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. Shaye

    She's like a grizzly with a sore behind....if she had such an issue with what was being said, then why was she publicly being "warm" and open towards the SNL performances? I never once heard her say anything bad for the longest time, and now, she comes out whiiiiiining....

    She needs to do some SERIOUS growing up. This woman does nothing but criticize everyone and everything, pointing fingers at everyone else, when seriously, she needs to take a look at herself! Whine whine....waaaahhhhhh I didn't get in and waaaahhhhhhh people are making fun of me. Big deal! Get over yourself! We ALL take heat at points in our lives, you suck it up (she's supposed to be such a tough gal right?) and MOVE ON!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. DaveInGainesville

    Unfortunately what Palin fails to realize is that Fey is a more significant figure then she is. She was more significant both before and after the election. Heck McCain may have stood a better chance has he chosen Fey.

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

    Why won't this woman go away?

    They didn't exploit you. Katie asked you basic questions and Tina Fey and SNL did what they do with all politicians. She was just special because she made so many bonehead comments that making fun of her was so easy.

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Matt

    You know what says a lot about our society? That this frickin bimbo moron troglodyte right wing nut extremist was even remotely considered a viable candidate for being a step away from holding the most powerful office on th eplanet and holding our nuclear codes. What says even more? THAT SHE STILL KEEPS COMING UP LIKE A BAD LUNCH. It's no wonder we have societal heartburn.

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. Anonymoose

    So Palin is speaking out at the media, and how the McCain campaign treated her. She's so mavericky, she don't take no bull from anyone. A hot-headed, defensive hillbilly... just what we need in the White House.

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Michael

    Really Sarah Palin? Really. And yet you were okay with the Alaska rap you took part in when you were a guest host on SNL?

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Jane GA

    It is very sad that you can even raise your kids . GO and spend time with those kids. We do not want to see you again

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

    PALIN, you are absolutely disgusting!

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. queencersei

    Actually the press has steadily been coming on harder and harder on Kennedy. Which Palin might know if she read any articles that don't only pertain to herself. And of course it's the McCain campaigns fault because she couldn't answer a single softball question posed to her. As for the media going after her family, she is the one that dragged those poor kids from one campaign stop to the next. She can't push her kids into the limelight and then cry foul if the coverage is not all she would like it to be. You exploited your kids first Sarah!

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. susan

    Is she really still talking?/ We don't like you Sarah Palin...get over it.

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Eric, Newtown, PA


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

    Wow! It amazes me how she thinks she has been treated so unfairly. Did she really think that she could just waltz into the toughest and most scrutinizing process in, maybe, the entire world and think that no one was going to ask her tough questions or challenge her in any way.

    She was never "put under a microscope", she volunteered to step out into the limelight on the biggest stage in American Politics. She got exactly what she signed up for, even if she didn't stop to think about the scrutiny she was in for. I cannot feel sorry for her. I think that it is petty and immature to blame her lack of readiness on the people who exposed it instead of owning up to her mistake.

    ...she cannot fade into the background quickly enough to suit me.

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

    Man she needs to stop whining!!!! She was in a position to become the Vic-President of the United States and what she presented to the public was a woman without much knowledge or substance. What's even more revealing about this woman is she does'nt take accountability for not being properly prepared for some of her interviews. She places the blame on everyone else!! Now, when she was busy attacking the President -elect Obama, she seemed well rehearsed but, when it came to what, specifically, she was going to do for this country she was vague and ambiguous. I tell you what if she is the future face of the Republican party then they still have a lot of revamping to accomplish.

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Sandra Brown

    Are you kidding me- She is upset about things that happened to her and her family during the campaign that SNL and Couric capitalized on. Well get a thicker skin, because if I remember correctly you were not above letting blasphemous and out right lies flow past your lips in order to capitalize on the moment and get yourself elected to Vice President. Karma Baby, KARMA.

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Alec

    Why does the media insist on giving this stupid woman so much coverage?
    If you just ignore her, she will disappear into the tundra!

    January 8, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. 30m-PA-voted Clinton then McCain

    The reason I was able to vote for McCain was because of the extreme media bias against Hillary. Sorry young O-bots, but Obama did not win the primaries and the presidency on his own merits. If the media were at all neutral right now we'd be saying, "Barack who?"

    January 8, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. TX Jim

    No Sarah... Electing George Bush to 2 terms as president said a lot about our society.

    If you didnt know because maybe in Alaska they dont know, but down here in the other 49, we dont call unwed, dropout, teen pregnancies, "blessings" and then parade them across a stage in front of millions of people as if you are proud of them.

    The rest of us here in the other 49 thawed out states its a tragedy and you should have kept your dysfunctional family drama out of the spotlight by turning down the VP nomination.

    By the way when is the wedding? When Todd's shotgun thaws out?

    January 8, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Dean

    This woman continues to discredit herself. She still sounds like an idiot. I still have to read her comments twice to understand what she is trying to say. Caroline Kennedy is not running for vice-president and is not a 76-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency of the United States. God Bless America. The best thing we ever did is ensure that Sarah Palin did not somehow make it into office.

    January 8, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. katie

    "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."

    She can't have it both ways. Either her daughter is mature enough to raise a baby and get married (and deal with a crack or two made at her expense) OR she's a "kid" herself...and if that is the case, what is she doing with a baby and (future) husband?

    January 8, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Tony

    Sarah Palin has every right to be angry with Tina Fey. I don't care who you are, you don't rip on other people's kids. If Fey's career wasn't her life, maybe she'd realize that and might have held off on taking a jab at Palin's kids.

    And you don't need to be a rocket scientist to see that Caroline Kennedy is going to be ripped by the media. The treatment of Palin by the press is proof enough that the liberal media is misogynist. Considering that Kennedy is already being ripped on because she said "you know" a lot in an interview is just further proof.

    January 8, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Dumbfounded

    Is it hard for Palin to realize that she too is not the center of everybody's universe? The results are what they are and the people made their choice. As long as she and her people continue pushing for her to run in 2012, she (and her family) will continue to get scrutinized. If she doesn't like it-focus on her job as Governor and hope that the people of Alaska will continue to support her there.

    January 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Andrea

    OK Palin...you can't think your way out of a paper bag, but somehow it is everybody else's fault you looked/sounded like a complete moron. Why don't you just admit that world politics didn't make it on you shortlist of things that are important to know. Go ahead...it's ok to admit it...plenty of people are just like you. However, most Wordly ignorant folks don't run for VPOTUS.

    January 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. This stupid redneck Palin

    This idiot Palin is taking time to insult a COMEDIAN, while the supposed daddy-to-be of her daughter (baby Mama Brit) has been fired from his job working the oil slopes, dropped out of school, and *his* mother (Palin's in law), is being tried for methamphetamine distrabution.

    So. The woman that the GOP nominated to be our Vice President has an in law that is dealing Meth to people in Anchorage. Her out-of-wedlock daughter is pregnant by some guy who quit school, and who NOW quit his job working on the oil fields.

    Who, really, gives a cr*p what Palin has to say about anything. Really?

    January 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Krissy

    She knows that Caroline is running for a senate seat, and not VP, right? Why would the national media take as much interest in an appointment that affects one state? A Senator's qualifications are much different than that of a VP.

    She is just a bitter person, wanting to blame others for her failure. She should spend more time educating herself instead of being petty.

    January 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Annie the Democrat

    Whatever you might say about her .....you have to love the way she defends her family and her beliefs.

    Good for her!

    Enough of the FEMALE BASHING!

    January 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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