RALEIGH, N.C. – The U.S. Army plans to prevent media from covering Sarah Palin's appearance at Fort Bragg, fearing the event will turn into political grandstanding against President Barack Obama, officials said Thursday.
Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum told The Associated Press that the military post's garrison commander and other Army officials had decided to keep media away from Palin's book signing, which will not include a speech.
The AP and The Fayetteville Observer were protesting the decision to ban media.
McCollum said the Army did not want the Monday event to become a platform to express political opinions "directed against the commander in chief."
"The main reason is to stop this from turning into a political platform," he said. "There are Army regulations that basically prohibit military reservations from becoming political platforms by politicians."
Answer by Anonymous at 8:01 PM on Nov. 19, 2009
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:01 PM on Nov. 19, 2009
Answer by Soniam301 at 5:10 PM on Nov. 19, 2009
I think its in bad taste to have it there so soon after the shootings. Why not move the location? They don't want it there, are afraid of the wing nuts (and that is not a reference to ALL republicans) turning it into a circus.....
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:14 PM on Nov. 19, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 5:29 PM on Nov. 19, 2009
How is it in bad taste? If you want to say it is in bad taste to do something on a military installation every time soldiers are killed, then they would never have anything going on. As military with our spouses/SO deployed we need the distraction.
Answer by Soniam301 at 5:45 PM on Nov. 19, 2009
Answer by Soniam301 at 5:48 PM on Nov. 19, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 5:48 PM on Nov. 19, 2009
keep media away from Palin's book signing, which will not include a speech.
Sooooo are they saying the MEDIA cant control themselves? Because Palin isnt going to be sp[eaking so SHE wont be the one turning into that. Or are they worried those on the base (military and their spouses) will say negative things? And what about freedom of speech and the press ect ect that usual libs are screaming about? I think this is very odd and I didnt know Ft Bragg had a shooting either. Are all the military bases shutting down ALL extra curricular things?
Answer by momof030404 at 6:02 PM on Nov. 19, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 6:05 PM on Nov. 19, 2009