January 8th, 2009
08:03 PM ET
4 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. PC

    This is great stuff. Keep yourself and the media focused on the past and rehashing it. Forget about 2012 or beyond and make sure you bring down the rest of the Rethuglicans with you. Thanks for coming out!

    January 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Jimmie

    Palin exploited SNL as much as it exploited her. After all, Palin appeared on the show after Fey's "unwilling teenagers" line. Anyway, Fey's joke was fair game. Case in oint, conservative pinup (and all around wretch) Ann Coulter is now on a book tour admonishing Americans for the breakdown of the family supposedly caused by illegitimacy.

    And Palin's criticism of Couric is especially confounding. Couric asked Palin no questions for which Palin should have been so badly unprepared. The fault for Palin's performance lay not with Couric, but with Palin and (perhaps) her handlers. So, here's another conservative who touts the mantra of personal responsibility, then in the face of her own shortcomings, points the finger at others. Tisk, tisk..

    January 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. James

    Like it or not, but if Katie Couric interviews Caroline Kennedy, she will be given the same softball questions the press has given Obama.

    January 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Chas

    She was exploited because she could not answer a simple question like what news papers she reads , give me a break , I still can`t believe their still posting news about her , but I guess since she`s the saviour of the RNC we`ll read about it untl 2012..............................

    January 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Susan

    Please! Give me a break...Palin was unprepared and left herself open to criticism...society has nothing to do with it!! As for comparisons to Caroline Kennedy, don't even go there...

    January 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Unshrub

    It's hard to imagine that Palin can sound and act dumber than she did during the campaign, but she again has managed to surprise everyone with her stupidity.

    January 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. frank ready with the cryin towel

    Moose stew anybody?

    January 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. AJ

    Reading the posts on this site from conservatives only underscores the fact that their IQ hovers somewhere around room temperature…

    January 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. AK

    She exploited herself when she appeared on SNL...obviously forgot to mention that.

    January 8, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. ABC

    Looking forward to media asking Caroline Kennedy same questions asked Ms. Palin, with the same intent. Hopefully, Ms. Palin will watch and learn how capable Ms. Kennedy is at answering what newspapers she reads; her thoughts on the Bush doctrine, etc. Bring it on!

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. lola

    Oh Sarah, also the fact that you were even on a ticket says a great deal about out country, doesn't it?!

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. Jane (Minnesota)

    It's never her fault!!! Amazing!!! I would hope your 15 minutes of fame were over by now but you keep disappointing everyone & reappear.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. mitchell

    Once again she takes no responsibility in the fact that she was a seriously flawed candidate one with very little knowledge if any on the important issues we face today. Even the simplest questions put to her could not be answered. Sorry Mrs. Palin you were and still are unqualified for such a prestigious office, one step away from the most powerful office in the United States if not the world.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Amy

    15 minutes are up!! Please return to obscurity.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. g borgsstuff

    i am tremendously pleased that Amrica did not fall for what i term the Palin Ploy. I luv America and would have been truly disheartened had we voted for this empty siren.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. jane

    tried to post a comment that sarah was the reason we lost the election but it was rejected – and it was very polite too! guess the blog "box" is too full of the same blame note, heh?

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Wendy

    Hasn't Pail ever heard of the 'watch-dog' function of journalists? Couric isn't exploiting her, merely performing a vital function of the press.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Rolling in the Aisles, VA

    What a shallow, pathetic excuse for a human being. Truly shameless!
    Maybe if she wasn't such a smug, self righteous, ant-intellectual troll she wouldn't have become an international punchline.
    She put her kids in a spotlight, dragged them around as props for her insatiable hubris, and then is angry that some people questioned her parenting skills and wisdom as a role model, let alone as the person to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?
    Incredible, arrogant hypocrisy.
    No wonder the GOP is scrambling to get her out of the spotlight she craves so much. Sarah will be the death of the Republican Party. And they only have themselves to blame.
    She shouldn't be allowed to raise goldfish.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. mitchell

    Once again she takes no responsibility in the fact that she was a seriously flawed candidate one with very little knowledge if any on the important issues we face today. Even the simplest questions put to her could not be answered. Sorry Mrs. Palin you were and still are unqualified for such a prestigious office, one step away from the most powerful office in the United States if not the world.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Dan

    You people are uncivilized and barbaric. Palin never did anything to you yet she and her family are being viciously attacked. It's unbelievable.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Brian Finch

    If Palin feels that Tina Fey was exploiting her on SNL, then why did Palin go on SNL and do a sketch with Fey?? Palin = hypocrite.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Chris

    Sarah put herself in that position by her awkward comments and inability to communicate knowledgable discourse about world topics. You better bring it next time Sarah!!!

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Cmon she's got to have known that she and her family would be 'scrutinized'. She's not the first to be imitated nor will she be the last.

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Waiting for the change....

    I am surprised Palin continues to be interviewed. I don't believe she is the future of the GOP party...but she does make valid points and obviously responding to someone asking her the questions.

    As a mom, I did not appreciate the line by Fey regarding her daughter and believe it crossed a line of disrespect...what we Americans are so good at doing to one another. Talk about hypocrisy coming from a script writer in Hollywood, where conception without marriage is the norm!

    Waiting for the change that was promised....waiting for people in our country to be a little more tolerant and respectful of others with different views. Gosh...based on many of your comments, we are not even close to real change....

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. philo7433@hotmail.com

    Ironic that the majority of those who left comments here are women. What is even more ironic is that most of the women leaving comments here are progressive liberal feminists. You should all be proud of Sarah Palin, yet you are the first ones crying out "go home, where you belong, with your children!!" Guess who are the morons? Morons

    January 8, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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