January 8th, 2009
08:03 PM ET
3 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. Jack in Florida

    If she was so appalled by the impersonation of her by Tina Fey then she should not have participated by appearing on SNL. She is an idiot and the media new she was an idiot and the interviews by Katie Couric proved it.

    Please stop talking and go throw some wood on the fire!

    January 8, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. sally

    poor Sarah is still trying to exploit her 15 minutes of fame. What says a lot about our society is that some people in this country actually voted for her for VP – very scarey indeed!

    January 8, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. David Rubin

    She needs to get over herself.

    If I were here I'd have made sure my daughter wasn't pregnant to a high school dropout.

    January 8, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. wrgaff

    PLEASE, PLEASE, run for President

    January 8, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. heartlight3

    I think Palin had a defensive overreaction to the question of what newspapers she reads. I didn't think the implication was that Alaskans are isolated and ignorant, but rather wanting to know which news organizations informed her worldview. It was a very valid and relevant question. If someone gets all their information from Fox news, TNR or the Weekly Standard it indicates a different mindset and worldview than someone who gets their information from MSNBC, Newsweek, Huffington Post or The Nation. I would be more inclined to vote for someone who is got their information from both conservative and liberal sources. Her reaction says more about Ms. Palin than about Katie Couric.

    January 8, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. Arnold

    The beautiful thing about Tina Fey's portrayal of Palin was that much of what she said was VERBATIM of what Palin had said. Palin looked like a clown out on the campaign trail, how could anyone help but laugh. As far as SP's anger over the "unwilling teenagers" joke, she is nothing but a hypocrite. She trotted her family out when it suited the campaign, but became indignant when anyone had anything negative to say about the family. If we're super lucky, Sarah Palin will forever fall back into obscurity where she belongs.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. StarwindE

    Does this person have to appear in the news so often? She could have refused to appear on SNL and to do the follow up interviews with Couric. Perhaps this is a reflection on her capabilities.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Lia

    She really has no room to bash others for capitalizing on her voluntary public presence. She herself capitalized on her family, her golly gee gosh average Joe schtick, and her bikini clad gun toting hottie image. The American public has every right to expect that someone running for VP is educated, articulate, and experienced, and would not come forward for the office unless they had the ability to help lead the country. She still has no idea why she didn't get the pageant crown...I mean, the VP job.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. ben

    Of course she won't admit that the reason the interview went poorly was because she was out of her league and just plain stupid. The only future for this woman is jail once all of her covered up transgressions come to light.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Joe

    The blame game continues.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Dealt, Lisbon

    Yes, Palin... you " oh don’t know". You never did.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. DP

    If she doesn't like the spotlight, maybe she should get out of politics.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. arc, Lugano CH

    It was unjust that Tina Fey was nominated for entertainer of the year. Palin won that honor hands down, agreed the world around!

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Soldier and Former Republican

    My goodness, won't this lady ever go away? She lost, not even the main man on the GOP ticket is heard from as much as she is. McCain had the graciousness and good judgement to step away from the media for a while. She really needs to follow his lead. The country has Palin-exhaustion.
    GO AWAY!!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. dibick99

    i guess sarah can't take a joke. but she does well in using her office for own purposes. to wit: getting an apprenticeship for her grandchild's father – supposedly for someone with a high school diploma which the boy didn't have.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Angel

    Perplexing is inciting hatred and racism while campaigning and not thinking anything is wrong with it. Perplexing is using God's name at the same time posing to get votes and attention for yourself out of greed, self-love, thirst for power and a blatant disregard for overall human welfare. Perplexing is condeming others for what your own family is guilty of. Perplexing is that no one is supposed to recognize that reaching the top doesn't necessarily mean you've made it on intelligence and hardwork. Sometimes it is just being the right look for the agenda being pushed. Perplexing is that during the campaign Katy Couric did her job (thanks Katy Couric) and Tina Fey did hers as well while Palin feigned being a good sport. So much for it really being what it seemed, but then what has been the past eight years. More of the same

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. IhATedaRePuBlIkaNz

    Caroline Kennedy is smart and yo country tale is stuupid!

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Mike

    Sarah – Shut up, go away.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Chris

    Can't we just get her to shut up by hooding her like a hawk?

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. SteveCO

    The "mom grizzly" rises in her....ooh, how scary.

    You ignorant wretch. That's exactly what you're doing to your daughter and that loser of a boyfriend. The best humor is based on truth.

    Now, exploiting 9-11 for your own personal gain, like you with Bill Ayers, *that*, you inexperienced loser, is exploitation. Being married to a man who is a traitor to the U.S., her hubby the Alaskan secessionist – *that's* exploitation.

    Starting to get what exploitation really means?

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. malclave

    And the libs are still celebrating their hatred and intolerance. But those are, after all, the very cornerstones of modern political liberal thought.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Kev from Alabama

    Palin is not very bright, but Kennedy is living off a name. She is underqualified just like Palin. We need to stop picking people because of what their fathers and relatives have done. It messed up monarchies back in the day, and it's a big problem of what is wrong today. People elect names.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Jimmy in CO

    Also someone remind her what clan Caroline is from. Thats not to say she should be a senator, but um, she is a Kennedy, hello airhead.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Luther

    Are you perplexed that you were not up to the task of being our Nations next Vice President and was exposed by a comedian. Couric is a journalist and is trained to ask probing questions that you as a politician should have no problem with. Go back to Alaska and leave the serious Politics to those that can handle it without having their dad(McCain) answering for them.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. stephanie

    she realizes she went on SNL to capitalize on its popularity.

    January 8, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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