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. nobuddy

    Sarah – your 15 minutes are up. Next stop for you is a trivial pursuit question. You betcha!

    January 8, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. jeeeshh

    The recurring nightmare is back again.

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Thankful...

    ...Sarah won't be able to see the White House from her front porch. Too amusing that the same woman who sat next to Seth Meyers on SNL's "Weekend Update" set and did her best "raise the roof" during Amy Poehler's hysterical Sarah Palin rap now feels exploited.

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Jems

    Amazing how the liberal idiots dominate this blog!!!! If Obama had half the experience Palin has in governing ANYTHING; we might have a chance in getting our country back in track. Let’s don’t even go near Caroline Kennedy who's only qualifications is having the name Kennedy. The poor liberals are looking for their handouts while the rich liberals are looking for the satisfaction that they suckered half the country into believing their way it the right way. Way to go – Obama voters!!! You’ll wait forever waiting for YOUR CHANGE – which isn’t happening. Continue drinking your kool-aid and you'll be fine.

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. aj marooni

    Is anyone suprised that a beauty-queen from 20 years ago has never had to resort to thinking on her own; that every question since has been pre-scripted? I am not quite sure that handling a major situation should require no more competence than to read aloud from a protocol checklist or a field manual for that matter. Adam Rivas in Georgia is the coolest dude in the world by the way!

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Lisa

    Oh my! The thought that this idiot could've been VP gets more frightening everytime she opens her mouth. Can you just imagine if the Repugs won and the old geezer and the moose dresser were having to put together a team like Obama is doing now? God, is that ever scary!

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Charm

    It's amazing how this dolt can't see the big picture. And now to compare herself to Kennedy? Someone of susbtance? The air must be very, very thin up there in Alaska.

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Lilly

    Sarah, people are not going to take you seriously if you continue with this nonsense.

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Dave

    Sarah Palin made Tina Fey into a star?

    Sarah Palin who nobody had heard of 3 months ago made Tina Fey who was head writer for SNL (granted not during their strongest years), who has her own award-winning TV show in primetime, who has made multiple major motion pictures into a star?

    Sure, I blame Palin for continuing to speak (at all, much less to the press), but we also have to hold responsible the people who are listening, writing it down, and reporting it. Can't we make her go away yet? Please, CNN, just stop listening to her!!

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Fed Up

    CNN where do you find these teeny tiny people. If this is reprentative of your audience. I'm leaving.

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. liz

    Look at the vitriol on this forum. It's amusing to see how many young Einsteins on here call the sitting governor of a state, and who is popular amongst her constituents, an idiot. I guess it's easy to lob those grenades from your cubicle while the boss has his back turned.

    She made it to the governorship pretty much on her own, quite a feat for anyone.

    What's worse is that most of the clowns on here don't stop with her, but bring her children in to it.

    Your comments prove her point.

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Sharon

    I don't know how in the world this woman can blame anyone except herself. Every time she opened her mouth trying to act educated is when she messed her own self up. If you are not knowledgeable in a subject error, you don't sit there like an idiot waiting for the words to fall out of the sky into your mouth. You simply just say I have no experience or knowledge in the area in which you speak and just maybe you wouldn't have looked as stupid as she really is. The idea of her to think that she has all of this experience and has a degree in journalism kind of makes me wonder what were her grades. The woman is a phony, pretentious, babbling idiot who thinks that her looks will get her by. Stay at home, take care of your child that needs you and stay off the screen.

    January 8, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Abuse of power

    Yeah, Palin blames the "media" (shocking, right?) for asking simple questions, and then the governor blames the campaign, Tina Fey...

    No, Palin, "...it also says a great deal about..." you. Sorry, "...you're not the center of everbody's universe."

    January 8, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Keith Johnsen

    Governor Palin doesn't know how to use "via" in a sentence and we're the jerks for laughing at her?
    I'm confused.

    January 8, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Ryan UT

    How long did Hillary get bashed? palin got 12 weeks because no one knew her? big freaking deal.

    Can we get real news now?

    January 8, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    The media attacked Gov. Palin because she does not bend at the alter of abortion. On the contrary, she walked the walk and had her beautiful downs syndrome child and sustained life instead of destroying it.

    Had Gov. Palin (and her daughter, for that matter) had an abortion, "perky" Katie Couric and her leftist peers would have embraced Sarah Palin for her "courage" and "strength".

    In my view, feminists have been exposed for the phonies that they are;
    they do not respect the rights of conservative women.

    January 8, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Leviticus

    Peggy Hill, Shut up, your show got canceled.

    January 8, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. say it aint so sarah

    Sarah you are no Caroline Kennedy ,Hillary Clinton or any of the other intelligent women in office.Good thing the campaign wasn"t the Gong Show you would have been Gonged and sent back to Alaska before the election ever got started you stupid,witch-crafting freak.Just where is that silly witch doctor of yours somewhere shouting in the name of Sarah

    January 8, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. jean in MN

    Sarah Palin. The gift that keeps on giving – to the Democratic party. Let's hope she's still around to run in 2012.

    January 8, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Chad in Cincinnati

    Yep... All Tina and Katie's faults for Sara tripping and getting the stupid all over herself. You betcha and also!

    Why does anyone still bother to stick a microphone in this person's face? Is it because we've become used to our leaders saying (and doing) feeble-minded things and now that the country will soon be run by someone coherent, we need the comic relief?

    January 8, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Aer

    Cry me a river!

    January 8, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Linda

    And of course Governor Palin is so correct. But then again, it takes strong women to make things happen.

    If the media treated OBambi with the fraction of the negative, attacking and accusatory coverage, he would have been freaking out, smoking cigarettes on the stump and holding weekly press conferences to accuse the media as being racist.

    So they got a break from the Governor, but she is also spot on that she is what this country needs and we will be WAITING FOR HER!!!

    January 8, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. SAW

    If you don't like what's happened so far, watch what's going to happen if you run for 2012... You got off really easy, I think.

    January 8, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Steve



    Make her go away. Like the people who rave about her, she is a total illiterate and does not deserve her title as Governor. Please run in 2012 Sarah..Pretty please...

    She's a MORON...........

    January 8, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Sarah

    Sarah you were used by the party. They are done with you now.

    January 8, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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