January 8th, 2009
06:28 PM ET

Palin takes digs at Fey, Couric

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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.


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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. CrossPatch

    Palin is right about the media attacking her family unfairly. What did poor Bristol ever do to attract such meanness? Even Michelle Obama who campaigned vigorously for BO was off limits. Give me a break.

    January 9, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  2. Mary

    I would have to agree on this, The Media fell over them selfs going after the people messiah, which is baby boy obama, He is a deceiver. he a wordy boy,

    January 9, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  3. rania

    sarah palin prefers to blame everyone under the sun for her lack of knowledege of the world around her. freedom of speech is one of the most important rights we as americans have. to blame the mainstreem media is insane. without the media, the government is free to do anything it wants under the radar. we should be thankful for our reporters for keeping us informed. katie couric is wrong in the sense that she expected palin to anwser questions without sounding stupid. in countries like syria, the media is not allowed to speak out against the govt. maybe that country is more suited for palin.

    January 9, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  4. Jenny Ga

    Horse hocky. Sarah lost me at the Republican convention. I have never heard such a hate filled speech in my life. For the record I am from Georgia and have been "represented" by BOTH Newt Gingrich and Bob Barr so I know hatful rhetoric when I hear it.

    January 9, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  5. Bill

    This is all so true. We need more of those honest Democrate govenors like BlogO!

    January 9, 2009 at 7:32 am |
  6. Tara

    Bristol Palin is 18 years old and not a "kid."

    January 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  7. PA

    Sarah you exploited your 12 wk. Candidacy and your children! McCain appointing you as VP says a great deal about you and McCain, where your love of country, virtues and values lie! Your rush for Power exploited your children you could have said NO to McCain. An experienced Governor like yourself should have know the rigors of such an Appointment and also that you weren't qualified for the same. You made a fool of yourself and you deserve all the credit! Simple Solution – Get off the Stage, Stop the Grandstanding and go home. Exploiting will be gone!

    January 8, 2009 at 8:50 pm |
  8. Sandra Robertson, Ga.

    News of Palin is so petty compared to issues we are facing today such as wars with loss of innocent lives, economic woes with loss of jobs resulting in depression/health problems. Real humanitarians discuss these issues and try to give the people hope and optimism. Ms. Palin seems more interested in self and that is not what we need to hear in these trying times.

    January 8, 2009 at 8:42 pm |
  9. Presley

    Must be nice in her Conservative Cocoon there. It must flying stone proof or something.
    Ms. Palin, just own it already, all theses excuses, all this finger pointing, seems you are just like this society we live in. You are not new.
    And Caroline Kennedy? Really? You're going there?
    Gee, I didn't realize you played the "Class" card along with the "Gender" card.
    Do not expect to come out and be the "moral" soap box talker about how the media works, being prepared and competent as a Politician usually creates a public image that can hold it's own and doesn't get owned.

    January 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  10. A.M. Deist, Fort Walton Beach FL

    Governor Palin won't go away until the Media stops covering her. She should run for governor of California since she seems to be an expert on financial management. They could use someone to straighten out their financial problems.

    January 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm |
  11. Sandra Robertson, Ga.

    Palin is so petty compared to

    January 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm |
  12. Jim M

    Aw, gee wiz, I guess you can say that Sarah joins the long list of other exploited Alaska resources including god, oil, copper, salmon, trees, and fur bearing animals.

    January 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm |
  13. Eugenia - San Francisco

    Someone needs to tell this woman to go home. I see no difference between her and Joe the idiot, I mean plumber.

    January 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  14. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Governor Palin has just as much a right to speak as Couric or Fey. There are many people in the United States that want to hear her and it's their choice. We can't silence everyone we don't like. None of us, is that important.

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    January 8, 2009 at 7:55 pm |
  15. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Gee with Joe the Plumber now an 'International War Correspondent' Palin has her Secretary of State pick in some incredibly mythical Palin administration all sowed up. With this one trip ols Joe has 100% more foreign policy experience than Palin does. With that and teh 'First Dude' ready to become Secretary of the 'Interior' thats two cabinet posts out of the way. How 'bout Levi for Secretary of Education.

    Sorry Sarah you said it yourself during the campaign. The people you PAL AROUND with say a lot about YOUR character. Teenage out of wed lock pregnancies. Drug abusing maybe some time in the future Mother-in-laws. Jealous ragging husbands. Trailor Park 101 personified ! If this is the new Republican 'base'. I can't see them ever winning another national election.

    January 8, 2009 at 7:52 pm |
  16. L Griffiths Australia

    When will it all end?
    Is there really that much Palin to go around, and to keep going around and around and keep going, and around?

    Channel that grizzyly mama.

    January 8, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  17. lampe

    How come Obama's girls are off limits, but Gov. Palin's children are not?

    January 8, 2009 at 7:40 pm |
  18. Zina Lay , California

    Its the conservative way...blame game the liberals...they never seem
    to take the fact that Palin takes any issue for exposing her family and its dirty little secrets for more political power...

    January 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  19. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Why is she still in the news? has she NO shame?

    Palin needs to stay in Alaska and be with her family instead of making an ass of herself

    Her family must be so proud of all this foolishness. She is getting waaay too much press. Just ignore her and hopefuly she will just go away!!!

    January 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  20. Melissa B ~ California

    "Caribou Barbie" just cannot seem to avoid the media spotlight. I wonder if she keeps her one eye winking while the other scans the wilderness for that "mama grizzly" with her hunting rifle, or does she pan the area for a news camera so she can give us that big Palin grin, then let that big tonque-waggin' mouth of hers open up in her quasi North Dakota / Canadian accent, where she can voice her lastest straight-talkin' comments and complaints to inform us that she's still steamed at Katie Couric and Tina Fey and just tryin' ta keep 'ya all honest America.
    There 'ya go again, sorry "Sister Sarah," don't need 'ya and don't wish to hear 'ya–Gosh darn it. Have we had enough of you as one lone voice crying in the (Alaskan) wilderness? YOU BETCHA!

    January 8, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  21. marcus porum oklahoma

    can't believe were still talking about her,i don't see why people fear her,to me she seems more like a pest, like steve urkel was to the winslows and nothing more.

    January 8, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  22. Charlotte D

    Cry me a river. And her "unfair" treatment is a class issue? Caroline Kennedy is taking her hits for her poor speaking style. What sour grapes. Get her off the stage and stop her 15 minutes of fame.

    January 8, 2009 at 7:07 pm |
  23. Rob Richardson

    You mean a satiric show made fun of a hypocritical, self-righteous, and ignorant politican? How dare they!

    January 8, 2009 at 7:03 pm |
  24. Annie Kate

    Usually after losing you don't hear from the defeated candidate again for quite a while. They try to distance themselves from the defeat. Palin may need to distance herself permanently. I doubt that anyone would believe between now and 2012 that she will be any less stupid than she is now. I also doubt that she will ever take responsibility for her own mis-steps and bad judgment. During the campaign and the interviews she proved herself to be a shrill, name-calling, vituperative woman without a clue as to what is facing our nation. She stayed stuck on the same generalized trite statements and now that she realizes just how bad she looked she is trying to shove the blame away from herself where it belongs onto anyone that didn't agree with her. She proved herself less than intelligent in the campaign; now she is proving the rumor of being vindicative right with her statements after her defeat. I hope this woman never sets foot on our political stage again. I'd rather vote for Tina Fey than for Palin. At least Tina has a sense of humor.

    January 8, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  25. Kayla M.

    She clearly misses the spotlight of the election. catty comes to mind. I wish she would concern herself with something important like Israel instead of a tv show.

    January 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm |