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. c.c.

    When all Tina Fay had to do was repeat almost word for word what she herself had already said..And when all Katie Couric did was ask her questions, to which she provided the humorous answerers
    Then who is really to blame ?
    She wasn't prepared and made a joke of herself..

    January 8, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. David, Ventura, calif

    Can you simply take your soap opera and go away – you're pathetic and a Government employee at that – just doesn't make any sense

    January 8, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. John Lewis

    It just kills me to say this about a female who has managed to achieve political success but this woman is as ignorant and uneducated a public official as I have ever seen. She has the temerity to say, "this says a great deal about our society.” Well it most certainly does Miss Palin.

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Eric Johnson

    I am so thankful that pretty Sarah is back in Alaska, cloistered and well away from those disloyal Americans who laugh at SNL. She knows that Hitler really knew a thing or two about how the media and comedy should work! (Don't cha know?)

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Eric

    Who gives a crap, please stop "reporting" about Palin.

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Snake eyes

    Bwaaaahaaa haaa!!
    what a dope. if you didnt like the coverage of your candidacy you should have been a better candidate. Couric and Fey were famous way before this mental powerhouse came along. who is she kidding???

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. maria

    agree with lindsay it says a great deal about you.. trailer trash.

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. PLM

    I don't think I've seen more of a "you think you're better than me" chip on the shoulder since the halcyon days of Dick Nixon. Palin really seems to view people who don't kiss her ring with a barely concealed contempt. Given her well-documented penchant for vindictiveness (like getting a small town librarian fired), we as a country should feel fortunate that she currently has no national political power.

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Liz1388

    Palin's a born Republican: SHE's never, ever to blame for anything. She was not fit for the office of Vice-President and continues to prove that with every new comment.

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    From Dan Quale to W Bush the American electorate has made so many foolish mistakes that rather complain about her press coverage I will just rejoice that we did not make this mistake. Bravo America!

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Girl from NY

    Palin is about as bright as 7-watt night light!

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. No more Palin.....ever

    PLEASE STOP REPORTING STORIES ABOUT HER!!!! She is a complete joke and a waste of space on your web site.

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Jim

    If Palin was so bent out of shape about the SNL skits, why did she appear on the show? Interestingly, SNL mainly used her direct words when satirizing her; the changes still reflect the truth. Maybe that's what hurts, eh, Sarah?

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Pat F

    When Obama says "families are off limits", all the Obamatrons sing Halleujah to the Lord. When Palin says it, it's "what a stupid female".

    Democrats = Hypocrits, Sycophants and Sexist Pigs.

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. The Oggmonster

    This woman should never be allowed to speak to other human beings again. She can go live with a grizzly bear colony in the Alaska wilderness so that she can let the "mama grizzly" rise up in her any time. All of her communications should be made via videotapes that are sent back to civilization tied onto the back of a large bird of prey. CNN please do not give her a voice anymore – for your own sake.

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. CJ in Atlanta

    There is nothing Palin can say, nor a single person she can blame for her own vapid, thoughtless and erratic answers to questions most political candidates address on a daily basis during campaigns.
    This woman will say ANYTHING to advance herself without any thought or consideration of facts. She is pathetic and transparent, her
    ambition is her only concern.

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Ed

    Tina Fey was HILLARIOUS...sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers...haha

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Clayton

    Bridget is right. It's ridiculous to go on SNL to try to improve your campaign and then complain about Fey's treatment of her. If she can't handle Couric and feels exploited, isn't this exactly why she can't handle being the VP? This seems like a pretty good rule of thumb. If you are going to play the victim card after a Couric interview, you aren't made of the stuff to be in national politics. And, if you don't have the wherewithal to appreciate that about yourself, that's just further evidence that you can't handle real responsibility.

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. pbhauser

    Man... I wanted to like her... but it's just not possible. Apparently asking your campaign partner to have a few interviews with Katie Couric is too much to ask. YOU'RE RUNNING FOR VICE PRESIDENT! The only reason those interviews were a bad idea is because Palin was too out of touch. When somebody asks me what type of magazines I read... I have an answer. Hell... she could have said, "I don't read magazines.".... Anything would have been better than, "Um of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years." Finally, Palin needs to show McCain some respect. She is exploiting McCain the same way Fey and Couric supposedly exploited her!

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Sno Masheenrayser

    She continues to upset the myth that MILFs are not only attractive but intelligent. Can't wait to see what Tina Fey does to her this weekend. Palin's continues to be the gift that keeps giving especially in the way of TV ratings and comedic material 🙂

    January 8, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. jeff m.

    Didn't she appear on SNL along side Tina, Alec Baldwin, et.al.? If she was so upset at the cast & writers why did she agree to appear on the very show that trashed her every weekend for 2 months? Seems sort of self serving to me.

    January 8, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. She's Right About Kennedy

    What, exactly, are Kennedy's qualifications, other than her name? The kid-gloves treatment Kennedy is gonna get will be telling.

    January 8, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Melissa

    Palin shouldn't be so offended by the jokes about her daughter. If you choose to do adult things and take on adult responsibilities (a baby), you are fair game.

    I believe if this were the Obama girls those holier and thou people who tell us to leave Bristol alone would be the first to throw stones at Sasha and Malia.

    January 8, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Dina

    If Tina Fey was allowed to parody Caroline Kennedy who knows how funny she could actually be...You know ??????

    January 8, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. ian orwin

    Thank God for Palin she helped prove how unethical media types are.

    January 8, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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