January 8th, 2009
08:03 PM ET
7 years ago

Palin takes digs at Fey, Couric

Palin had tough words for Fey and Couric.

Palin had tough words for Fey and Couric.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is credited with making Tina Fey a world-wide star and boosting Katie Couric's ratings at CBS.

But in a recent interview with conservative John Ziegler, Palin said both "exploited" her twelve-week candidacy - a fact, she said, that "says a great deal about our society.”

Fey's widely-applauded portrayal of the Alaska governor boosted SNL's ratings, while Couric’s audience grew after a series of interviews during which Palin now-famously faltered.

“I did see that Tina Fey was named entertainer of the year and Katie Couric’s ratings have risen," Palin said in the interview. "I know that a lot of people are capitalizing on, oh I don’t know, perhaps some exploiting that was done via me, my family, my administration - that’s a little bit perplexing, but it also says a great deal about our society.”

The Alaska governor was particularly upset with an SNL skit during which Fey's version of Palin said, "I believe marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers."

The line was a clear reference to Palin's 18-year-old daughter Bristol and her fiancé Levi Johnston. The two announced shortly before the GOP convention that they were expecting a baby and had plans to marry.

"The mama grizzly rises up in me, hearing things like that," she said of a skit. "Here again, cool, fine come attack me. But when you make a suggestion like that that attacks a kid, it kills me."

In the wide-ranging interview, Palin also faulted the McCain campaign for agreeing to a series of sit-downs with Couric after the first one appeared to go so poorly.

“I knew it didn’t go well the first day, and then we gave her a couple of other segments after that," she said. "And my question to the campaign was, after it didn’t go well the first day, why were we going to go back for more…going back for more was not a wise decision either.”

During one of those follow-up interviews, Palin took heat for appearing to be unable to name the newspapers or magazines she reads: "Um of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years," was the Alaska governor's response.

In the interview with Ziegler, Palin called that answer "too flippant" and suggested the question itself offended her.

“To me the question was more along the lines of, ‘Do you read, what do you guys do up there, what is it that you read?’”

"...Katie, you’re not the center of everybody’s universe," Palin added off-handedly.

Palin, who has long criticized media coverage of her campaign performance, also said she is interested to see if reporters are equally tough on Caroline Kennedy as she pursues the appointment to the likely-vacant Senate seat in New York.

“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled, and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope,” she said.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here, also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be," she also said.

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  1. FreeNLovIt

    Look, we love you, but you are not ready on day 1.

    January 8, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |

    Stop covering this idiot.

    January 8, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Proud American

    Palin your 15 minutes are up. Stop crying and be happy you got what you got. Now go home.

    January 8, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Carol

    Funny from someone who was the epitome of viciousness at the Rublican convention.

    January 8, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Have Mercy

    This is all JOHN McCain's fault.

    January 8, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. ugh

    Whenever Palin opens her mouth, all I hear is "It's not fair! It's not it's not it's not!"

    January 8, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. MWA

    Again, it's all about her. Maybe she could take credit for other things, too, like the war in Iraq...right. Takes two to tango, but takes her to be stupid about it.

    January 8, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. kristi

    Why won't she go away?????

    January 8, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Karen - Missouri

    I see Palin is still as stupid as ever. What a WHINER!

    January 8, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Max

    Why won't she stop talking?

    On a side note, her daughter still isn't married and I'de be suprised if she married that kid ever.

    SNL took advantage of you? HOW SHOCKING!!!!

    January 8, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. MorningStar

    Sweetee, get over it. What goes around comes around!

    January 8, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Sarah Palin rocks!

    Go Sarah! Give it right back to them ... it's about time. You are better than all of them and will rise up to be our future president. We need strong, intelligent women like you leading our country! Sarah Palin for president!

    January 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Change_Has_Begun

    oh shut up and go hunt some moose...Washington is to educated for you...and plus no one can see russia from DC...

    January 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    Your 15 minutes are up Sarah.

    January 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Lisa in New Jersey

    She exploited herself and her family.

    January 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. California Gold

    Doesn't this woman have something else to do like be governor of Alaska, keep an eye on Putin from her kitchen window, and visit the grandbaby's grandma in prison?

    January 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Tom in S.A.

    I don't even see a comment on here yet but don't need to, there will be nothing but negative b.s. from most of you, oh well if it makes you happy just go right ahead.

    January 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. C Spurgeon

    She uis an idiot. Wy does the media persist. tThat shows something wrog with our society....

    January 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Gene

    She's still talking? We have several wars and an economy to get back on track and she's complaining about SNL?

    January 8, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |

    give me a break palin

    January 8, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. C Spurgeon

    Sarah..you are no Caroline Kennedy..

    January 8, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Mari Lyn

    Do we really care that Palin is getting her feelings hurt for her hypocritical life involving her kids. It is not all right that her 17 year old daughter got pregnant out of wedlock.There is no good way to explain it. Make Palin go away.

    January 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  23. irritated

    The election is over. Why won't this woman go away ?!?! I don't understand it...

    January 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  24. Roy

    Give me a break.
    If Palin the mama grizzly (her words) feels exploited by 1) an interviewer and 2) a comedianne she has NO BUSINESS trying to be a politician on the national level. And, now that she lost this 'says something about our society'??? So the bottom line for Sarah Palin is that it is OUR fault (society) that she lost. How self-centered can she be???

    And, funny since the election loss...we seem to hear NO plans for Bristol to actually GET married....probably why Sarah is upset by the SNL remark......too close to the truth!
    Sarah, YOU are not the center of everybody's universe...especially MINE.

    January 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Tony in Maine

    All this finger pointing from a would be leader of the party that trumpets personal responsibility as an excuse not to do what's right.

    Sarah, if you're lookin' to blame someone, check the mirror – you are the girl (intentional use of a sexist word) on the next bar stool sucking on a bottle of Oly and in no way qualified to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

    January 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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