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. Isabel

    As a middle-aged woman who grew up during women's liberation, I so wanted her to be a good example of how women can succeed. Palin is a whiner, weak, and exactly the kind of person (man or woman) who does not have the character to lead. She is hypocrite, ethnocentric, and painfully unaware of the world. Probably even more pathetic is the committee that vetted her.

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Mara

    Is she serious. She exploited herself, all by herself period. Get over it Sarah. Go home and cry yourself to sleep on your huge pillow. Never blame others for your mistakes. Idiot.

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. FC

    Sarah – don't compare yourself to Caroline Kennedy. A junior senator is a long way off from possible President of the United States.

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

    I love Sarah!

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. llinmpls

    Poor poor dear, don'cha know that YOU did poorly in the interview – not McCain?? It was McCains bad judgement that put you there in the first place. Maybe Momma Grizzly should be working for the State of Alaska abstinence program and worrying about meth use instead of taking pot shots at comediennes and news anchors. Don'cha know that figureheads for the aristocracy look like fools when they go after the court jesters?

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Ken

    After her interview with Couric, I REALLY wish that the debate had not been rigged so that there were no cross questions from the opposing candidate. Now – THAT would have been a debate!! Not a fiasco like the one she was allowed to do where she could refuse to answer any question that she didn't like – and did just that!! Remember that McCain wanted to cancel (or postpone) one debate and replace this one. He already knew what we were yet to discover – she is dumber than a bag of hammers.

    January 8, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. ve

    Dennis, I guess you didn't watch the Daily Show on Tuesday night. They made fun of Kennedy.

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Sue

    Oh my, before they lost so convincingly, Palin was proud of giving SNL material, wasn't she?

    And the interviews? If she wasn't ready, she should have said so. My guess is that she welcomed any and all chances to be in the public spotlight, and never did understand why the public didn't "love her" like the RNC said we would. Maybe because she rarely answered a question, and if she did, it was so convoluted we couldn't make sense of it? Maybe because she set herself up as this paragon of values, motherhood and accountability, when she had a pregnant daughter and was under an ethics investigation? Maybe because she is for banning ALL abortions? Americans may be dumb enough to elect GWB twice, but we're not morons.

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. PA

    IMHO Sarah only has herself to blame. She agreed willingly to the VP Appointment. As such an experienced Governor and Past Super Mayor she should have known she would be tried and tested. She KNEW she WASN'T for VP and that Washington would be a far cry from her tiny Wasilla Alaskan Great White Village where one can see Putin raise his head! And your children Sarah – if you'd had said NO they wouldn't have been in the spotlight. You drug them there with your EGO and Obsession for POWER and PRESTIGE. You were the worst example the office of VP ever had and as a Mother your worse!
    JUST GO AWAY. And than your children will have the peace they deserve.

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Fima Traylor

    Sarah, just keep talking, because everytime you open your mouth you undermine your credibility and thus your chances of ever being able to inflict your "opinions" and "values" on inhabitants of the lower 49. P.S., did Todd ever return his silk boxers, the ones paid for with RNC money?

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Ralph

    Blame the media. Blame socio-economic bias.

    It's simple. Sarah Palin demonstrated by her own volition a complete lack of intellectual curiosity about the world in which she lives. No one can spin that.

    She has lived a sheltered life and I don't think realized what it takes to dance under the big top.

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Brittania

    Yes of course it says "a great deal about our society" (Fey & Couric): it says that we have the ability to laugh at ourselves and that we do expect anyone running for office (any office) to have just the teensiest bit of knowledge about oh, general things happening in the US and, oh, something about policies and things! You betcha!

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Louis

    POOR LITTLE SARAH DOESN'T GET IT–Palin herself caused this, not "society". Fey became more famous only because Palin sounds like a moron, and Couric increased in popularity because Palin bungled the interview. Unless she faces this reality and changes her public image, Sarah Palin will continue to be ridiculed and deservedly so.

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Alex

    It's funny on how she blames everyone else around her. For those of us that saw the Katie Couric interview, Sarah Palin brushed aside some questions while answering others in an incomprehensible, moratic way.

    Ans as for Russia being our closest neighbor, I bet she can see Russia from her summer home in the village of Diomede, Little Diomede Island Alaska.

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. Chris

    The SNL skit wasn't attacking Palin's family. It was mocking the Palin.

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Angel

    Get this women out of here. Sarah got what she deserve for being intellectually and politcally stupid. In other words, she is a nimwit. Stop forcing her down our throats. The spit shine of the baby's hair on national TV tells me all I need to know about Sarah. When children are being raised properly, spit shining would not have been done in public unless its your everday operating procedure at home. Sarah is a disgrace to women.

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Ben

    Ah the Liberal hate here is palpable.

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. S.Boatman

    you cant be vice president if you pal around with drug dealers!

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. David

    Fitting person to talk about exploitation...

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. jlang

    c'mon CNN.... do you really think there's a story here?

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Brad

    Take a second and objectively compare her accomplishments prior to the National Campaign to what each of you have done.

    January 8, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. David

    Ugh, do you think that this woman can be any more inane? You're going to get upset at Tina Fey for parodying you, and then, go on SNL yourself? How much more hypocritical does that get?

    You lost, they won, get over it. Isn't there a moose that needs rendering near your house?

    January 8, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. rice, bryan

    us liberals spewing hate, i bet a right wing hate monger never bashed a democrat in their life? have you ever listened to limbaugh? is that show a love in? how about any show on foxnews? give me break, this has been building up for quite some time. people in this country have the right to say what they want, right or left. maybe the hateful comments about palin are due to the hatefule things said at her klan rallies. right now is not the time to be in the news if you are a republican, it might be best if you just fade away.

    January 8, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Kirk

    You know it's a slow news day when they run a "story" about Failin.
    Gotta give old McSame some credit: he's disappeared off the face of the earth. Thanks for that, John.

    January 8, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Paul I

    Can you really believe the Palin is an innocent who was exploited so unfairly? Palin who defined herself as a pit bull with lipstick? Palin who rises up like a grizzly? Palin who played Barracuda to evoke her nickname? Lil ole Sarah? Poor thing. Surely Fey and Couric were tougher on Palin than Putin, Chavez or Ahmedinijiad would ever be!

    January 8, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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