"Hey, I got a copy of the banned list from Sarah's book signing and YOU ARE NOT ON IT!"
"I am not?"
"No just Dennis, Andree, and Me, your name is not mentioned."
And she was right. As you can see for yourself down below.
You can see this event is listed as "public", and yet they have a list of people who are not allowed to attend? And the security staff was also instructed to "coordinate with Todd" just in case we tried to enter, not as media, but as the "public".
But WHY were we not allowed to attend? And if I wasn't even on the list, WHY did I get the bum's rush by the police? (You can read Shannyn's account of this right here.)
Justin Elliot of Talking Points Memo, also wondered what the hell was going on. So he called James Hastings, the guy in charge of the arena, and asked for an explanation.
"Todd told me that a couple of individuals said they were going to come out there, and he expected them to protest," Hastings says. "He said, 'Hey, there's a guy named Griffin who will be with Zaki, and they're going to try to stir up the pot.'"
That would be Dennis Zaki, photojournalist and freelance videographer, and Jesse Griffin, a blogger whose name was added to a later version of the list than the one we posted.
"Stir up the pot"?
Dennis and I had also attended the Elmendorf book signing only about one week earlier and had been so inconspicuous that I am not sure Sarah even knew we were there. I was certainly NOT going to cause a ruckus at the one in Wasilla. I simply went there to help Dennis cover the event and get some information for a blog post. That is all.
And both Todd and Sarah knew that. This is just more of the vindictive mean girl coming out and saying "It is my party, and YOU are not invited." Which would be fine, if it was in fact a PRIVATE party. However this was advertised as a PUBLIC event, and there were no invitations required for attendance.
However apparently being critical of ex-Governor Palin is all that is required to have a Wasilla police officer escort you out of a public building, and into the chill of a December afternoon. (By the way the Palin's only rented the "Turf Court", not the whole building. So I would like to know why I was asked to leave the whole Sports Center and not just asked to leave the area the Palin's had rented? Anyone?)