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. a little sad

    Please, please run this lady for pres in 2012.

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Sophia in Canada

    I think the reason Pain was supposedly annoyed by Katie Couric's questions about what books/magazines she reads is that she ( Palin) was obviously being affected by all the whispers that she was not "all that intelligent."
    Palin took it personal because she saw it as a question attacking her intelligence rather than what it really was – A GETTING TO KNOW YOU QUESTION.
    Palin was basically brand new to larger parts of America and it is not unusual for people to want to learn more about the softer side of a person – especially our politicians. People. like to know your likes and dislikes.
    She obviously wasn't offended when she was giggling like a school girl when she thought she was talking to the French President. His ( the comedians) comments and questions were far more offensive.
    Oh, but Palin is far too dumb to recognize that.
    Maybe she is smarter than we think. She does not bring it up because she would sooner want the world to forget.
    Okay I give her 1 cookie.

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Dennis Paul Hastings

    I've been following Sarah Palin closely. It is now time for her to do damage control on the public perception of her intelligence.

    My thought are this... Even though she is now defending herself against the mimicry of Tina Fey, she says nothing that might correct the basic confusion surrounding her own world view. When is her daughter going to be married? That would e a start. As to the Couric interview, Katie deserves the higher ratings because it was not a 'gotcha' journalism article. She calmly asked Palin what magazines she had read, among other questions, to get her current events information. Palin just has to deal with the fact that she evidently doesn't read very much.

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. arc, Lugano CH

    I hope this woman runs again in 2012 as the Republican nominee for President.

    In 4 years, the rest of the world's memory may have to be refreshed as to why it abhors Conservative Americans – and justifiably & deservedly so.

    Sarah Palin as the face of Conservatives will thankfully and thoroughly replenish that global distrust and disgust towards Republican Americans.

    Godspeed Wolf Killer!

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. David

    Sarah Palin came out swinging in the campaign. Her first speech before the RNC included huge amounts of criticism toward Barak Obama and the democratic party, and her comments about "Community Organizer" bordered on anti-urban. She came out with boxing gloves on, and is now surprised that she got criticized back? Everybody got put through the meat grinder – including Barak Obama. Palin's pick was designed to get a lot of attention . . . and it did. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to handle that attention.

    The dig about marriage was not a dig at her children, it was a dig at her naive and overly simplistic ideas about marriage.

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. me

    Why is she still infesting my news?

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. jon a

    Dear Sarah –

    First, please go away. The side show is over and you are officially irrelevant. I would recommend turning your focus towards keeping your newborn grand-daughter out of the meth lab at Grandma Johnson's house.

    Second, to paraphrase your own (well-worn) sound bite – You can't wear your white trash credentials with pride in rural Kansas and then get upset when they use the ‘Female Gump’ shtick to lampoon you in New York. Tina Fey was only funny because you wrote the material for her.

    Finally, Katie Couric is a creampuff – if you can't handle her, maybe you should have reconsidered running for Vice President of The United States of America. Quick – what magazines do you read on a regular basis? No the Bible does not count as a magazine, and there-in lays the problem.

    Sarah, unfortunately public life means just that – If you can't take the heat, stay in Alaska.

    Yours Truly,

    The Blue States

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Jim Q.

    Just like Bush, she feels she can do no wrong. That is what makes her so dangerous — there is no poorer politician than the arrogantly ignorant.

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. slkwly

    Hhhhmmmm.....so it was someone else's fault that you performed badly when asked basic political questions which, by the way, were asked by someone who most people would agree is not the most seasoned political journalist? Or its someone else's fault that you tried to re-package your teenage daughter's unwanted pregnancy, which goes against all that you preach and supposedly raised her up to be against?

    Well, the fact that you had many supporters also raises serious questions for many of us about that element of our society. I'm sure you are a decent person, but it clearly showed that you did not have the necessary knowledge or lack thereof, of many things outside of Alaska. Your ego, bolstered on I'm sure by many of your supporters, was the main culprit of your quick rise and fall. Maybe you should spend your downttime reading and educating yourself on things besides snow mobile championships and oil pipelines-there's a lot more to America than that......

