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Gov. Palin's Visit to Marietta

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

Campaign making local coverage almost impossible

I just want to give a heads-up to all of the folks interested in seeing all or some of GOP Vice Presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin's appearance in Marietta, on Sunday. Oct. 12, 2008.

WTAP got a tip about this appearance on Friday afternoon, not from the campaign but from an un-official source.

News Director Bruce Layman and others worked hard on Friday to nail down the details.

As of this moment, which is Saturday morning, Oct 11 at 9:20am, we STILL do not have most of the particulars on this visit.

WTAP did extensive, live coverage of the visits of Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton to the Mid-Ohio Valley earlier this year, and the visit by Sen. Barack Obama to Nelsonville, OH.

We would LOVE to offer full and complete coverage of Gov. Palin's visit as well in an attempt offer equal or similar coverage. 

But we have been thrown several obstacles.

First, no information to speak of now just 24 hours before the scheduled visit.

Second, we have been told that there will be only ONE TV camera allowed in to the unannounced location. That ONE camera will be a pool camera from our sister station, WSAZ, which will apparently be covering her from the time the bus trip begins in Huntington, through Gallipolis and Marietta, and on to St. Clairsville.

We will apparently NOT be allowed to cover her local appearance LIVE and we will NOT be able to shoot our own footage to bring it to you on TV or here on wtap.com in a speedy fashion.

We are hopeful that circumstances will change between now and her scheduled arrival in Marietta and we are going to work every angle to make this happen.

But I wanted to let everyone know that we are trying to offer equal coverage but are being foiled at every turn.

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