Today was Sarah Palin's big day to get real proximate with world leaders, and for reasons that should be obvious, members of the news media wanted to cover her meetings with people like Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
But as Dennis pointed out earlier, Sarah Palin does not want to get at all proximate with the press. A showdown finally occurred this afternoon when the McCain campaign changed its mind about allowing one pool camera and one pool reporter near Palin…
Today, the McCain campaign had said it would allow only one editorial person inside. Now, the campaign is saying it wants only the camera inside with no editorial presence. All of the networks are objecting. Stay tuned.
11:30 AM Update: The networks have voted to BAN any use of the photographs/video in protest.
Let us always remember this day, "Pool Protest Tuesday," in which the brave members of our fourth estate stood their ground against blatant manipulation for at least thirty minutes…
12 Noon: Word has come in that a CNN producer WILL be allowed to accompany the camera at these meetings. This issue appears to be resolved.
And resolved it was, as a lone representative from CNN was able to catch a glimpse of Sarah Palin's meeting with the Afghan president, thereby preserving for the ages this conversation about Karzai's toddler…
"What is his name?" Palin asked. "Mirwais," Karzai responded. "Mirwais, which means, 'The Light of the House.'" "Oh nice," Palin responded. "He is the only one we have," remarked Karzai.
At this point, the pool was hustled out the room and down to the hotel lobby. Pool was in the room for a grand total of 29 seconds.
Tags: Afghanistan, CNN, Hamid Karzai, Sarah Palin, United Nations