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. Chris

    Still here huh?

    January 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. Sophia in Canada

    Gov. Palin is showing everyday why we are glad McCain did not win and make her VP.
    During the campaign I questioned this woman's intelligence to manage such a high position as Vice President. Now, reading all her after campaign comments and interviews – I am more convinced that the woman lacks integrity. She CANNOT walk in the shoes of Katie Couric or Caroline Kennedy who both exude both intelligence and grace. I can't believe she is trying to pick a school yard fight. It shows her immaturity.
    Can someone send her to Iraq and leave her there.

    January 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. johnny

    ...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.”

    Perplexing to say the least. Some exploiting that was done by her, her family or administration?

    She probably hadn't gotten any attention for about minutes and it was killing her.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Brent Scott

    Governor Sarah Palin is correct. These two events do say something about our society and where our country is. They scream that Americans are bright and can see when something is trying to be pulled over their heads such as Governor Palin being prepared to be a heart beat away from the presidency. The ratings boosted these two celebraties because Americans were watching and could read between the lines. Fey and Couric just happened to be involved in helping put the information out there.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. zipideeydodah

    Geez to think that this bimbo could have been one metastasizing cell away from the nuclear codes. Now that is one scary thought.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. Jeanne Bailey

    Those "republicans" they sure can dish it out....right, wrong or indiffenent.....BUT...they can not take it. Palin may be a very nice person....I just was not...am not...impressed with her. She was "put out" to dry by her own party and she allowed it. I referred to her as "wolf meat".

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. observation

    It's everybodys fault but my own....

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Palin go away

    Still whining. The difference is that Caroline presents herself to be taken seriously. She doesn't wink and saying silly things like "you betcha", and"I'm a Maverick". And I'm sure she can answer the questions Katie asked you with no problem. Plus, she surely wouldn't answer a question with "I'll find ya some and get back to ya".
    Despite her inexperience, with just being around her family long enough she has more knowledge on the fundamentals than Palin could ever cram for!

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Tari Torch Sweeney - Shaker Heights, OH

    Get real, Sarah.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Kia

    You betcha!

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Liberal in Los Angeles, CA

    Here we go again!!! This lady will never go away!!! Now she wants to call foul!!!! Gov. Palin, it was apparent you weren't ready nor prepared. Yes, Caroline Kennedy will be handled in a different way, because she's not spreading hatred and division. Get over yourself!!!!

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. GB

    Good point Governor. Hopefully the media is equally tough on Caroline Kennedy and asks her tough questions like what magazines she reads. What says a lot about our society is not the media's coverage of Palin, but that someone with her political skills could be elected to the highest office in a state.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. shucks

    Poor Sarah Palin. Being picked on again. She and only she brought this on all by her little bitty self. When you parade your children, children's boyfriend, and the rest of her dysfuncional family around stage for all of America to see, too bad so sad that not everyone is going to adore you and think you are the female Messiah unlike the many Republicans who have the same IQ level as your own. And as far as SNL and Katie Couric, they were just doing their jobs. SNL has been brutal to pretty much every politician who grandstands and thinks they are above reproach. The Couric interviews Sarah, just look and listen to them. They would have been funny if it wasn't so sad that you had ever have been chosen as VP.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. Lisa

    How about taking some personal responsibility for being in over your head Mrs. Palin. It's not like it would be a huge revelation to any of us. It was blatantly obvious.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Brian

    why...why...why...do we still talk about her??

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Steve

    yawn...who cares

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Susan

    Sarah Palin is an air-head with a family like a combo of the Simpsons nd "Roseanne"–so what would she expect when she is silly enough to project herself and said family onto the national stage? She made herself a laughing stock, and now she should grow up and get over it. And why do we have to keep hearing about her? She's not news any more so she should crawl back in the cave she crawled out of.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  18. Tim Dempsey

    She's right, "exploiting" Sarah Palin says a lot about our society. It says our society isn't so gullible that they'll willingly accept a candidate for vice president with no credentials and who is completely unqualified. As far the Couric interview goes, she brought that on herself. She didn't do her homework and got busted for it on national TV. This is the big leagues and you better show up prepared of suffer the consequences. "Plain talk" might get you into Wasilla city hall but not the second highest office in the USA. We have spent the last eight years with a "plain talker" in the white house and look where it got us. I think we as a nation have realized that folks that relay on plain talk who can't back it up with some intellect and natural curiosity are not good presidents. Good bartenders but not good presidents.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Palin vs "you-know" Carolyn "you-know" Kennedy

    Well, Palin may not be what America views as high-society compared to the Kennedy clan, buy "you-know" Carolyn "you-know" Kennedy may need "you-know" some kind of "you-know" speech coach if "you-know" she wants to be "you-know" the senator from "you-know" New York.

    For all those anti-Palin people, "you-know" maybe you can all "you-know" keep rooting for "you-know" the very educated "you-know" city folk.

    I'll take a straight-talking, yes sometimes the truth hurts, clear speech giving person from Alaska any day over "you-know" Kennedy or "uhm" the upcoming "uhm" incoming "uhm" president.

    English teachers of America, doesn't it just "you-know", I mean "uhm" irk you to see our "leaders" so well versed in "you-know", "uhm" our ENGLISH language!

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. James Trombetti

    The woman is a joke, always has been a joke and always will be just a joke.
    Good bye Sarah. Hope to see ya never

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. jane molloy

    I am surprised that Ms Palin does'nt blame the weather as well for her dismal showing.Did the fact that her poor performance as a VP candidate give no one pause, that it was a precursor to how ill prepared she was as an already sitting Governor?Pretty pathetic, and even more so to blame others. The finest thing the Republican Party can do is to keep her front and center. Then The majority party(after Jan 20) can grow even larger, enabling Palin and her sort to stay exactly where they belong, with Joe the Plumber and the fringe.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Jeremy

    Waaah, don't make fun of me! Don't hold me up to the same standards of every other US politician!

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. carol

    Sarah still does not get it, that for all her complaints now about Tina Fey and Katie Couric...nothing they did was made up, they portrayed her in the skit and the interview exactly how she really is.
    So don't complain about them now, Sarah was just being Sarah and if she came across as dumb that is reality and how she was.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Steve

    I am sorry that Mrs. Palin feels this way. However, when you put yourself into the public eye like she did, probably the most intensive media scrutiny that an American can encounter, then you should expect anything and everything.

    Didn't Mrs. Palin also comment a few weeks ago (or so) that the media ignored her during the campaign, that she did not have the opportunity to make her case as a vice-presidential candidate?

    I am sorry, but you can't have it both ways. It comes with the territory.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. John D.

    The fact that this bimbo would compare herself to Caroline Kennedy is beyond insulting. Caroline Kennedy has proven throughout her career to be adept and in tune with the needs and concerns of the people of New York. Moreover, she is not seeking an office that would place her one heartbeat away from the presidency. If you're running to potentially become ruler of the free world, then yes, you should be put under a microscope and the American people have a right to know how knowledgeable you are before they vote.

    January 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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