Today, Sarah Palin managed to accomplish something that many us thought would never happen. She has managed to get MSNBC and the Fox News Channel to agree.
The Palin campaign was criticized from both the left and the right for barring reporters from her meetings with meetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Colombian president Alvaro Uribe, and Former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger. Only photos and video were permitted, which as Fox’s Shushannah Walshe explained:
“This means that the Palin camp has the benefit of pictures of her shaking hands with world leaders and have that video broadcast all over the world, but there would be no risk of her having to answer even one question from a reporter at the beginning of the meetings. It is many television network’s policy, including Fox News Channel to not provide a camera if an editorial presence is not allowed in.”
Over at MSNBC, Matthew Berger reported that the campaign eventually relented and allowed a CNN pool producer to view the beginning of Palin’s meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. According to Berger, members of the press were in the room for a total of 29 seconds.