January 8th, 2009
08:03 PM ET
4 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. AB

    Mama Grizzly did not care for Mama Moose. She lost out to the talent contest with Tina Fey and Katie Couric.

    January 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Alex

    And you were so gracious during your "campaign" – stop being a sore looser.

    January 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. McCain

    Palin, I am sorry the media did unjustice to you! You dress well, wink and talked about issues that made no sense. I am proud of you! But we cannot have a VP like you.

    January 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Tony Zamboni

    Everything is everyone else's fault in Palinlandia.

    January 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Jeannine

    Sarah Palin needs to get a clue!!!!!!!!!!

    The difference between her and Caroline Kennedy is the Caroline has a BRAIN, is POISED and can actually put together a sentence without a WINK or an UM.

    January 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. JimmyE

    Please add Ms. Fey alongside Caroline Kennedy and Katie Couric in my comment post.

    January 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Ron

    Palin: "Here again, cool, fine come attack me. But when you make a suggestion like that that attacks a kid, it kills me."

    That's true it's attacking a "kid", but that kid is now going to learn how to be an "adult" very quickly by her decisions she made to have a baby. So, that goes with rolling with the punches as an adult would have to also.

    January 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. dustin

    You can't compare how the media treated palin with how they treat caroline, because of course it won't get the same attention because there is a huge difference between being VP and being up to be a handpicked senator. The media didn't care when palin didn't know anything and ran for gov, it was only when she had the oppurtunity to be the VP did they start paying attention. But whatever helps her sleep better at night.

    January 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Noah

    Good lord I am so happy McCain-Palin lost! The thought of her being so close to the presidency gave me nightmares throughout the election. Now she's comparing the Vice Presidency to a U.S. Senate seat! Come on, give me a break! I'm not saying Kennedy is qualified to be a Senator but is Palin really comparing the job she was vying for to the job Kennedy wants?!!?

    Thankfully the country is in good hands now. OBAMA-BIDEN!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Jason

    Oh Palin, you were asked to go back to Couric after your first flub to prove you weren't as dumb as people said you were. How silly of the McCain campaign to attempt to convince voters on that, why not just admit you weren't suitable for the job already?

    January 8, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Smith

    Sarah Palin is not news anymore.

    January 8, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Bob the Observer

    A competent, mature woman who should be seen as a role model by most Americans was picked apart by a loud minority of Americans. What was done to Palin proves that public lynching can happen to any color or gender.

    January 8, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. FN Wright

    I hereby nominate Palin for "Hypocrite of the Year."
    Any seconds?

    January 8, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. D.Fitzpatrick

    Oh, Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. There are two kinds of uninformed people - those who know what they don't know (and seek to fill their knowledge gaps), and those who don't know what they don't know ("What gaps?"). She and George Bush are frightening examples of the latter.

    January 8, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Sam, Muncie, Ind.

    Hahah! I think what says a great deal about our society is that this rube ever had a remote possibility of getting into the White House.

    January 8, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Maureen

    But . . . Sarah Palin was cool with appearing on SNL. Not that she was capitalizing on the exposure or exploting anything . . . right?

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Monrob

    When is someone going to tell this woman, Palin, that she is the sole person responsible for her short comings?

    Sarah, questions were asked, cameras rolled, and you spoke. It;s that simple.

    And Tina Fey was star long before the nation heard of you.

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. RH

    But it's alright to exploit your own disabled son?

    This woman is a snake.

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Keep It real

    Boo whoo, whoo, stop whining Palin.

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. H-ROD

    THE FACT THAT SHE WAS ELECTED GOVERNOR SAYS A GREAT DEAL ABOUT OUR SOCIETY!! ( (( YOU BET CHA!!))) WINK WINK !!

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Eli

    Hauckabee/Palin 2012

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. chelseafran

    ....And once again, she's baaack in full babble mode.

    Yep, Sarah, it sure does say a lot about our society. But probably not what you think it says. It says that when an unqualified, hypocritical, unaware–and now, apparently, delusional–ex-beauty queen believes herself to be divinely entitled to hold the second-highest office in this country, we thankfully dodged a bullet this time.

    YOU shamelessly sought out fame, applause and the spotlight, but now are childishly whining about how "so not faaair" it all was.

    YOU are the one who thrust your children under the microscope (or the bus, perhaps) for your own craven self-interest.

    YOU are the one who chased the TV cameras, notoriety, endless interviews and photo-ops. Supermarket tabloid fodder pure and simple.

    YOU are the one who held yourself up as a paragon of "family values, "you betcha down-homeyness" "Joe Sixpack-ness", despite all proof to the contrary. Used haute couture, anyone? I bet they pry those clothes off her the day after hell freezes over.

    YOU invoked the worst qualities of your supporters at your appalling campaign rallies for the whole world to see.

    So you have no one else to blame. But of course you still do.

    Lowest common denominator, thy name is Sarah Palin. Our country is–and deserves– better than that. And now has it, thank God.

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Please

    "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."

    Maybe Sarah Palin should stop pointing the fingers at those interviewing her, and take more accountability for having ridiculous answers. She's just a journalist who tries to work the cameras and play a role in politics, unsuccessfully.

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. shirley from battleford, canada

    Please stop covering this woman. I know that you end with hundreds of comments that say the same thing. She craves attention and wants to stay in the limelight. She has proven over and over and over again her lack of credibility as a person. Please do not continue to give her that attention. She would be better served being the govenor and a parent to her children.

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. Wayne Smith

    Would someone PLEASE tell that woman to shut up and GO AWAY.

    January 8, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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