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. Kathy

    Madame, you are no Caroline Kennedy.

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Laurel Bohl

    In the words of Simon Cowell, "Off you go now....."

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. ray

    this woman is a big, big big time moron.

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Yes We DId 08!!!

    Clearly she's not intelligent enough to understand what political satire is, or that Fey's line about marriage was an attack on her, certainly not the kids.

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Loren

    If the shoe fits...don't complain if someone throws it at you.

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Jim D from IL

    That's rich, coming from someone as dumb and utterly incapable as she is.

    PLEASE RUN IN 2012!!!!

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Notnek

    Palin is just as big a joke as Jessy Ventura from Minnesota.. A one shot wonder.

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

    Please take care of your business in Alaska and leave the rest of
    the U.S. alone. We had to endure enough during your campaign.

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. In Houston, TX

    It's the hypocrisy of our democracy that I can't stand.
    She feels exploited? (she can't even spell exploited)
    Does she know that most of the material Tina Fey used came straight out of Sarah Pailin's mouth? Nobody can make that kind of stuff up.

    And her constant presence in the politcal limelight all but garauntees that she is the new voice, face and ideaological preference of the GOP. Which proves to me that they are the authors of the anti intellectual movement that has swept across America

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Governor Palin plainly doesn't understand the differences in offices in American government. Running for Senate, as Caroline Kennedy is, is a world of difference from being a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Truth Be Told

    "The mama grizzly rises up in me, hearing things like that,"

    ...gotta love that slang...LOL...LOL...

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Joe M

    Sarah, I agree with Lindsay, it says a great deal about you. You didn't have to accept all those clothes, make up artists, hair stylist. You didn't have to cram your so-called family values down our throats. Your inexperience came through as well.

    Now you have an unmarried daughter with a baby son, the mother-in-law to be has been arrested on eight felony drug charges, the son-in-law to be has quit or is not eligible for his apprentice program. What kind of an example does this set. Does your "version" of Christianity condone this?

    Sorry, but I'm seeing and Alaskan edition of "The Simpsons" albeit much better looking.

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Mari

    Just heard on CNN's Situation Room that Palin is watching to see how the media handles Caroline Kennedy! She says that had she been a Democratic nominee her treatment would have been different. Actually ..... NO. You still would have been asked tough questions, governor.

    BUT......... the far-right-holier-than-thou-family-values crowd would have crucified YOU, Sarah Palin, for abandoning your infant son, and your family! OH..... and Bill-O-the-Clown would have railed about your teen-age daughter's pregnancy! So...... there you are, hypocrites on "your side" would have nailed you had you been a Democrat!

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Kentucky Bob

    Sure she's dumb, but she's still hot!

    January 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Cathy

    I these tough times it nice to hear from Mama greasely bear Palin...

    choo choo chooo that how we drive away irritating chickens in africa...

    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Ryan, IL

    palin you did this to yourself! the only thing that it reflects in our society is that we don't like liars or people that don't think things through before blurting them out on national tv. you were BEGGING to be exploited!

    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Shaun,FL

    By the Way KATHEMAN – WHAT (2) Losers went on SNL to make fun of themselves during a presidential Campaign. I don't think OBAMA and Biden would do that, because there is other things they are doing. Lets think – Figuring out a plan to better AMERICA.

    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. letitbenews

    Whatever happened to: "what happened in Alaska stays in Alaska"??? For goodness sake, Sarah Palin happened in Alaska, born, raised, educated(?) married, hunts, lies, etc etc etc. Please people leave her there with their main stream media not ours. What are we going to have to do to get rid of her and her family??? Good ole boy Todd the husband when home, excepted defeat, got himself a cold beer, sat down and shut up. Why can't she?

    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. legal in nc

    Just more proof that liberals are really as idiotic as they appear. To say that she is whining is like saying Barack Obama has the experience needed to be president. Neither is an accurate statement!

    It is not ok to say barack "HUSSEIN" obama but it is ok to attack private citizens such as Palin's children as Tina Fey did. You idiots on the left show your true colors,,, you can attack others but are not strong enough to be attacked back. Just wait until someone slams baracks kids and see if you think it is still funny.

    Trust me the joke will be on you liberals b4 all this charade of a CHANGE is done.


    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Katie

    Seriously.. can we move on to more important topics - What did Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner name their new baby girl?

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

    real witty katheman

    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. saj

    Couric is a seasoned journalist and she is no joke like you Sara Palin. Please just go away to Alaska or ....... Russia and stop talking about other people

    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. richard

    We have no future with Obama and the democrats bankrupting America

    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Newport News, VA

    She's the one who put those kids on the national stage. She has no one to blame but herself.

    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. SGJ

    There is no comparison between the two woman.

    One went to Columbia Law, the other jumped from one school to another spent 5 years of her life to get JUST a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho.

    I thank God every day she didn't get elected.

    January 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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