But then the McCain campaign changed their collective minds and said video and still cameras only. The networks said the equivalent of "no shirt, no shoes, no service." They weren't going to cover the event at all.
In the end, the McCain campaign relented, asked the press to be their Huckleberry and allowed a CNN producer entry. The networks get their footage. The campaign gets photos and videos of Palin with a foreign dignitary.
On the surface this all seems like it could be avoided. Especially because the condensed press was in the room for a grand total of 29 seconds. Why all the drama? "It was just a miscommunication," said one Palin staffer.
Since being selected to the McCain ticket, Palin has participated in just three interviews and has yet to hold a press conference. She is scheduled to speak with Katie Couric later this week.
The fact is, Palin is the equivalent of a Pink Floyd show (minus the chemicals). They sell out every time, and so does Palin. She brings in tremendous crowds where she goes - reportedly drawing 60,000 people in Florida over the weekend.