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. nazareth, pa

    kennedy isn't an airhead, she can also speak coherently so it's going to be hard to make her look bad. palin on the other hand was easy to make fun of... all you had to do was repeat the things that she said.

    January 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Harve

    MEOW -----

    January 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Sarah finds it perplexing to exploit her family, her administration.whereby she states, "it say a lot about society."

    Hey, Sarah....it says a lot about you and your family when you agree to sell a picture of your granson for $300,000.00.

    January 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Adam

    Wasn't she the one who appeared in October and lampooned herself on SNL? Wasn't she the one who made the outrageous statements in the VP debates? Wasn't she the one who hid behind the McCain campaign banner after the Couric interview? And this woman seriously believes that she'll receive the Republican nomination in '12? Forget what all this says about society, what does all this say about HER?

    January 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. esimson

    Spiteful, vindictive, bitter. Exactly the kind of woman we need to break the stereotype of powerful women as...oh I don't know *head tilt* *wink* *aren't I cute*...spiteful, vindictive, bitter?

    January 8, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Chuck, Cleveland, Ohio

    You conservatives can keep Palin, she really does personify the Republican party! For any conservatives reading this I'll dumb it down a bit for you...Palin = Idiot.

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Obama supporter

    Typical hypocritical response from a Republican; agrees to go on SNL to boost her popularity, now this! When my teenage friends became pregnant, they didn't run to the alter for a sham marriage; now that's respect for marriage and what it means!

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. love2succeed

    It amazes me how this Palin creature thinks it is everybody's fault for her failure – but her. People did not like her, and a key fact is she is not qualified. Period – and she made herself look stupid – no one else is responsible for that.

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Dave

    Hasn't it been 15 min. already?

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. vic

    She's perplexed about being exploited?

    Doesn't that mean she doesn't understand what happened and how it all happened?

    Or that she just doesn't know what "perplexing" means?

    Man, I never get tired of listening to this idiot. Republicans, if you want Dems to run the show keep digging up gems like Palin.


    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. bonbon

    Palin is right. These kind of comments, regardless of who they are about, really do say a lot about the state of affairs in this country and how people treat one another. Pitiful.

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Old white lady in Birmingham, AL

    Fey's version of Palin said, "I believe marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers."

    That was hysterical. GOP has no sense of humor.

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Diana Ewing NJ

    Sounds very much like my youngest daughter who blames everyone but herself... It wasn't her fault that McCain lost... he is a hero and the times were bad... not her fault that America was caught off guard when she brought a Pregnant teen on stage.. as an example of what we should be doing... not her fault that the GOP bought all those clothes... she buys her clothing in a used clothing store...Not her fault for doing interviews without being prepared and looking dumb... Russia's just peeps up and is over Alaska... just not her fault...

    think she does protest too much and too often...

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Michael

    CNN readers: Insulting Palin does not make you part of the liberal elite to which you aspire. Now go back to asking for a welfare check from your Obama Mama, the ONE!

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Sandy

    The media won't be as tough on Caroline Kennedy because she won't give too many off the wall answers like Palin. Kennedy is proof that you should have a good education in order to serve in public office. Palin is proof of what happens if you don't.

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Sidney P.

    GO AWAY!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. jeremy

    Palin continues to expose her own hipocrisy at every turn. She practically begged to be on SNL.

    January 8, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Seightan

    Comparing her candidacy to that of Caroline Kennedy?! Of course we would scrutinize Palin more. She was running to be the VP, not a Senator. Surely she knows the differ...oh...wait...she doesn't.

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Jeramy

    Glad to see so many of you are for tolerance..... Everyone here sure is taking the high road.

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Chris in Va.

    What will it take to make Tundra Trash go away? Without a doubt she is the most uninteresting,uneducated and uncooth individuals in politics.

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. John

    Thank you for being so stupid Sarah

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Chicagoan feed up with this garbage


    I can’t tell you haw many of my conservative friends switched parties to vote for Barack specifically sighting YOU as the reason.

    I’m sure you’ve done some good for Alaska but you need to face the facts that you are not Presidential or Vice Presidential material.

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Mike

    Your political stance on marriage brought those near you into the political arena. By default.

    Same as if VP Cheney tried to avoid talking about her daughter's sexual orientation contrasted with the public stance of his political party.

    It was witty, yes, but do not over-victimize yourself. You deserve it Palin. One of the few things you may deserve.

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. m.p.mathe

    Who is she again?

    January 8, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Art

    I don't know which is sadder, the fact that Palin continues to prove how inadequate she would be in office, or the fact that a few conservatives are on here trying to defend her, or say that liberals can't look at her objectively. I mean, cmon, if anybody isn't being objective about Palin and her credentials, it would be conservatives, not liberals.

    January 8, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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