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. Lindsay

    No babe, it says a great deal about you!

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Rob

    What's with the obsession with this woman? I just don't understand it. She didn't do anything significant to deserve this kind of continued attention and/or adoration. In my opinion, THAT, also, says a great deal about our society.

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. GWB2012

    Oh, and how's SNL doing now? haaaa Back to ZERO viewers? HAAAAAA

    January 8, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. 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 idiot. Her gender, race or age had no factors, the women is a clown, nothing more.

    January 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. pelli

    sigh. She still does not see that the rest of the world does not see her in a respected light. Comments like 'exlploiting.... my administration....' – she never had an administration, she had a staff. Or more so, a staff had her.

    Palin continues to run the plays of the old RNC playbook – blame the media, blame others. She wants to see if Kennedy gets treated the same? Other than Kennedy's annoying 'ums', she can speak educationally and intelligently to and about the issues. Palin, could not and still can not.

    January 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Earl

    What logic !!!! Comparing someone who is running for the senate (who everyone has heard of) vs a person a heartbeat away for the presidency (who nobody knows)...hmmmm! interesting.

    January 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. lovable liberal

    Is there lipstick on that mama grizzly? Palin thinks the media were hard on her, poor baby. She doesn't realize just how soft they were on her vacuousness.

    Hey, she's a Republican. It's always somebody else's fault.

    January 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. mehdi

    somebody needs to tell Sarah Palin that a candidacy for VP which could be our next president is nowhere close to a senatorial candidacy. Also When you decide to become the center of attention and run for the VP job, you need to be ready for any type of questions and scrutiny. She was realy exicted and happy when her VP run was announced and she wasn't complaining much when her rating was up after the convention but as soon as hard questions(what type of magazine you read?blink.blink) were asked she was seen as a joke. It shows that just being a good conservative does not and should not qualify you for the VP job in this country as we saw for the past 8 years with our current VP.

    January 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Sarge in Florida

    Cry me a river Palin...Your not above the comics or the law...Is it Katie's fault that you DON"T know anything about the what your read or rulings by the Supreme Court? Get over it your daughter did have a child out of wedlock. Some Republican VALUE..."U KNOW"

    January 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. km

    hahahaha...the silly bimbo will always look back on her disaster of a VP bid with seething bitterness...the only time she'll be remembered is when it's time to mock her. she makes me sick.

    January 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Mike

    Oh, poor, poor Sarah. Those bad people picked on her. My suggestion? Sarah, hitch up them sled dogs, head out Into The Wild and kill a bunch of caribou, grizzlies, ducks, geese, platypusses .... whatver you can find. I guarantee ya that just the smell of gunpowder will fix ya right up, by golly, by gosh.

    January 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Eye

    Oh Sara, you still just dont get it. If you had any wit, political savvy, or an IQ rsembling a leader, YOU would not have been stumped so many times. Stop blaming everyone else for your own failures. Even in a beauty pagent there are questions. You just miserably failed at them and showed the country that you are narrow-minded, petty, and inept.

    January 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Linda

    seriously....????? she's a joke. NEXT!!

    January 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. 1473 Days Until the NEW President

    It's FINE to insult a child or a parent and child so long as it's not the Dems. All hail, all heil the liberal tolerance.

    January 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Gpenn

    Shut up and go away. You no longer matter and no one cares to hear your crying. Stay up north and take care of your kids and please shut up.

    January 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Mike

    What a bunch of bull! Palin went onto Saturday Night Light late into the campaign. Why appear on the show if the mockery was too much for you to bear? Someone please send her back to Alaska and keep her out of mainsteam politics.

    January 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. B. Fee

    Pleeeeeeeeze..."says a great deal about our society.” was her comment about SNL's and Couric's popularity surge due to her candidacy. They performed a valuable service in highlighting Ms. Palin's attributes and faults. It's not the messengers' fault that they did a great job. Society is grateful.

    January 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Michelle ATL

    I think we all said goodbye to Palin. No more Palin in the news, she had her 15 minutes...her time is up.

    January 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. medlab1701

    oh boo hoo Sarah! Stupid is as stupid does. If you hadn't interviewed like an idiot, you wouldn't have been parodied as an idiot. If your daughter wasn't sexually active before marriage, there would be no "shotgun wedding" to parody. Tina Fey nailed your look and your behavior, with uncanny accuracy, so she deserves the entertainer of the year title. Katie Couric asked smart questions you didn't know the answer to, and the public noticed. Bitter, table for one, babe.

    January 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Chase

    There is a bit of difference between being the junior senator from NY than second in line to be the leader of the free world. That being said I do believe that Ms. Kennedy should be fully vetted.

    Part of the problem with Gov. Palin is that she was shown to be uninformed/uneducated in such a vast array of topics. I do agree that her children should not be targets, but come-on, premarital sex and unwed motherhood, in the social conservative GOP. She chose to accept the VP nod knowing what her daughter had done. She showed poor judgement, in my opinion. She was thrown to the public (the wolfs) and they saw red meat (the irony described above). If she did not want her daughter to be exposed, she could have said no to McCain. This si where her political aspirations trumped what may have been better for her family.

    I think she should hide for a while and do some good in Alaska and maybe much of this will be forgotten in 4 or 8 years. People tend to forget almost everything and I am sure she will be revamped in several years for yet another run. She may choose to read something...anything, before that happens.

    January 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Jen, Gainesville, FL

    Palin is such a disgrace to strong, working woman. Palin, no brain.

    January 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Ichan Wright

    Right and then she agreed to make a fool of herself on SNL to add icing on the cake. Blame everyone else Palin.

    January 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Dave

    OK, so what would you have done about the things those folks in AYE-ran woulda said 'boutcha?

    Stop whining.

    You lost.

    January 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Vahan

    What an angry self absorbed woman. Shame. She was so offended by SNL she had to appear on it and chair dance to being ridiculed. We know what Palin is, we are now negotiating on the price.

    January 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Rose

    Waaaa, waaaa, waaaa! What a crybaby.

    January 8, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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