While on vacation (a cruise) I happened to run into the ship's photog in one port and struck up a conversation with him. (Cruise ships all have video departments, as they shoot video in port and on the ship and then sell DVDs at the end of the cruise.) He was from the UK and mentioned that he was allowed to shoot anywhere except Alaska. When I asked him why, he told me that it was because of Sarah Palin. Apparently she made the visa requirements so strict for foreign photogs that cruise lines have to use American shooters for Alaska cruises. Palin, you may remember, worked in local news years ago.
So you American shooters have a friend in Sarah Palin. Who knew?