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. Amber


    January 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Chris, Columbus, MS

    So Sarah... It's everyone else's fault that you were a total joke as a VP candidate. Yeah some of the jokes were over the top. But you provided the answers to the questions. You are intellectually uncurious and to suggest that everyone was being too hard on you is ridiculous. Go learn about the world you seek to lead and then come back and try again.

    January 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Los

    I really don't think this perpetual victim should be given any sort of national leadership position. She's fine for the isolated backwater outpost she currently occupies, but she really needs to just stay there.

    January 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. call me crazy

    Could it be,people wanted to know if Palin had a brain?We as voters have a right to know if a person is qualified for a job that high up.If Palin thinks any differant the point is made!!!Thank gawd Katie showd us all how utterly stupid this women is!!!

    January 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Soccer Nana

    Puhlease! Still trying to keep herself "out there". LOL

    Governor Palin, your failed VP candidacy light is growing dimmer and dimmer.

    January 8, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Gina - Lancaster, PA

    Of course, her disaster of a campaign was everyone else's fault... not hers.

    January 8, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!



    January 8, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. gl, Pittsburgh

    Please Sarah Palin is a sore losers. She is not qualified to becoming the VP or POUS. She have a speaking problem and don't know enough about the US. RNC handling Sarah Palin wrong and she needs to get over the fact that she is not smart enough to answer hard questions from the media regarding foreign policy or questions regarding global warming. The more she complain and blame others for her missteps the more she is going to look more stupid. She needs to stay away from the media for a long time and start reading up on the USA before even thinking about running in 2012.

    January 8, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Jason, Omaha

    SNL makes fun of everyone and everything regardless. If It hurt Palin's feelings so much, she should have turned down the VP nomination in the first place.

    January 8, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Fred the moderate

    You were there and allowing anyone and everyone to exploit you. The GOP exploited you, the media exploited you even the Bloggers exploited you. You were just so exploitable. You ran your mouth when you should have been scripted. You aren't an intellegent woman and they knew it and tryed to help you but you didn't want help. They saw what pitfalls awaited you but you took it upon yourself to walk right into them.
    You could have answered Couric: The TV Guide, Dick and Jane, the news paper, WWF Wresteling Mania, anything. "You answered Nothing". Exploitable?
    You went to a debate and talked about anything but the question! Exploitable??
    Palin, stay in Alaska. They obviously don't ask much of their Gov. But when you tell me "YOU CAN SEE RUSSIA FROM YOUR HOUSE" and that's impossible, You are Exploitable.

    January 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. FJ from Atlanta

    Why are we still talking about this idiot?

    January 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Lauren the Designer

    Did she just refer to herself as a bear?

    Anyway...there she goes with the blame, blame, blame again. The only people that make me more ill than Sarah Palin are those who actually take her seriously.

    January 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. Glenn in California

    This is hilarious that Palin blames them for her being stupid. Can't we PLEASE close the chapter on her now that she's back in Wasilla?

    January 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. wall street abnkrupted main street!

    walk away from your upside down mortgages now!

    stop buying corporate products altogether!

    recycle everything and anything!

    start growing your own food!

    stop betting against your own interests, by investing in wall street!

    free yourself and your children from the grip of 400 families who own you and your children by stealing most of the nation's wealth!

    January 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. rlc


    January 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. obama-mama

    Mamma grizzly is at it again. I knew she would surface soon. No attention in a few days....

    January 8, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. MikeH

    Sarah Palin pals around with drug dealers.

    January 8, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Salt

    No of course Katie can't be the center of everyone's universe when Sarah herself is.

    January 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. mark

    I guess palin doesn't realize that she was running for the vp seat and nobody but alaskans knew who she was. miss kennedy is only running for a senate seat and she isn't just one heart beat from the potus. maybe that is why she was looked at a little closer.

    January 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. an Donohue

    She was upset that she appeared on SNL and made fun of herself.

    January 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. reggie

    Gov Palin couldn't be more accurate. It's of no surprise to me how the media tried to portray her. It's also of no surprise how much of a free ride Kennedy is getting in her qwest for Clinton's senate seat. Governor Palin will be back....and better than ever. The liveral media cannot tear her down.

    January 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Hoosier Daddy

    If Ms. Palin was so upset with SNL, why did she go on the show after the mentioned SNL had already been shown in a earlier broadcast?

    Ms. Palin, don't blame your stupidity on the media! It wasn't just a few people who thought you were an idiot, it was 90% of the country and abroad that did.

    January 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. James, Ho. TX

    Sarah time and again; If you can't stand the heat from the oven, get out of the kitchen ! So take it easy greasy, you got a long way to slide !

    January 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. jay


    January 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. MikeH

    Sarah Palin wouldn't allow Alaskan police to bust Sherry Johnston, Lev's mom, for drug dealing.

    How many kids did Sherry sell drugs to while being protected by Sarah Palin?

    January 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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