POLITICS
10/24/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Palin At UN: Press May Boycott

The NY Times reports:

Since Senator John McCain named her as his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has faced tough questions over her foreign policy experience. In an interview earlier this month with ABC's Charlie Gibson, she also acknowledged that she had never met a head of state. Today that is about to change.

Governor Palin is in New York for the opening session of the United Nations and over the course of the next two days will meet with an array of foreign leaders and policy experts. Today she sits down with Prsident Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

On Wednesday she plans to speak with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko. She then will meet with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Politico adds that the trip may not get the kind of press Palin anticipated:

NEW YORK - Journalists, displeased with Sarah Palin's efforts to restrict their access to her, are threatening not to cover her events surrounding the United Nations conference here unless they're allowed more access.

The unfolding boycott is the latest development in a rocky relationship between Palin's handlers and the press, in which the campaign has sought to tightly control her interactions with the media.

The campaign had originally indicated that the print reporters following her campaign would be among the small group of journalists allowed to attend the so-called "pool sprays" before Palin's meetings with dignitaries on the sidelines of the U.N. meetings.