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. Lucy

    Sarah who?

    January 8, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Morgan

    My word she thinks she would have been treated differently if she ran with Obama. Well I think she would have if that meant her ideology and intelligence pulled a 180 as well.

    Sarah, we don't like your partisan, conservative ideology. You perpetuated a lie about terrorist and Obama, you refuse to speak out against racist e-mails from Alaskan state employees, and you generated hate in your campaign stops. Get a clue!

    Every one of these post-election interview where you are covering your butt after getting demolished in the polls is reaffirming our disgust of you. However, we would like you to run in 2012. It's a victory for Obama.


    – The Majority of America that voted for Obama.

    January 8, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. RL

    Jen, Gainesville, FL January 8th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

    Palin is such a disgrace to strong, working woman. Palin, no brain.

    Are you kidding me, she is what women should strive to be – our morals in this country has gone down the toliet and you know its true – its just popular right now to believe they way you do.

    January 8, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Vicki5

    Leave Katie Couric alone!

    January 8, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    Since Palins performance on Courac's interview was that of an illiterate who had little or no knowledge of the world, and that she was running for a job that could have involved her in world affairs, and that Courac's questions were not the "gotcha type", her performance left her wide open to ridicule. SNL is known for satorizing any public official who looks ridiculous, so it would have been a poor decision to ignore Palins goof ups. Her problems were of her own making, and should not be attributed to others. They were not making a fool of her- she was a self made individual.

    January 8, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. justin

    how is she upset about katie couric? Katie did her job, she asked questions. Is it her fault that she actually asked a co uple good questions and didn't let sarah just fly by in the interview? obviously not. When you're running for president, any question is appropriate and that's sarah's fault that she failed. Her ratings are going up b/c she actually challeneged one of the candidates. Now w/ the SNL skit, I can understand that she's mad but when you're in the public eye, things like that happen. Bill and Hillary, Britney Spears, and every other celebrity gets it just as bad. If you do not want that life then become a doctor, lawyer or garbage woman, dont' run for vice president. I just don't like the whining

    January 8, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. J Russell Finch

    yeah. "Exploited". That's why she went on SNL, appeared in skits, and got jiggy during the spoof rap song on the SNL weekend update.

    This woman needs a mouthful of quick-set cement. My IQ goes down every time i hear her.

    January 8, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. MD

    No, you know what "says a great deal about our society", Sarah?! Here's "a great deal": Someone who didn't know Africa's a continent, thought she was qualified to lead a country. And, something else which speaks volumes: Prior to election day, you were more than happy to praise, and proclaim your readiness to lead, this society you are so critical of now.

    I am so thankful you and John weren't elected, now please, move on!

    January 8, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Val

    She's an idiot. She's upset that Katie simply exposed how very unqualified she really is. If she was so offended by SNL, why the heck would you go on the show? It's scary to think that she could have been the VP.

    I agree, why is she still being interviewed.

    January 8, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Big Harv

    And yet she choose to go on SNL. And to do an interview with Couric.

    January 8, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Angela Mimbs


    January 8, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Grog in Ohio

    Okay... I've wondered about some that complained about the apparent news media obsession with this air headed governor. But now, I too am fed up with seeing her smirk on the national media. Governor Palin's 15 minutes is long gone. Give it a rest. Please. Very few care anymore.

    12 days till the end of the Bush administration.

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Kayode from PA

    Sara Palin is a buffoon.
    The mere though of hearing her speak on ANY topic makes my head hurt. When is she going to find a pneumatic brake for her mouth?

    How could someone of zero intellect like this woman become a governor in country like ours?

    Could some high school English teacher in Alaska please help humanity and offer free lessons for Sarah?

    Someone should please remind Sarah Palin that she doesn't measure up, in intellect or anything, with Caroline Kennedy.
    It's like trying to compare an apple with a rock. Sheesh!!!

    Kayode from PA

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |

    If she read the newspapers or watched news on TV or online, she would know that Caroline Kennedy is totally being hammered!!! However, that's just me. I think Caroline would be great.

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Caroline Kennedy for NYS Senate

    Scot January 8th, 2009 3:53 pm ET

    Hey Sarah, They exploited the idiot in you because you are an idiot.

    LOL... don't you mean they exploited "via" the idiot in her

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. bob

    Maybe Sarah Palin and Campbell Brown could run off together somewhere, never to be heard from again.

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Karen

    Poor little victim Sarah Palin. Is she really the future of the republican party? I doubt it. Why is she even speaking to the press at this point? Oh yeah, because she likes the spotlight.

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Leyda Figueroa

    What does it take for Sarah Palin to realize she was simply above her head. It was more than humorous. It was sadly humorous. Of course people made jokes about it. PTA polotics are great for the PTA bake sale debates, NOT the White House and World Affairs. Please, Mrs. Palin, be grateful for what you ahve accomplished and stay in Alaska, comments and all.

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Theo

    Palin is just hurt and licking her wounds because she couldn't secure the VP position. Now she is just attacking everywhere she can to try and make a name for herself.

    She knew the consequences when accepting to run with McCain. She knew her life would be under a microscope so she can't complain. She talks about her views while her husband and children show otherwise and she expects the world to turn their nose. No way. If she was my VP I would like to know everything about her so that I can make a sound judgement.

    Don't attack Tina Fey or Couric, they were the ones who make 'you' famous. You have a brain (at least I think you do) and you could have responded better to the questions and allegations instead of winking and not answering the questions. You dug your own hole and stop making excuses for your own shortcomings. GROW UP!

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Vic

    Yeah, They exploited her by asking brutal, unreasonable, exploitive questions like "What magazines do you read?"

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. Thom

    This is the future hope for the Republican party?

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Jon

    Sarah Palin has some nerve insinuating that TIna Fey won best entertainer of the year because of her SNL skits. Maybe they dont get the Emmy winning comedy 30 Rock in Alaska.

    January 8, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Rufus Johnson

    They exploited you? They used your exact words? Palin, you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all the time. Many of us in the Good Ol United States of America see quite clearly through you!

    January 8, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. GizzlyAdams

    Is the Governor really this clueless? Fey's crack about Palin's views on the sanctity of matrimony between unwilling teenagers isn't a shot at the kids, you nitwit – it's a shot at you! And shame on you, Governor, for trying to twist it into an attack on poor innocent kids when it's actually a fair commentary on your boorish attitudes. But if you need to hide behind your daughter because you are that dim witted, then a mama grizzly's gotta do what she gotta do, huh?

    January 8, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Joel

    The fact that Palin is a politician at any level, let alone a governor, is what "says a great deal about our society."

    January 8, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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