Palin bans reporters from meetings with leaders, then relents

NEW YORK (AP) -- A change in plans for Sarah Palin, who initially kept reporters out of her first meetings with world leaders. Those meetings are taking place today in New York, where the U.N. General Assembly is opening its session.

At first, staff members told broadcast and print reporters in the press pool that follows Palin that they wouldn't be allowed to join the still photographers and a video camera that would be taken in to photograph the meetings.

At least two news organizations, including the AP, protested, but were told that the decision wasn't open to discussion. CNN, which was supposed to provide the TV coverage, decided to pull its crew. But then, the campaign agreed to let CNN's producer in, so the camera crew decided to photograph the initial meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The media members were escorted out again after about 40 seconds.

The campaign later announced that reporters would be allowed to accompany photographers into the later sessions, with Colombia's president and with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

At that point, a campaign spokeswoman said it was all just a "miscommunication."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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