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. Johnny in NC

    Why do people hate her so much? I don't understand it. I know she is not for abortion but a lot of people aren't.

    January 8, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Danielle

    Sarah Palin really needs to stay out of the media for, at least, 60-90 days. With the short attention-span most Americans have, when she re-emerges, most will have forgotten about her missteps. Also, during that time, she should study up on foreign and domestic policy, and most of all, raise her children and help her daughter raise her grandson. All she does is continue to provide fodder for the public and keep fresh in everyone's minds her scandals and other drama which surrounds her. She also needs to take PR 101. Her selfish, over-ambition will be her demise.

    January 8, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. sally

    wasn't it last week – or the week before...Sarah was complaining that she didn't get to do MORE media interviews? Today she is complaining the the campaign made a mistake letting her do the Couric interviews?
    This is just pathetic. But the more she talks (whines) the less her chances are of going anywhere politically in the future.

    January 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. victoria

    I am not going to put Palin down because she is doing a great job at it. the only thing I am going tosay is" Thank God she is not our VP".

    And,

    CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR DAUGHTER ON GIVING BIRTH TO A HEALTHY BABY!

    January 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Cat

    She still trying to blame the media because she is an idiot. I just the McCain camp thought Palin had enought sense to name any papers of magazines she had read to prepare her for the office of VP. It wasn't a trick question... Palin is just Stupid and probably don't read.

    January 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Cathy

    Actually Caroline Kennedy was nicely lampooned by the Daily Show's Jon Stewart who riffed on her "you knows". Sarah needs to get a clue that when you are running for the 2nd highest office (and potentially the highest), trying to find out what kind of reading informs your opinions and decisions is quite justifiable. During the campaign, she had no problem slinging mud at the Obama camp ("hangs around with terrorists"), but can't handle even the smallest amount of justified criticism when it is directed her way. Please, Republicans, find another champion.

    January 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Michael (fort Collins)

    Palin speaking to Tina Fey specifically: To say that a comedian exploited you is like saying a farmer land shouldn't smell like manure...it's what they do, it's there business. Yes some go to far, but public figures who run for National Office must no they are fair game... and comedy is an equal opportunity exploiter there is no line drawn between Republicans and Democrats on that one... Some of my favorite SNL moments were the ones mocking Clinton.

    January 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Sam

    The so-called "point" about the scrutiny of Caroline Kennedy is absurd and blatantly an attempt to criticize anyone but herself for her failings....

    Caroline Kennedy is hoping to become 1 of 100 Senators. Palin was seeking to become next in line for President of the United States. No the scrutiny won't be the same, nor should it. This is just pathetic scapegoating.

    January 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Shaun,FL

    KATHEMAN – You moron!!! That is because OBAMA doesn't use the Media for FAME like PALIN IS DOING. You dummy.

    January 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Gerda Edwards

    Wow...sure are a lot of people with inferiority complexes that feel a need to try and tear Gov. Palin down.

    Fact is, by objective measures, she has more experience than Obama, is smarter and more articulate than Biden, is more qualified than C. Kennedy for office, and talks no less in "standard" English than JFK did (a la "Mista Speaka" = "Mr. Speaker").

    January 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Casey

    This woman just set her own sex back 100 years.

    January 8, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Charles in Colorado

    Get over it Sarah ... You wanted to get in there with the big fish, so everything you ever did and every one you have ever known and your family and pets will all be in a fishbowl. You know that's the way it is; you tried to make up dirt that was not even true about your opposition. So don't whine about it.

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. California Girl

    I have never seen anyone so completely unable to take responsibility for herself. Everything is someone else's fault. AMAZING.

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Dan Chapman

    Palin will do well in the Republican party: she exemplifies their disdain for knowledge and information. They consider reading newspapers as "under the microscope" because they don't care about receiving knowledge; and we already saw how she didn't want to answer direct questions during the debate, in favor of mindless blather directed at her core base of ignoramuses. And we know how Bush valued loyalty over expertise. And forget scientific data–much too inconvenient.

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Mrs. Shankel

    Oh no we want Palin to stay in the news and run again... best thing that ever happened to progressives! Bush shot the Republican party and she will finish it off!

    Note to Palin: We are on your case because your polices like no reproductive rights for women and denying gay families to be built through marriage make you seem like a busy body oppressive control freak over other peoples lives and families. You actually want to make government bigger to enforce your evangelical values on others… values you yourself can’t make happen in your own family! When you do this it makes people hit back. It is clear that you have some problems attending to your own families needs in favor of your narcissistic need for media attention. Turn around and be a mother and a governor and stop whining about failed publicity games you played in. You want to be loved leader learn to take a joke and hard criticism, learn to read, learn to not whine, learn history and geography. Jeez, Obama came to your aid telling everyone to lay off and reminding us he was born to an 18 year old mother out of wedlock and that your family were off limits to the media (he kept his children to a bare minimum of public exposure).. did you thank him…Nooooo you took you kids out of school and paraded them like animals at a petting zoo on every political stage you spoke on. And then you want no one to remark about your kids or family after you make then a public spectacle???

    While I do not think Caroline Kennedy is ready to be a senator at least she keeps her nose out of other peoples’ family lives and is not in support of gov’t forcing everyone to Bronze Age theocratic practices and rule. She has no desires to interfere with your choices in screwing up your own family. Therefore she is less likely to be poked at as much seeing as she is not a hypocrite!

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Angie

    So help me, I try not to read and comment on inane stories like this. But it's like watching a perpetual train wreck.

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. ak

    say what you like about Sarah but while the rest of the country is crying about economy, AK seems to be doing just fine, hmmm..... something to think about?

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Kyle from Michigan

    do this nation a favor and fade into obscurity while we rebuild the best country on the planet without your "leadership". thanks so much.

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Lamper

    It's amazing how her loss is everyone's fault but her own, and that she is even putting down the american society.

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Amazing

    ...as Fred Sanford once said, "Every time she opens her mouth, she gives away her ignorance".

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Proud American

    No matter what your political view is, Sarah Palin is correct. The media made a mockery of this election in more ways than one and many people bought in to it. Have whatever opinion you want, but RESPECT THE FACT that not everyone will agree with it and that sometimes our differences are our strengths.

    Since when do you need to humiliate and degrade people to get a point across? To me the whole Tina Fey thing was about as low as you can go just to "entertain" people. It happens on the playground and we call it bullying. What has the world come to when this is funny and makes people who do it popular?

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. yota

    The entertainment and news media just thinks that they control politics. Obama was elected because of empty promises and certain groups thinking they could further thier own agendas. He is already having problems with his own party (looks like the check might not be in the mail). Fey and Couric are just media puppets. It is people like Palin and McCain, Bush, etc. that will keep us from becoming a subject of the U.N. If we as a country do not wake up, the media is going to take us down.

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. George Arlington, TX.

    Palin needs to get a grip on life. She should have been tossed out of the race ,because she is not qualified for the job. God saved us from her answering the red telephone at 3 AM.

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. OHIO here

    Palin needs a doctor or somone to help

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Kyle, Ca

    If the "kid" is old enough to be getting pregnant and married......fair game.

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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