On Dec. 7, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be at the Mall of America to sign copies of her new book. In advance of her visit, mall officials sent out a message to reporters: If you don’t speak English, stay away. The Chicago Tribune’s Mark Silva reports:
Officials at the Minnesota mega-mall this week told reporters planning to cover the Minneapolis-area stop on Palin’s Going Rogue book tour they must address the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate who resigned as governor last summer by her old title — a common honor, actually, which normally is accorded to former governors.
But the mall also was banning foreign reporters, [permitting] “only English speaking press.” That’s not a common requirement.
The mall is now apologizing for the communique, calling it “an internal miscommunication” that was “inadvertently distributed.” (“In other words, it got out,” writes Silva.) A publicist for Palin’s publisher says it’s “not the message the governor wants to send out.”
The 2008 RNC Platform said English should be the “official language in our nation.”