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. Confused

    I think those interviews portrayed Palin as she really is ,kudos to the interviewers.

    January 8, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Mike B

    I think is says more about our society when putting highly educated and talented individuals in charge of this country is considered "elitist." Sorry Governor, while you may have found your niche in Alaska, your qualifications are not currently those of the Commander in Chief.

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

    Maybe "Mama Grizzly" shouldn't have used her kids as props throughout her campaign . . . .

    January 8, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Sumner

    Sarah STILL doesn't get it. First, she was asked what she reads to stay up on the issues, not "what do you folks read up there?". Her continued misrepresentation of the question doesn't hide her clueless answer. Attacking the questioner is the only pathetic response she has left.

    Second, the issue in her campaign was her qualifications for the office....pure and simple. This was embodied in the Fey skits, and some of the questions raised by pundits and analysts. She was scandously unqualified for VP, let alone Pres. And, the sooner she acknowledges this, the sooner she can get over it and get out of the public eye.

    Reasonable people can question whether C. Kennedy is the best qualified person for that Senate job. Nobody can claim that she is as unqualified as Palin was for their respective roles.

    January 8, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. ed dzamba

    I don't get the comparison to Caroline Kennedy. Kennedy is not just being thrown into the spotlight. We watched her grow up, and graduate from college. We know her record and we know her views. We know that she doesn't think the world is flat and we know that she believes in evolution.

    January 8, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Y arrigo

    Sarah Palin does'int have a clue. If she did'int like what was said by Tina Faye why did she go one saturday night more then once. She gave everyone more material by showing up and opening her mouth.

    January 8, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. RAG

    Sarah, your 15 minutes are over. Please go away. America doesn't want you . Never did.

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

    Dig all you want Governor. But if you can make Saturday Night Live look funny and Katie Couric look professional, then you are not fit to lead my country.

    January 8, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Lynnette Rich

    I keep waiting for someone to ask for no further coverage of Sarah Palin...forget her, don't write about her, let everyone (including us) live in peace. She was/is a wrinkle in the scheme of things, which are now over, and I keep hoping to not read about her. Let her work on her state and pray that someone runs against her and that her life just calms down to a dull roar. I can't imagine listening to her again, ever.

    January 8, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Noah

    I say good for Sarah Palin. Liberals have made it their favorite activity to belittle this woman. Liberals act as though they are the party that recognizes diversity and minorities and women. What they really mean is they are the party of minorities who believe what they beleieve, and of women who believe what they believe. If you are a conservative minority or a conservative woman then they want nothing to do with you and prefer to attack you.

    January 8, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. A Woman In California For Obama

    In the words of Keith Olbermann: She is NOT even important enough to comment on.

    Regarding the Blair House.
    To As and AnaB:

    Let me try and clarify what I was trying to say earlier. You are totally right when you said it is Bush's right to designate who he wants to stay in the Blair House until the 15th. I agree with you. It wasn't until Tuesday night when I found out the former Prime Minister of Australia was staying there by himself that I responded on this subject. This appears to be a last minute thing with the PM just to get someone to stay there. I personally thought that was a bit small of our president and still believe that to be true. However, it is his right to do so and I am only glad our incoming president decided not to dwell on this matter and move on to more urgent/important matters.

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Bette

    Sarah Palin wasn't exploited, she was revealed. Couric gave her a chance to show the voters that she knew what was going on in the world and it was Palin herself who proved she didn't have a clue.

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

    I just wanted to say to Fey that you should have respect to a human being. Sometimes jokes and puns go out of line and that can hurt other's feelings. Entertainers like Fey who are in limelight should have that decency to not hurt somebody just for entertaining an audience. Fun is good, pun is good, but not at the cost of hurting others' sentiment.
    Imagine yourself in the receving end and think for a second. And do not transfer the blame to the skit-writer or do not hide behind free-speech-curtain when questions arise.

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Oh everyone must be loving this. Come on people start your comments in 3..2...1...

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

    This woman is complaining that someone exploited her? The same woman who outfitted her entire family in designer clothes at the expense of the RNC, then complained that they were pushed onto her when the public found out? The same woman who latched onto John McCain without – er – blinking, then tried to promote her own agenda for 2012?

    How dare she compare herself to Caroline Kennedy? We have a woman with a law degree from Columbia versus a woman who acquired a journalism degree after attending five community colleges. We have a woman who behaves with dignity as opposed to a woman who rants and incites racism. We have woman who keeps her religious beliefs private, and one who has undergone a public exorcism for witchcraft by the Rev. Muftee.

    Enough of this self-righteous, egotistical fool.

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Kristen

    You're right Palin, how offensive to ask a possible leader of our nation what she reads! The American people have no right to know where you get your information, how you form your opinions, whose ideas you trust... that's just the latte-sipping left tryin' to point out the fact that you're not one of the "reading" elite!

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Petyer Vaguely

    "But, the Emperor has no clothes!" exclaimed the little boy. The subjects were amazed that they had not noticed such a thing. And, the Emperor was really upset with the little boy. He was angered that the little boy would exploit his nakedness for personal gain. "It certainly says a lot about our society," exclaimed the bewildered Emperor, "walk around foolish and naked and...just when all the people are conned...some little kid has to ruin it all by...showing me to be the idiot I really am!"

    Mavericky little kid!

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Betina

    Amazing how she is blaming everyone for her disastrous candidacy. She should look in the mirror and point the finger as well.

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Forest White

    She may be the most confused person to sit in front of a camera. We have already seen Caroline Kennedy skewered and shown to clearly be unfit to be a part of a supposedly prominant position. Just as Palin was.

    It still seems fishy that McCain-Palin was the best the Republican Party could come up with to represent our country heading into the future. Conspiracy abounds!

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. The Jellyman

    Most Americans were not familiar with Senator Obama and Governor Palin, so it is natural and desirable that they would ask a lot of questions. If she would simply watch the "What do you read?" segment again on YouTube, she will see that the question was directed at HER, not at the people of Alaska, and the intent was to gain some insight into HER, and not to disparage the people of Alaska.

    We wanted to know more about her then. Now that we do, we don't want to know about her anymore.

    Sarah, you're not the center of everybody's universe.

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

    Sarah Palin seems to forget that she was on a job interview...whlie SNL is sometimes over the top...her treatment was nothing extraordinary. As for C.Kennedy...I am not a fan, but she is not campaigning...(interviewing)...we'll see how she does in 2010 if she gets appointed.

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Larry

    does it not cross her mind that the fault could be her own?

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Skyler

    You, Sarah Palin, say a great deal about our society. The fact that you somehow were a vice-presidential candidate illuminates the shortcomings of the general population's intelligence.

    I'm just glad I won't have to hear the term "hockey-mom" for at least 3 years!

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Karen-Phoenix

    Please CNN NO MORE PALIN!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Jason


    The media did the job that the McCain campaign clearly didn't, which was to make sure that Palin was qualified to run for national office. And they did that job quite well, as the country elected Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Ms. Palin, the media vetted you fairly, and you were clearly not qualified. You win the Sour Grapes award.

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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