Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, is interviewed by Fox News Channel journalist Greta Van Susteren during her visit to a cholera treatment centerrun by Rev. Franklin Graham's relief organization Samaritan's Purse in Cabaret, Haiti, Saturday Dec. 11, 2010. Palin arrived in Haiti as part of a brief humanitarian mission in the impoverished nation struggling to overcome post-election violence and a cholera epidemic (AP Photo)
Haiti – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin began a tightly stage-managed visit to Haiti on Saturday in which she visited cholera clinics while avoiding crowds and the press.
Palin, who traveled in part by helicopter, provided access on her tour solely to the U.S. cable network Fox News.
Graham's organization, Samaritan's Purse, refused to discuss Palin's itinerary with other media and asked Haitian and American reporters to leave its compounds, citing a "security lockdown."
"I've really enjoyed meeting this community. They are so full of joy," Palin was quoted as saying on the organization's website. "We are so fortunate in America, and we are responsible for helping those less fortunate."
Associated Press television journalists saw Palin talking with foreign aid workers. She wore cargo pants, a T-shirt and designer sunglasses on her first trip outside the United States since speaking to investors in Hong Kong last year. That speech was also closed to the media.
Palin's visit comes amid a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people and sickened more than 96,000 others.