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.”
Hey, maybe you can put some lipstick on it!
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.
Uh, Katie’s not in the room dear. Are you hallucinating? Too much oxycontin I suspect.
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.
So true. Every time I look at Sarah Palin I think “Hey — Caroline Kennedy!”
Concluding on a grizzly note, sing us out, Randy