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. John Williams

    I would take the box of rocks over this nitwit. What an ego! Shut up!
    Nobody cares what your talking points are now...everyone saw you don't know anything!

    January 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Miguel

    The only one to blame here is herself. Nobody jam a gun to her to do the interview with KC. Pretty amazing how Ms. Palin spin things.

    January 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Robert Britt

    She was willing to do anything to get publicity. She became famous (or infamous) for her gaffes. Now she points a finger (not that finger) at society. without her perhaps McCain might have won, so we owe her that.
    soon there comes a day where she fades away. hooray!

    January 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Kevin, IL

    Give me a break. Of course comedians exploit politician's mistakes, that is what they do for a living. If Sarah tough girl barracuda is getting her feelings hurt, then stop giving them material! She is clearly doing better on her interviews now, but there is no denying her nerves got the best of her when she was pushed into the spotlight. Sarah Palin needs to stop blaming the media for everything gone wrong. She certainly had the blessing of Fox News and they treated her with kid gloves.

    January 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. IhATedaRePuBlIkaNz

    I em PROUD to BE part of A party that picks on the Loosing candidate after the election is over. WE RULE!

    January 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. DON'T FALTER...





    January 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. OBAMA 4 President

    This woman needs to shutup!

    How on earth she can blame others for her shortcomings, I don't know. Such pride!

    So much for being a christian. Whom the Lord loveth, he chastises. No one heard Barack complain when he and his wife were depicted as terrorists in a political sattire in the New York Times.

    GROW UP Sarah, own your faults! First step to fixing them.

    January 8, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Ethan

    If Palin can't take the heat, she should get out of the fire (as in leave politics forever).

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Deanna, CA

    Note to Palin:

    Now that your daughter has had her baby, send her back to school. And while you're at it, go WITH HER.

    It's amazing how far you can advance when speaking grammatically correct.

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. mb

    First she blurted out her ignorance in front of the media,then she fired up conservatives with 'hot talk'.Add attending mock calls with zeal to the list and that makes her one dumb woman.Given the fact that she cant bring herself to keep silent when she is on unfamiliar turf makes her the perfect disaster!

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Tough Lady, NC

    Enough, why do we keep being tortured. What a camera hog. I didn't say pig.

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. Theresa Lawrence

    Oh cry me a river! Sara Palin can't get over the fact that she had a complete lack of intellect as well as common sense to think that no one was going to notice how obviously clueless she was and still is. She should thank Tina Fey for even keeping her name in the spotlight. And if she was so offended by the skits on SNL then why did she appear on the show? It seems like Sara Palin blames everyone except herself for even accepting John McCain's offer to make her VP in the first place.

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Ursula

    She is a dumb one! They only keep her in the news to make us laugh....

    WINK 😉

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Sam Cimino

    I watched both her interviews on TV and it was obivious Governor Palin was in over her head, and if she has any palns about 2012 I suggest she do her homework staring now. Otherwise blaming the media is just sour grapes

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. paulaj

    When is this woman going to stop blaming everyone else for her failure(s).... the MAJORITY of voters rejected her for one reason or another... if she wants to get back into the scene, perhaps she should look around her own backyard and clean it up a little... so her family is not scutinized so closely... my feeling is that she is loving this attention no matter what form it takes and could care less about anything else.

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Frits Timothy

    That's right, Sarah. Society's to blame...

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Jeffery

    I think that Palin is spot on for being upset wit h the media's portrayal of her. I have always felt that SNL is instrumental in making or breaking a candidate. It was clear that people's reflections of her drew more from the show making fun of her and helping to ruin her credibility, although on the other hand she really didn't elp herself much either in front of the cameras. SNL has no right to slander her family, that is uncalled for and unprofessional regardless of how funny it may sound at the time.

    I also feel that the sentiment in the media all around is that everyone was upset with the last 8 years with Bush and they took their anger and frustrations out on Palin and the Republican party as a whole.

    I may have not agreed with Palin or the party in general on many issues but I do feel she got a bad rap more than she should have.

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. steve

    Shoo, Palin. Get outta here!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    This woman just continues to come off as a complete moron. Alaskans, you deserve better than this!!

    January 8, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Jacque Bauer

    Fey got rich off of a genetic coincident, not brilliant talent. She was a forgotten has-been comic, and in fact she has just as quickly returned to one. She cries herself to sleep every night because McCain-Palin did not win...

    January 8, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Tim

    If you're going to run for President (via the VP route), then you know the job is dangerous when you take it. If she can't handle satire – which is protected under the 1st Amendment via Fair Comment – then she is hardly going to be able to handle world affairs. And if she cannot protect her kids from the public spotlight – as the Clintons and Bush's seemed capable of doing – then she's hardly the person I want in charge of national security.

    January 8, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Kris

    Please just go away – did you really expect society to change just for you??? You were playing with the big boys – grow up!

    January 8, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Mister G

    Didn't she go on SNL herself? So who's going to criticize her taking advantage of them taking advantage of her?

    January 8, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. CAG/GA

    We're a proud GOPer and PROUD of you Sarah
    Nix these entertainers and inept media persons – – who needs them
    Who do they think they are anyway

    January 8, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Ivar

    Excuse me Sarah Palin, but are you not exploiting the fame you received as a result of Senator McCain's decision to select you as his running mate. Nobody has made themselves more visible to the press than you since Election Day. Do not accuse others of exploiting and taking advantage of some limelight they received because they covered you, when you have made out as the biggest beneficiary.

    January 8, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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