Army Allowing Media to Cover Palin Event at Fort Bragg

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The U.S. Army has reversed its position and now says it will open Sarah Palin's appearance on Fort Bragg to media despite fears the event will turn into political grandstanding against President Barack Obama.

Fort Bragg officials in a news advisory said Friday evening that any interested media will be able to attend. A day earlier, a spokesman said media would be prevented from attending so the Palin book signing would not become a political platform to express opinions "directed against the commander in chief."

The Associated Press and The Fayetteville Observer protested that ban.

The military then proposed limited media coverage but relented Friday.

Palin's visit to Fort Bragg on Monday is one of many stops on a tour promoting a new memoir.