!!!

    She's raking-in all the Dollar$ with all of those speaking engagements, while she still does not make any SENSE in any of the the speeches she delivers.

    We need a new Republican Leader.

    From an Ex-alaskan Republican!!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  179. Will New York

    She's not confident her ignorance of national issues won't be spotted when she's placed under scrutiny. She might be smart enough to be an Alaska politician, but politics in places like that is more about style than substance. She's like a good used car salesman. But don't prod too deeply into that brain because there's about 1 layer of depth.

    Also it goes with her theme of "the liberal mainstream media hate me".

    February 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  180. Kay

    Just think for a moment ....that someone who could have been vice-president of the United States is afraid of the media. She is responsible for what comes out of her mouth and it is high time she accepts that responsibility. She is a very sad commentary on the state of politics today.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  181. David

    Game, set and match to the liberal attack machine – of which I am proudly a part. Now the only people that Palin can spread her message to are the morons who either (a) pay to hear her speak, (b) watch Fox News, (c) buy 'her' book or (d) attend Tea Party rallies. Now we just need her to win the Republican nomination to ensure Obama 2012!!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  182. Dr. SMith

    You in the media just don't get it. With Palin it is all about the money. That is the only thing she cares about. She would run for dog catcher if they paid her $100,000.00 for a speech. She'll run for president for the money she can keep. My tax money.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  183. Barbara

    If Sarah Palin wanted me to take her seriously she would have used the time between when she tanked John McCain's campaigne and when she expects to be nominated for President going back to school for either a law degree or a political science degree.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  184. notfooledbydistractions

    Because it's one thing to be thought of as a fool, and another to open your mouth and prove it.

    She doesn't want to be exposed nationally as a fraud, dimwit, hypocrit, etc. again.

    Why can't the media heed the latest polling that shows that 71% of the country doesn't think she's qualified and stop covering this woman? Enough already. I don't care how much the right props her up, she's not destined for national office.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  185. Nick

    Sarah is the perfect Republican, she can talk for hours without saying anything. Her speeches like the Republicans ideas are the same old thing said over and over again. Hey let’s cut taxes… oh wait that doesn’t work. Let try trickle down economics…oh wait that doesn’t work. I know let’s cut taxes and try trickle down economies together. Lets support wall street and screw main street since wall street fills our pockets with cash. Lets come up with good ideas and then not vote for them because Obama likes them?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  186. Janey in Nashville

    Sarah is fun to hate. I guess she must be fun to like too, though that's hard to understand. Maybe just stirring the pot is fun for some to watch.
    Stirring the pot may make good news stories, but a leader needs more. Her kind of negativity doesn't go far in the long run. She's just going to get rich off it.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  187. Steve

    I was told she wasn't running. Could that be it?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  188. harold, Phoenix,AZ.

    Only Sarah knows. Rather than criticize the simplistic solutions she offers for extremely complex problems, let us hope she shares this wisdom with someone. I am waiting!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  189. George

    She does not want any coverage from "the liberal media" because coverage makes her look stupid. I mean, has she ever said anything that makes sense? By keeping it private, she can stay on tour and cash in the bucks. That's pathetic. I hope the Palin fad goes away soon.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  190. Bad Dog

    To be respectful, I think it is called the Teabag Party not the the Tea Party. They do not want the idea spread around that they believe in loose-leaf tea or some of that foreign weird tea. These are people who believe very much in the regular, normal teabag that you can buy at the supermarket. Please call them the Teabag Party from now on.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  191. Jeff

    Hey Palin; how's that "handsy-notesy" thing workin' out for ya?

    February 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  192. Bill

    Maybe she thinks this is the best way to 'practice' without everyone seeing her make a fool of herself.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  193. Rick in alabama

    anyone in the world that has listened to her speak knows exactly why they don't want coverage of her speeches.. duh

    February 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  194. Jim in Denver

    Why even discuss Palin, let's talk about the capture of the #2 guy in the Taliban. That will have a bigger impact on our lives then Mrs. Quitter harping on the media about her being uniquely UNQUALIFIED to be President or Vice President. If she stands up in front of an audience and has to read off her palm then what does that say about her and her abilities. At least be professional and write the words on a 3×5 card.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  195. Brett M

    Hopefully she is finally realizing she is completely out of her element. She's not necessarily an idiot, but is getting way too involved in things that she does not really understand.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  196. Pauline

    she is a jokeand I do hope the people will not let this joke anywhere near the Whitehouse!!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  197. Dee

    Palin is a manufactured personality. Don't the Republicans have anyone better than this? All she does is criticize Obama without any substantive solutions of her own – all just for the sake of keeping her dumb image in our faces till she can run in the next election. How did she get this far? I do NOT want a soccer mom for my president and she is uneducated, unworldly and plumb dumb!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  198. Frank

    This is a naive notion that she can hide what she says. Good golly, send the Inquirer boys and they'll get the scoop. She seems a bit paranoid for a public person.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  199. Marcus L

    She even did the same when she spoke in Hong Kong. No member of the media was allowed anywhere near her speech there. The woman is a dimwit.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  200. Mike G


    Its pretty obvious – she’s clueless! I mean really, who has to write “lift American Spirits” on their hand to remember it? That alone speaks volumes of this woman. She plays to a base that does nothing but complain about the government – while living on welfare. She does nothing but widen the divide in this county!

    February 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  201. Tim

    Why all the hatred? She's actually really inspirational and someone I want to hear more from. No, I'm not a tea party Republican. I'm an independent and really like what she has to say. I also like her leadership in Alaska, at least before the election.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  202. Tammy

    The main reason may be that she doesn't want her words to come back & bite her should she decide to run for office. Personally I don't think she is interested in a JOB, she only wants to ca$h in. Why would anyone pay to hear such claptrap is beyond me. She is like a train wreck, you know you shouldn't look but you can't help yourself.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  203. Liberal wing nut

    How come CNN doesn't ever mock Obama and his teleprompter??This is getting old try something new Cafferty.

    February 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm |