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. JT

    If she was so upset at Tina Fey for her skits, why did she go on the SNL show?

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. green texan

    Sarah didn't do any "fumbling" in this interview... couldn't have been more accurate in anything she said. Still love ya, Sarah! Maybe you should go after a percentage of their earnings.

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. drone

    Noone told you to open your mouth and make stupid comments...you did that all by yourself.

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Jay

    She has nobody to blame but herself, LOL.

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. irene

    Sarah Palin is a stupid sore loser. She's just mad that the GOP couldn't fix this election like the last two (which they also did not win.) Shut up and go home. Sarah you're not the center of anybody's universe but your own.

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    It's funny how Tina Fey could get tons of laughs during a skit by quoting almost VERBATIM what Sarah Palin actually said.

    What does that say about Sarah Palin?

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Jim from Dallas

    Please let this poor, under-qualified person die the political death she deserves. She is yesterday's news.

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Real Change

    Sarah Palin is like the cockroach. She lives on and will not go away.

    Why is this news?????????????

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. john

    She claims her media treatment "says a great deal about our society.” but doesn't leading a state with drug manufacturing and record teen pregnancy say more? Throw that first stone...... She is indeed a Leader of Her People.

    January 8, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Who cares?

    My hope was that after November 4, 2008, Palin's 15 minutes of fame would be over. Why should any of us care what she thinks about anything that is not related to her duties as Governor of Alaska?

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Suzanne Graham

    Nobody need a microscope to see what Palin had to offer. If fact, she got soft questions that she had difficulty answering. Remember her campaign said she was ready for the big show. It was theirs and hers to prove. I think they fell way short. I for one am happy to have an articulate, intelligent, engaged president/vice president of the United States after a bit of a dry spell.

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Joel Miller

    Sour grapes. Palin couldn't answer Couric's legitimate questions and blew the interview. That's not Couric's fault. She was just doing her job and in the process revealed Palin's lack of preparedness to be VP or President. End of story already.

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. jj

    It's remarkable the lack of perspective Sarah Palin continues to show. First of all, Caroline Kennedy has been a public figure since she was a toddler. The Kennedy Family has arguably received more ink and tape over the past 50 years than any family on the planet. CK went to Radcliffe (now Harvard) and graduated in four years (as opposed to SP's five colleges in six years or whatever it was), has written at least three books, has served the public for years and has raised more money for good causes than there are snowflakes in Alaska. Oh, and she "running" for one of 100 Senate seats.

    On the other hand, we have Sarah "I can see Russia" Palin who, prior to being the Republican's nominee for VICE PRESIDENT and a heartbeat away from the presidency, was the governor of the least populated state in the country, the mayor of a town of 6,700, and a beauty queen. I'll leave out all the family drama, politically shallow and hypocrisy stuff, but really, some perspective please.

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Proud American

    Typical Idiot Republican this lady don't even realize just how stupid she is. You were put under the microscope because if your Idiot won and died you would have been President of the United States. Thank God Americans didn't buy your crap. Go Away. Idiot.

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Annie

    She doesn't matter, she's nothing.....please, stop giving her play.....make her GO AWAY !!!!!

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. ArchieDC

    Put a lid on your Grizzly hole, Palin.

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Sheryl

    Palin you are no Caroline Kennedy!!! Give me a break you did poorly and you injected race so don't cry foul!!!

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. John

    How sick of this loony to use being a women a a defense. Caroline Kennedy's treatment by the press has nothing to do with her. Palin was never once critisized or mocked for being a women candidate. It shows how clueless she really is to here that now. She was mocked and ridiculed because she is an idoit. Her gender, race or age had no factors, the women is a clown, nothing more.

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Tara

    Lady (and I use that term loosely....), you are NO Caroline Kennedy.....

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    Please, the only one who was exploited was you Governor. Exploited by John McCain!

    January 8, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Mikey from San Antonio

    Gov. Palin,


    January 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. Caribou Barbie Go Away!!!!!

    This woman needs to shut the hell up and leave the rest of us alone!!! Enough already.......As far a Katie not being the center of anyones universe......NEITHER ARE YOU. Let's put it this way, those of us in the lower 48 would be thrilled if you would just go back to the frozen tundra and continue to mess up the people of Alaska (poor souls are probably sick of her to).

    As for Carolyn Kennedy, don't go there.......she's been under a microscope her whole life and has come out pretty darn well.....and how dare you even attempt to put yourself on the same level. There is one blarinly obvious difference here.... she has a functioning brain, and that is something which you are sorely lacking.

    January 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. rbacklar

    Clearly, irony and satire are entirely lost on this woman. As is any sense of self-reflection.

    January 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Bernard

    This from the woman who gladly, at the time, went on the show? She loved the spotlight and now that she lost, she is lashing out.

    January 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Nancy

    Sarah, you're a big whiner.

    January 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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