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. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    Hey Sarah.....done anything beneficial for Alaska lately, or are you too busy with the Sarah Palin Self Promotion Tour?

    Make a belated New Year's resolution and resolve to focus on the job people elected you to do. You're getting a hefty salary for that.....not to mention a stipend for living in the Governor's Mansion when you still live in your own house. (Not too squeaky clean on that little issue, are you?)

    January 8, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. JimG

    Anyone deserves continued scrutiny when they're seeking a crucial office, yet demonstrate with every statement and action that they're clueless. Apparently Palin can't even grasp the point of the "unwilling teenagers" joke: It's not an attack on your kid, lady. It's an attack on your own "family values/personal responsibility" hypocrisy.

    As for why she's still news – I'm sick of her too, but so long as the wingnuts keep waving her around as the Great White Republican Hope, her serial idiocy needs to stay on public view. We can't afford to forget why we rejected her in 2008.

    January 8, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Who Cares

    "Oh how I love using liberal standards in responding to these issues."

    Then you ought to try it sometime, instead of the standard Republican cheap smear thru innuendo.

    January 8, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. lynn0807

    Palin should not even compare herself to any of these women. She is barely educated and can hardly string a cohesive thought or a sentence together. What good has she ever done for this country that she didn't receive a dime for? She only took the nomination to make a name for herself and she still can't get out of the media 3-4 months later. Fey, Couric, Clinton and Kennedy are intelligent, funny, prepared, and do not sell their souls for the media spot light. Each one of them has contributed something to this nation freely... Palin kills animals from Planes, makes fun of the average person not from Alaska, thinks we should pay for her entire families wardrobe, thinks ethics do not apply to her, only to her opponents. She is the train wreck in her own career. Her daughters boyfriend was given a job by her husband's company when he knocked up her daughter so she would look good on national tv... Come on...talk about selling snake skin oil.....

    January 8, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Linda in MS

    Sounds like a huge, steaming pile of polar bear poop to me.

    January 8, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. NM

    When you're in a hole, stop digging!

    January 8, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Rahn Hasbargen New Brighton, MN

    Newport News, VA January 8th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

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

    ----

    Like President elect Obama put his on the Democratic convention stage. This means the kids are now fair game......

    January 8, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. ROLL TIDE

    1-08-09 Thursday, 3:18 pm I have read this article but reading the comments regarding it are pathetic. Sometimes you just need to SHUT UP. If you can't say something nice about someone don't say anything. Sarah Palin or anyone in that position doesn't deserve all the trash the public seems to enjoy dishing out. Just remember what goes around comes around!

    January 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. A conservative christian

    as a christian I am offended by Sarah Palin. Instead of focusing on the media, I would rather she focus on her family and her job. It is obvious that her daughter and future son-in-law is going to need a lot of guidance and support since they do not have high school diplomas and are teenage parents. Furthermore, her son in iraq, her son with learning disabilities and her other two daughters will also need her love, support, guidance, and utmost attention. Add to that a husband and the whole state of Alaska, and well, the media is the least of her worries. This isn't about liberal or conservative this is about a mother/wife/governor who is failing her family and her state chasing national political fame.

    January 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. chuck

    DID SARAH EAT PARROT'S BEHIND FOR LUNCH ?MAN! SHE JUST CANNOT SHUT-UP.

    January 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. free

    Hey, the real GENIUS of this mess is JOHN MCCAIN...

    January 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Nick-o

    If Palin wasn't such an bumbling idiot all the time, we wouldn't have such great comedic portrayals about her.

    She should have known that she wasn't ready for the big leagues. Stay cool, Sarah....stay in Alaska.....please.

    January 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. Wedgie

    I suppose when you get up on the stump and look stupid, talk stupid and hope nobody notices that you are stupid, you set yourself up for attacks. I thought there was a thing in the US that protected free speech.

    Fey's job was to lampoon you! Couric's was to interview you. You provided a royal flush of comedic material and were lucky you didn't have to speak directly to other journalists once the world knew how unprepared and silly you looked.

