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. Lynn in NM

    Tina Fey? Oh, she's that wanna be politician. Katie Couric? She's the flop from the Today show. You go Sarah! You are the only one of the 3 that can actually make a difference in the world.

    January 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Jeff Fyke

    Give me a break! All it says about our society is that people should be more careful when picking running mates.

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

    Palin, darlin', you're carrying on the grand Republican tradition of not taking any responsiblity for your own actions. You were not prepared for a world stage, either through your education, experience, moral character, or combination thereof. Couric asking, "what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read...?" was not "gotcha" journalism, it was not unfair, it was only a question, one any literate person should be able to answer. You exploited yourself. Your ego precluded you from knowing that you were and are not qualified for any office higher than the one you have (I'll defer to the good citizens of Alaska on whether you are qualified for the office that you have). When you originally said that you did not give a second thought to McCain's offer, I believed you, and that's your problem. As for Fey, how sexist of you to complain about a woman imitating you–a public figure of your own choosing who should have known the pitfalls of political fame–in the same manner male politicians have been imitated.

    January 8, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Amazing!

    Failin' Palin attacks again!

    January 8, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Theresa

    Go Sarah!!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. natasha

    My goodness – will this woman EVER go away??

    Sarah maybe you were "under the microscope" because the American people knew you were just another corrupt politician trying to make DC your home.

    January 8, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Joe in Austin

    This is the modern republican "responsibility" – what they do badly is always someone else's fault.

    But look on the bright side, she's not the worst governor in the country.

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

    Soooo why did Palin appear on SNL? That's a bit perplexing...sounds like she was trying to capitalize on some of Fey's popularity.

    I don't think Palin is bitter at ALL 😛

    January 8, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Reg from Germany

    Poor Sarah, it is tough to be a politician on the receiving end. this is the big boy's league, she once again demonstrates that she belongs in the PEEWEE league. She is still hurting but she needs to put a lid on her mouth in order to stop the bleeding. Yet, I do not expect any such thing from her; she is basically clueless.

    January 8, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Kathy

    She can say whatever she wants but she is clearly not ready to lead this country. If she cannot handle an interview with Katie Couric then she would never be able to handle an interview on Meet the Press, Tina Fey mostly just copied, word for word, what Palin said. As far as making fun of her teen daughter's pregnancy and forced marriage, too bad, that's what happens when you deny birth control to teens and then force them to have and keep a baby. Her views would set this country back 50 years or more. She is just plain scary!!

    January 8, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Justine, Dayton, OH

    I don't believe that Caroline Kennedy should be favored over other qualified candidates because of her name, and I do hope the public gets fair coverage of her. That said, I bet she can speak in coherent sentences.

    January 8, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. roy

    what a looser!! So... since she did terrible, showing virtually zero PR and media management skills, her consolation would be other woman fail... gee... what a great example : "if you cannot win, then go and drag to the mud other people so I am not the only looser here"

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

    Why do I continue to read about Sarah Palin? It is like an addiction...and I know she is bad for me.

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. cynthia

    oh whatever!!! Just go away!!

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. D.Tin

    Sarah Palin, do you not have enough to do as governor of Alaska?..stop trying to keep yourself in the limelight and if you are, at least take responsibity for your performance during your "campaign". Fey had you pegged, and you opened your mouth in the interview. Your party "exploited" you when McCain picked you for his running mate, knowing full well you were lacking. You "exploited" the ticket getting your "free" stuff and became a "celebrity", much like Paris Hilton. So stop griping about feeling "exploited" HAH!

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Claudia

    Regarding Palin's last comment, she's deflecting - it wasn't the fault of the Republican campaign managers that she was allowed to appear foolish in her interviews with Katie Couric, it was her incredible ignorance of the issues Couric was asking her to speak to. If she is taken as a serious candidate for President in 2012, it will be a sign that that the Republican party is truly desperate - and stupid.

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Al Ram

    Palin shut up!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    I thought her comment regarding Kennedy was interesting. She seems to have a problem with self esteem.

    She did not have an answer for Couric, plain and simple. She needs to get off her "conspiracy theory" argument. She was not qualified to be Vice President of the US, period.

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Sarah Craig

    Once again, Ms. Palin has missed the whole import of the situation. If you choose to jump into the limelight, this is what you can expect. You will be mocked on Saturday Night Live, and reporters will expect you to answer the difficult questions, like what newspapers and magazines you read. (Wow, tough question!) If she intends to continue on the national political stage, she'd better get used to it and bone up on her answers. Katy Couric's ratings rose because she showed herself to be unafraid to ask the questions America wanted the answers to, despite the campaign's attempts to thwart any type of fact-finding regarding Ms. Palin. And FYI, it appears that the media is being just as harsh with Caroline Kennedy.

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. republicans hate america

    Lets see you actually went on SNL with Tina Fey what was that supposed to be all about? And blame Couric for your stupid and brainless answers to simple questions. The arrogance you display Palin has no limits.

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. MJ - San Antonio, TX

    Palin has no one to blame for her (un)knowlege during her candidacy. She only has herself to blame for people asking her questions that deal with our government (Couric) and Palin is not the first nor last to be used by comics on TV shows. If she can't take the heat than she better not be in politics.

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Craig - Hastings, MN

    WHO CARES?????????? Palin is yesterdays news. Some people's egos just won't tolerate being satirized or pointed out as being inept. Which is exactly what Caribou Barbie is.

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. BKrause

    What Fey and Couric reflected back to our society with the Palin connections is that, in the end, America no longer tolerates cultural, historical, or spiritual illiterates.

    Here's a gal who flunked out of three schools, graduated with a grade point average so low that a pig wouldn't touch it, believes in creation science, and yet ignorantly is certain that God, herself, has driven Palin to lead us into an enlightened and informed future.

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. patrick

    if kennedy says something stupid, she'll get made fun of.

    there have been other female candidates and they didn't get mocked as much b/c they didn't say stupid things.

    its not sexism, its stupidism.

    January 8, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Woman in Texas

    Palin...you need to stop whining and complaining. You put yourself to be exploited and it is the United States of America. We have the freedom and one of them is in the Constitution (Freedom of Speech). SNL and the media makes fun of Bush...is the media exploiting him..NO!!! (in my perspective). This is one of the reasons why myself as a woman are upset at you because you make all women look bad including Couric and Fey (they are just doing their jobs). You are exploiting them for the benefit of your career. Now this is what you call exploiting other women!!! Stop talking because your making yourself look worse. You need to worry about governing your own state and stop looking back at what happened during the campaign. It's over!!!! Why don't you talk about what you plan to do for women's rights? Oh, yeah..you don't have any plans or policy's. I guess you have so much time in your hands to talk about nonsense.

    January 8, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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