11/14/2013 05:17 pm ET

Reporters Covering Sarah Palin Kept In Guarded Room: Wausau Daily Herald

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A reporter covering Sarah Palin at a book signing on Thursday said that she and other members of the press were kept in a guarded room and prevented from talking to Palin and customers in the store.

Palin was at a Walmart near Wausau, Wisconsin to sign copies of her new book. Romenesko reported that Wausau Daily Herald reporter Theresa Clift was there to cover the event, and tweeted, "About 8 media members and myself now locked in a back room. We aren't allowed to talk to guests here to see Palin." She said that "the door was guarded" and the reporters "were told [they] couldn't leave."

Her updates continued:

Here in here media Walmart holding room. At least there's snacks...

— Theresa Clift (@tClift) November 14, 2013

All media will be escorted off the property after we get five minutes seeing Palin, we are told.

— Theresa Clift (@tClift) November 14, 2013

Now hearing music. Palin must be coming in soon. But again, we don't know because we are still locked in a back room.

— Theresa Clift (@tClift) November 14, 2013

Palin is in the building. Music playing. Media still locked in back room. @wausauherald

— Theresa Clift (@tClift) November 14, 2013

Wausau Daily Herald editor Mark Treinen added, "Media restrictions for @SarahPalinUSA event: Journalists told if they needed to go to bathroom, they could ask for escort."

Clift was eventually released from the room, spoke to some customers and recorded footage of Palin signing books.

(h/t Romenesko)