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. Misty

    I was so glad the elections were over because it meant the end of Sarah Palin, but now she won't go away – URGH!

    January 8, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Maryann Rose

    "the Couric"? Is that like "the Zohan"? as in "don't mess with"?

    HA! Good one!

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Gerald

    Exactly what does that say about our society? That we know a dud when we see one!?

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Lainie

    This is hysterical - the woman who gleefully exploited her family and, in particular, her special-needs son, complaining about exploitation. Was she supposed to be treated like a princess . . . oh wait, the wardrobe . . . maybe she was. Have those clothes been returned yet?

    And Sarah, you're no Caroline Kennedy. Not even close. Kennedy took her education seriously and has protected her children from exploitation, not used them. Whether or not she should be a senator, she has led her life in a way that has earned respect and admiration.

    Palin's ignorance and entitlement go on and on and on.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Cristine C.

    Who cares what she thinks? She's not intelligent AND she's an egomaniac – not a great combo.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Renee/Seattle

    Please stop putting a microphone in front of this woman.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Ally

    How can she compare her candidacy for VP of the United States to the APPOINTMENT of Caroline Kennedy for Senate? First of all one is a much higher office, second of all Caroline Kennedy is not running – it is an appointment to fulfill the term of Hillary Clinton. Then she can decide if she wants to run for the seat. It is apples and oranges. Why does Sarah Palin think all women are alike???? And Caroline Kennedy is not just some random rich lady – how she is treated has more to do with her family then her actual wealth. Sarah Palin needs to get over herself.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Loretta

    Sarah Palin You were the breath of fresh air America needed.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. Pam

    Sarah, you just best go away now. It's clearly evident that you can't stand being out of the limelight, no matter how big a fool you are. Just make sure you put plenty of seasoning on that big old foot you're going to be forced to eat again now that you've opened your mouth.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Linda, Providence, RI

    I think Sarah needs to be quiet and stop complaining about everyone. Take care of her family and go away.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Morgan

    Oh come on that marriage line was a clear attack on Sarah Palin and not the kids. Palin is too obtuse to realize it. I knew she was off her rocker before but now she's on another planet!

    Keep playing the partisan language and attacks. Please run in four years! Its a victory for Obama.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. FRED ATlanta, GA

    So Sarah wants to blame Tina and Katie for not knowing things she should have known, couldn't name one newspaper not even her own local newspaper. Fact is Sarah was clueless on a host of issues everyone saw that, that's why the campaign withheld interviews because she's simply bad at them it's a wonder she's Governor. So but Sarah Palin was a JOKE, just ask john mccain who recently said he wouldn't support her for presidency in 2012 that should tell a lot of people something about sarah.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. louise, SAnta Barbara, CA


    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Rick

    Just trying to keep her name in the news. Pathetic how she blames everyone else for her own failures. Whining is unseemly no matter which politician it comes from.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. Craig

    It really says a lot about our society when so many people support a moron like Palin for Vice President.

    January 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Savage

    There's a difference, Sarah...

    Caroline Kennedy isn't an idiot.

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Colleen pacino

    Sarah Palin needs to fade away gracefully. Her mistakes were her own & reflect her personal lack of knowledge of national affairs.

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Anon

    The difference? I bet that Caroline Kennedy will, actually, be able to name the newspapers that she reads....

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. charles smith

    Sarah Palin, please just go away. No one is interested in your hypocrisy. Your 15 minutes are up. Good-bye.

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Chris

    – Could we please have a single day without a reference to Gov. Palin?

    -Ms. Fey won several of her industry's highest awards for her own television program, which had absolutely nothing to do with Gov. Palin. Tina Fey has worked hard for her own merit and no one should be attaching herself to Fey's success.

    -Although I am not a fan of Ms. Couric, Gov. Palin took umbrage at nothing by suggesting that Couric's questions about her reading habits was motivated by anything other than wanting to delve into Palin's world view. By her answer, Gov. Palin only showed that she does not have an extensive world view. It would be crazy for anyone to think that her personal answer revealed anything about the world view of Alaskans in general.

    -I was very interested, as a woman, to see that the two people Gov. Palin singled out were women. Perhaps Palin's own attitudes toward women's accomplishments extend only to herself.

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. Jennifer Moore

    According to Palin, it's better for a "kid" to be pressured into marriage than to be made fun of on SNL.

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. richard, Coweta Ok

    Tina Fey is a 3rd. rate comic like Al Frankin and Couric needs to be fired.

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Steven

    Why CNN? Why? No more, we're begging. Please.

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. MatthewS

    Sarah Who?

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Obama Victim

    Go Sarah Go................after we throw out this lose.........uh, The Messiah........Preident Palin 2012

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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