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. chuck

    If a Vice Presidential candidate can't answer a question about her sources as far as magazines and newspapers are concerned then he/she doesn't deserve to be Vice-President. Also, if asking a question of that nature is deemed unfair, then we have a sick political society. I am almost certain that when Katie Couric asked her the question she didn't expect Sarah Palin to mess it up. That was like asking a US Citizen what is you favorite beverage.

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Jane GA

    Palin please go and hide. We are tied of hearing your voice. It very said tthat you can not even raise your childern very well. Please get a life.

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Ronnie Beth Herbst

    When you read the phrase, "...the momma bear in me..." from a political official such as Gov. Palin, you either cringe from the absolute immaturity, or you put an intelligent spin on it with Tina Fey delivering the line. Gov. Palin is not a stupid woman, and she is more sophisticated than she lets on. I think both Ms. Fey and Ms. Couric saw that potential, but unfortunately, the governor didn't.

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Steph

    She cannot complain. She is, after all, the person who made the "palling around with terrorists" comments and who put down community organizers.

    I am also STILL waiting for the clothing auction for charity!

    January 8, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. NW

    I think whether you love her or hate her, Sarah has some great points.. this country whines about needing fresh blood in DC but the minute someone steps up we just tear them to shreds.

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Jim

    Right, it's everybody else's fault. What if the first day of her vice-presidency didn't go well. Would she cancel the rest of her four-year term. Once an idiot, always an idiot. Jindal, 2012!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Colin

    The media's coverage of the entire election season was really deplorable. Mistakes were certainly made on the McCain campaign's part, especially with Palin's poor interview performances, but the media systematically portrayed her as inept from the start, paying no heed to the unprecedented crowds she was drawing, her record in Alaska, and her innate abilities, all while offering up a lovefest to the Obama camp.

    Most memorable to me was a time when the media did nothing but harp on Palin's "lack of experience" at a time when Obama began citing the MANAGEMENT OF HIS OWN CAMPAIGN as "executive experience." Wow.

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. OC

    There's no double standard. Kennedy, as a senatorial candidate, isn't revealing herself as incompetent and clueless about national and international affairs. Palin did just that–as a VP candidate who could potentially become President. Also, Palin is admitting that she wanted to stop "difficult" interviews that revealed the real unscripted, unprepared candidate that she was.

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. X-Man

    I guess it's still someone elses fault that she is dumb. Now if she wants to blame someone for that she can check the mirror.

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. xcusme

    GO AWAY.

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Wanda

    Sarah Palin was the one who put her daughter and the "so-called fiance' " on front street. If you can't stand the heat...stay out of the kitchen. Besides all of that, she lost the election. It is time to move on and stop licking her wounds...or would she just rather have some put a pacifier in her mouth???

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. bayjac

    Again, Gov Palin doesn't have a clue of what is going on. If appointed, Kennedy will be one of 100 Senators. We were evaluating Gov Palin to see if she was capable of being President .

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Mag

    Go away already!!

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Greg

    Palin for VicePRESIDENT with "the old guy" and limited political exposure vs. Kennedy for Junior Senator and a lifetime of political exposure......seems one has far more impact, thus interest, than the other.

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. Linda

    Sorry Sarah, you did this to yourself.

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |

    Will you please just shut up and go away?

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. joe the plumber

    How dare they ask Palin what she reads!! They should have had the questions written down and sent to Palin's campaign people so they could read the question for her and provide her with the answers. The liberal media strikes again!

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Tim in NC

    The last person in the country to talk about exploiting anything or anyone is this wolf-killing, drill-happy psycho.

    You don't like your kids being attacked, THEN YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE BROUGHT THEM INTO THE CAMPAIGN!!! Your own medicine ain't so sweet now is it...

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. sully

    why can't she go away? Just stay under the snow where she belong.

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Deanna Downs - PA

    Hey, Sarah Palin – you say the Grissly Mama rises up in you when the press talks about your kids: why don't you just shoot yourself then, like you do all the other animals up there! Polar bears, wolves, etc. That should take care of the problem. Your "kid" is an adult now. Get over it!

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Caroline Kennedy is not in the same position as Sarah Palin. She wants to be one of 100 senators and won't be next in line to be president. Plus she's just serving the remainder of a term. I think the candidate for vice-president rightfully should be under way more scrutiny.

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. David

    Two important points:

    1. What Tina Fey's satirical take on Sarah Palin says about our society is that it is an open society in which individuals have the freedom to express themselves. Also, it says that satire, political and otherwise, is still (as it has always been) an important force in modern civilization. In addition, it shows that comedy is all about timing and that Tina Fey is a genius.

    2. So Katie Couric "exploited" Ms. Palin, did she? Was that when she asked such difficult questions as, "Where do you get your news?" Or was it when she asked her to name another Supreme Court decision besides Roe v. Wade?

    3. What Ms. Palin's current statements show about her is that she is in absolute, inpenetrable denial, that she doesn't understand what a free society truly is, and that she thinks satire is somehow a bad thing. Maybe she was "mishandled," maybe she wasn't "rolled out" correctly, maybe the clothing bought for her was just, as she suggests, like the lighting and other staging. If so, the McCain campaign owes her an apology; however, the simple truth is that she allowed all that to be done to her, which, in my mind, disqualifies her as a viable candidate for one of the most important offices in the land.

    Enough of Sarah Palin!

    January 8, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Amy

    She wants to be compared to Caroline Kennedy? Seriously? Caroline Kennedy is, well, a Kennedy and has been in the spotlight since childhood, Palin came from nowhere when she was chosen at McCain's running mate. Of course the media coverage would be different. Much of the focus on Palin was her incompetence. Kennedy has a law degree, Palin eventually completed her bachelor's after, what 5 schools? Other than being women, Kennedy and Palin have nothing in common. Come on, Kennedy can't even say she can see Russia from her house.

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. crownsy

    nice to see sarah playing the moral high card on others while quickly throwing out the "its everyones fault but mine! why does everyone pick on me for doing a bad job???" card to cover CYA.

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Tim

    Sorry Sarah, your focus on the Kennedy campaign is way off target when examining your candidacy for the VP... she's not even running in a formal election, she's being appointed. Further more, she's up for senator and you were up for VP, there's clearly going to be less media scrutiny given that fact. You were just ill prepared and not ready for the national stage. Face it, the media was scrutinizing you because you deserved.

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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