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. Anonymous

    I understand Palin's discomfort with Faye's portrayal of her family life but the Couric interview was fair game. In fact, I think Couric went easy on Palin. Palin couldn't answer what news publications she read. That wasn't a trick question. Couric was doing her job. Palin just wasn't prepared to be VP. The interview made that obvious. Couric and Faye's names should not be mentioned in the same sentence.

    January 8, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Marilyn

    Wow Sarah-I hate to think of what your life would be had you actually been elected Vice President of the United States. I think you are clearly showing us that your skin is way too thin for you to actually handle being one of the most visible individuals on the planet. You were perfectly comfortable accusing Obama of "palling around with terrorists," you had no response when members of your audiences called out "Kill him," yet you feel "exploited" when an entertainer does what she is paid to do and what she does to any and all public figures. After all, one of the greatest freedoms Americans enjoy is freedom of speech and "roasting" our politicians is certainly not a new sport. Being a politician yourself, you must certainly have known that your every word and move would be scrutinized. Perhaps your time on the limited Alaskan stage did not prepare you for scrutiny that was, say, 49 times stronger. At least now we know that, effective as you may be on that stage, you are not prepared for the much more intense national stage.

    January 8, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Drew

    She still can't name a single newspaper or magazine she reads......

    January 8, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Eric

    You almost can't make up this stuff. Palin is like a car crash... you don't want to look, but you end up looking anyway. Why don't her handlers tell her to stop talking?

    January 8, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. BobTheBuilder

    If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen Sarah!
    Oh and BTW, I think you're extremely attractive, ..superficially speaking of course.

    January 8, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Jon Davis

    Sarah Palin is a moron. Period. Tina Fey, Katie Couric and even Paris Hilton are selfish humanitarians and rocket scientists by comparison.

    January 8, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. AJ

    Ohhhhh, poor misunderstood Sarah. Maybe she can go shoot something and make herself feel better!

    January 8, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. kc

    My god, I wouldn't even know where to begin commenting on this dolt. She's really the idiotic gift that keeps on giving.

    January 8, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Clay

    It's time to let it go and move on! Celebs time is over. You were elected to serve, not complain. You're a good mother, wife, and Gov; on top of that, you're drop dead gorgeous! It happened, now let it go! We'll see you in 2012!. Have a great year Sarah!

    January 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Bill Wheeler

    Poor mama bear Palin. If she can't take the heat, she probably doesn't belong in the kitchen.

    January 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Nicole

    This woman is Bush looking for a third term. The lack of accountability and recognition of reality is terrifying. The woman can hardly string together coherent sentences and that's somehow Couric, Fey and McCain's Administration's fault? How is asking a Vice-Presidential candidate (who wants to be one 72-year-old-four-time-cancer-patient's heart beat away from the leader of the free world) what they read a trick question? AND, the question was a follow-up to her statement that her foreign policy experience was gained through reading. HOW IS THIS WOMAN RUNNING A STATE?!

    January 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. RobC

    a recent interview with conservative John Ziegler, Palin said both "exploited" her twelve-week candidacy

    Was this in a contest for most hypocritical statement of the year? THEY exploited your candidacy? LOL

    January 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Proud American

    Dear Sarah,
    The federal government is now willing to pay you to shut the hell up. No one in their right mind want to hear anything you have to say.

    January 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Accountability

    So....none of this was her fault? Some reform that is huh?

    It couldn't be that she is in way over her head anywhere but the wild and wooly Arctic where she can manipulate, cut favors, fire enemies without much scrutiny could it?

    You betcha! 🙂

    January 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. John

    Your 15 minutes is up get out of the spot light. Here is your tissue wipe those tears and go home. Looks like you couldnt stand the heat, which might no be entirely your fault because we all know you never belonged in the kitchen you were in to begin with.

    January 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. HAH

    lol. This dolt better never get anywhere near the White House. She is so out of touch and so ignorant it's not even funny.

    On a side note, who has ever suggested that Katie Couric is at the center of anyone's universe?

    January 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Liz

    "…Katie, you’re not the center of everybody’s universe," Palin added off-handedly.

    How does an interviewee not answering an innocuous question cause one to conclude the journalist is narcissitic?

    This woman (and a great portion of the Right) has such a victim complex.

    January 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Chris

    I can't help but notice that Governor Palin wasn't too upset to appear on SNL. It appears her indignation rises only when she's not getting enough attention from the "gotcha" media.

    January 8, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Aaron from Pennsylvania

    Doesn't she realize that u agree to an interview with different segments from the start, and you can't cancel in the middle because there's a contract?! Does she even realize that it was one interview with multiple segments?! She doesn't even understand the basics of business and agreement and she wanted to be Vice President?! Also, people asked her questions where she shows off MANY LARGE weaknesses in her answers that show her unqualifications for being VP! She's complaining about showing lack of quality and blaming other people for. Whose fault is it that she's unqualified?! You're supposed to prepare yourself for a challenge, not blame others for causing her to show unpreparedness like it was rude!!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Timothy

    Now, I am convienced Mrs. Palin has a narcissistic personality " a grandiose sense of self-importance " indeed others are giving her to much credit. "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity... MLK"

    Inclosing, Mrs. Palin comes across as a hostile person in reference to "being a pitbull and/or mother grizzly these all reference to someone who appears to be imbalanced more so than a nurturer.

    January 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Michael Johnson

    The more she tries to explain herself – the dumber she sounds. She is unreal.

    January 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. patNY

    Poor Victim Palin....too bad! You made an issue of your knocked up daughter getting married to a high school teenager dropout! You brought this all on yourself! And, if you were so upset at Fey, why did ya go on that show Saturday Night Live? This woman is a real piece of work!

    January 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Michael

    Good Grief, Sarah!!! She critiques the performance of Couric and Fey. Yet, there's a single common denominator between Couric and Fey ... Sarah Palin, herself. Tina Fey makes a living using satire. The sad part about Fey's frequent spoofs of Palin rests in the fact that Fey often used Palin's own words, without deviation. With respect to Couric's question about newspapers, Palin is once again out of line. It's neither a trick question nor an unfair question to ask a serious person about the newspapers and periodicals they read. In fact, it's an easy question, unless the answer is unpleasant. To use an old SNL line, Sarah Palin was simply not ready for prime time. She needs to develop a great deal more substance if she expects to run for president someday. Much is expected out of a VP candidate. More is expected out of a Presidential candidate. If she thinks that Fey's satire was unfair and Couric's questions were unfair, then she should think twice about embarking on, what could be, a twenty month presidential campaign oddessy.

    January 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. forecast

    who is she kidding. take the stage to run for vp and next time know what to expect. I see her as one in a long line of do what i say not what i do republican big mouth polihax. I give you Vitter, and Craig and Cunningham and the great tradition of Gingrich going all the way back to Nixon.
    Attack your kids, hardly! Run again, be prepared to prove you live and teach and can influence what you say you can.
    Now go away, live a long healthy life in abscurity where you and your ridiculous 6 pack, plumber adages belong.

    January 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Rick

    What does she expect? Do you seriously think you can be added as the running mate in the presidential election and make the mistakes that she made and NOT get made fun of. I think if nothing would been said or done about her that I would worry more about our society.

    She doesn't have the skills to be the VP of this country and her behavior and demeanor proved it without a doubt! The reaction by the writers and producers of both shows were only doing what had to be done!

    January 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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