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. jennifer

    Oh now Sarah, nobody likes a sore loser!! Tsk Tsk.

    January 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Ken Pittsburgh

    She in off the wall she thinks that she is bigger than she really is.

    January 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Joanna

    Sarah, how hard is it to name what newspapers you read? Or speak in a coherent sentence? I know you are trying desperately to stay relevant, but you are amusement at best for us. GO AWAY!!!!!!! READ A BOOK!!!

    January 8, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Peggy the Unemployed

    Sarah Palin is still playing the victim game. She was not exploited by Katie Couric. It isn't Couric's fault Palin did so poorly in her interviews. Palin mader herself look bad. Yes, Tina Fey benefited by spoofing Palin, but there would not have been anything to spoof if Palin had be better prepared to begin with. The one thing I do agree with Palin on is the way her children, particulary oldest daughter, have been treated by the media and public in general. Bristol Palin is 17 - girls that age make mistakes. She certainly shouldn't be demonized for those mistakes.

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. PJP

    Sarah, I agree with you, no matter what anyone says. I know that mother bear instinct, I've had it myself a time or 2. You stick with it and if anyone comes after you, you defend yourself. The Bible doesn't tell us we have to be walked on when we are in the right. But the truth does come out sooner or later and you will be found innocent of all the lies that have been thrown your way. The media just let the public know what they wanted them to know. All these "people" that have said horrible things about you will regret it one day, probably very soon.

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Todd (not the Alaska Separatist)

    Couric's interviews with Gov. Palin exposed her as completely unprepared for the job of Vice-President, and Fey's comedic portrayals amplified the facts regarding Gov. Palin's lack of fitness – they were entertaining because they were clearly so close to the truth. Jointly, the actions of Couric and Fey do say a great deal about our society: it's still an open society in which poorly-qualified political figures can be questioned without fear of retribution.

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Chris, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    Cry baby. Get over it, that's what we do in America, we make fun of politicans, it's our right. She should just be happy people took notice of her to make fun of her. Go back to Alaska.

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Uh, no babe, it says a great deal about you!

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. chris


    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Margaret from Seattle

    Yes, an attack on a kid that has a kid! Climg off that throne and go home!

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Jon

    She is hopeless.

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Celine

    What an idiot!

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Linda from Prescott AZ

    After the horrible disgusting words that SP uttered throughout the campaign, she has no room to talk. She said things about Obama that were lies and stirred such hatred in crowds that it was disgusting.
    Sarah Palin exposed her own daughter to the media, where was Sarah when her daughter and boyfriend were making whoopie.
    It appears that she bore one child after another so as to have a babysitter for each one.

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Billy Offspring

    Guess who else is exploiting her brief vice presidential campaign? Here's a hint she is the current governor of Alaska.

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Ilene from Michigan

    Go away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Jefferson Handcock

    That's the name of the game, you should have stayed at home!

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Julie

    Why is this woman still allowed to speak? She needs to shut up and go home and take care of her unwed teenage-mother daughter, her grandson, and her unwed teenage future son-in-law (yeah, as if that marriage will ever last) instead...

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. JA/TN

    Sarah, the bottom line is you where not ready for national polictics, your crowds had no racial diversity, as Americans with today's world we demand more of canidates pay your dues a while longer

    January 8, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Fabian

    Sarah Palin should stop crying over spilled milk. Besides, she can only blame herself for not knowing a lot about the status of her country. It's also unfair to compare herself with Caroline Kennedy. CK is not running for the second highest office in the land, and she is been getting scrutiny like any other politician. When Sarah belittled Obama's community organizing experience in the convention, I thought she probably had a lot to offer we, the public, were not aware of. And Katie Couric, and Charlie Gibson exposed her, or let's say, gave her the chance to showcase her intellectual prowess, and she failed miserably.

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Cosmetics Expert

    Ah, a "mama grizzly rises up in me, hearing things like that," [Palin] said of a skit. "Here again, cool, fine come attack me..."

    Was it a mama grizzly with lipstick or a shotgun?

    Interview quote: "[Palin] suggested the question itself offended her."

    Outch! If the question itself offends her already, what will she do if she is actually attacked ... by a SNL skit??? Uaaaawwwwwhhh. Funny.

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. David

    Some people just can't let go, have to have the last word, to bad she didn't have anything interesting to say during the elections. Please stay in Alaska and jus tdo the job you were actually elected for, really tired of hearing anything about you or your family.

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. joe

    Caroline Kennedy is not the appropriate comparison. She is trying to get appointed to the Senate. In the case of Palin we were looking at an unknown figure on the national scene, potentially, becoming the first female vice-president. The closest comparison would likely be Hillary Clinton. Was Hillary Clinton examined, critiqued, and prodded as much as Palin... you betcha!

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    So much for the Wasilla hillbilly being a good sport now that the campaign is over and all her pathological lies have continued to be exposed. What ever happened to her "great appreciation of the media" also too and her "heck'uva privilege in bein' the VP candidate", bless her heart talk?

    Now, lookie here little, amoebic brain celled wonder, you gotta laugh at yur'sef once in a while and not be gettin' all serious and everythin' now, Saraccuda.

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. donna

    Well if Palin had an iota of sense and knew how to conduct a proper interview, Fey and Couric wouldn't have anything to work with...can't blame them for showing you for the idiot that you are!!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Proud American

    I think it's safe to say both Tina Fey, and Katie Couric would have a better chance of President than this Idiot.

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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