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Fletch

    Waaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! For the love of God, take that Jerry Springer episode that you call a family and GO AWAY!!! The uber-religious element has WRECKED this country. Between that and your inability to master the English language, you were a dead woman walking, Sarah. Even in your interview with Ziegler (I thought that clown disappeared, too), shouldn't you have used "explotation" rather than "exploiting"? What a moron you are!!!

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

    The fact is that she made herself look like a fool. Tina Fey basically never had to fabricate anything – her skits were mostly word for word from Palin's own mouth. As far as Katie Couric's interview it is obvious that Palin is a big girl and answered in her own words. This woman needs to get lost in the Alaska woods so we never have to hear from her again.

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Phil

    Well lets talk about you know when we say what I think the other one is not in here because I say the time Russia did this.

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Richard

    If Bristol is old enough to get knocked up and married, she is not a "child" anymore.

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

    Tina Fey was funny

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. geodoug

    Poor, poor, pitiful Palin. She should consider herself lucky that she was not stomped on even harder for being one the cruelest political jokes ever perpetrated on the American people. I mean really, who forced her to make her lame comments and answers to the questions posed by Couric, Gibson, et al? No, if she really has the country's well being in mind, she should dry up and blow away back to her sheltered life in Alaska and mind her own business. With any luck, the media, regardless of political persuasion, will now realize that her shelf life has finally expired.

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. KevinfromtheNorthsideofChicago

    Oh I forgot this one – she stated that Obama pals around with terroists, but she palls around with drug dealers!!!
    She is just one dirty individual!!! I cannot wait till she falls straight on her face for corruption charges – eventually they will come up sooner or later!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. mike

    "Here again, cool, fine come attack me. But when you make a suggestion like that that attacks a kid, it kills me."- Palin. However, Mrs. Palin don't you think suggesting that Obama was palling around with terrorists was a bit of stretch as well. And on more thing, how about the attacks on Mrs. Obama at the Republican convention? oh yes, you betcha!

    January 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. John Griswell

    Yeah Palin's problems during the champaign were other people's fault ....

    January 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Joe the Troll

    Palin is still blaming the media for the things that came out of her own mouth. More Republican "personal responsibility" at its best. If SNL offended her so much, why did she appear on the show herself?

    January 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Republican not buying it..

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA... This is too funny. Whatever, Mama grizzly bear, whatever.

    This woman is so stupid.

    January 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. maf in canada

    Seriously?! Ms. Palin can parade her family around ad nauseum during the election and then claim foul when someone else plays upon her own verbage. When is her term in Alaska up. I'm hoping Alaskans will vote her out the next chance they get and then Sarah can on with the business of cleaning up her own house.

    Tsk, Tsk!

    January 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. str8tupsista

    What goes around, comes around, Ms. Palin.

    January 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Phil

    Well lets talk about you know when we say what I think the other one is not in here because I say the time Russia did this.

    January 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Wendy Belmont

    Oh Please – blame the media for your lack of intellect and ability to answer basic questions during an interview. Typical Republican. The exposure of Palin as the fraud that she is was justified – she wasn't allowed near the White House and she never will be. I hope stays the face of the GOP – they will never be in national power again as long as she is their face (along with Coulter, Rush, Malkin, et. al).

    January 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. BPetersen

    Oh, well Sarah, get over it, Momma Grizzly-Moose. You were right in the middle of throwing dirt at others yourself when your had your 12 week spotlight, after which you tragically faltered. Remember how you referred to Obama as a socialist/communist because you had no way of beating him? It was your last, desperate resort. That said a lot about you, too.
    How about your $ 120,000+ wardrobe? Have you donated it as you said you would? Since you can see Russia from your house, with whom you have 'trade missions', how about you engage your 'trade partner' and intervene diplomatically in the gas dispute between your 'trade partner' Russia and the Ukraine? Or do you rather keep playing the poor victim, blaming everything on others?

    January 8, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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