    Goodbye already.

    January 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Walt D

    There is really no need for further coverage of this person. She exploited McCain and the news media, and now she complains of being exploited.

    If I understood Couric, Palin asked for another interview. And it was Palin who responded to simple direct questions by Couric by making an a_s out of herself. With Fey, she loved the attention from SNL and kept coming back to be on SNL It's time for this person to stop playing victim. And its time for the media to drop coverage of her. Our country has far more important matters to deal with then to hear anything further about this great family values family.

    January 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Dude

    For the next release, Palin 2.0, I'd like to see a politician who is versed in rhetoric and able to deliver a cogent sound bite:

    They exploited me, they exploited my family, they exploited my kids.
    –OR–
    To ridicule me is simply politics; to ridicule my kids is simply pathetic.

    Palin also needs to take the off season and seriously wonk up. As a random governor snatched out of Alaska, she performed as well as could be expected. However, if she wants to stay on the scene, she needs to become well versed, and be ready to rumble with anyone about issues.

    January 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Michael

    I love this line from the article "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" Did she not complain every second of the campaign that McCains camp would not let her do interviews...

    January 8, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Reg

    This lady is the gift that keeps on giving! Crying about her
    "twelve week campaign"! She exploited herself by taking
    the offer to be VP of The United States.

    What a Maroon! As Bugs would say!

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Trueman

    Maybe they haven't gone after Obama's family the same way because two sweet, smart, and well-rounded children just aren't as entertaining as a clan of high-school drop outs, knocked up teenagers, and snow-machine racing hillbillies (all with redneck names to boot).

    God Bless America, a country where equal opportunity includes everybody, even trailer trash.

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Connie

    Good grief Sarah! How easily you forget YOU are the one who paraded your underage, unwed, pregnant daughter on stage making her international news. YOU are the one who keeps doing interviews and posting news releases about Bristol and Levi on your official website. YOU are the one once again whining about them to the media.

    As far as Tina Fey goes, she is a talented comedian. If you paid any attention you would have realized all political candidates from the recent election were parodied. Didn't YOU make the decision to appear on SNL?

    Katie Couric is a journalist who handled you with kid gloves; YOU were the one who could not provide answers for some very easy questions. YOU were the one who was unprepared for the interviews. Look in the mirror Sarah and you will find the root of all your problems. Stop the whining it’s your own fault.

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Hillary

    "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."

    -If she's so much of a kid then she shouldn't be gettin' married and havin' a baby. If she's old enough to be getting married and having babies she's old enough to be the punch line of an SNL skit.

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    Hey Sarah.....done anything beneficial for Alaska lately, or are you too busy with the Sarah Palin Self Promotion Tour?

    Make a belated New Year's resolution and resolve to focus on the job people elected you to do. You're getting a hefty salary for that.....not to mention a stipend for living in the Governor's Mansion when you still live in your own house. (Not too squeaky clean on that little issue, are you?)

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  22. Rahn Hasbargen New Brighton, MN

    Newport News, VA January 8th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

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

    ----

    Like President elect Obama put his on the Democratic convention stage. This means the kids are now fair game......

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. Jill

    Sorry, I just don't understand the continued expression of hatred for this woman. So, you didn't like her and you didn't vote for her. Why continue to berate her? Put your energy into praising the duo that you elected. Lord knows, they've got a lot to accomplish once in office.

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Bob

    Sarah Palin's very existence as a smart attractive conservative woman and wildly successful Governor aggravates liberals to no end.
    They suffer from PDS, Palin Derangement Syndrome.
    God Bless Palin !

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Marv...

    Wow.... Talking about the pot calling the kettle black. What the heck was she doing when she was pumping up the anger and fears of the KKK? Stop blaming the media. The media just asked the questions....She answered with that messed up English. I'm one of those Americans who believe when you are a guess in a Country, then you should learn the language. Well Sarah, learn English.

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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