Palin says she was “exploited” by Fey, Couric

January 8, 2009


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says TV doppelganger Tina Fey and CBS News anchor Katie Couric have her to thank for the career boost they are getting.

In fact, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee says, the pair of TV stars exploited her.

Fey, who has an uncanny resemblance to Palin, played a loopy version of the Alaska governor in “Saturday Night Live” skits on NBC during the campaign season.

And an interview Palin gave to Couric was damaging to Palin while also giving a ratings shot to Couric’s CBS Evening News, which generally is the No. 3 major broadcast news show behind NBC and ABC.

“I did see that Tina Fey was named entertainer of the year and Katie Couric’s ratings have risen,” Palin told documentary filmmaker John Ziegler on Monday.

“And 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,” she said.

Ziegler interviewed Palin for a documentary about media coverage during the 2008 campaign in which Democrat Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain.

Palin also said the news media was tougher on her than it has been on Caroline Kennedy, the Democrat from the famous political family who wants to replace Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton as a senator from New York.


REUTERS/staff photos (Palin and Fey combination photo)

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (Couric presents award in New York)


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The sad thing for america is that Palin is correct she was exploited and the zealots in the media sided with the democrats.

It would be a new world if the media was as fair and balanced as it claimed to be.

Posted by Ben | Report as abusive

The Media most definetly exploited Sarah Palin. Amazing seeing Caroline (you know)
Kennedy getting a free pass. Obama got a free pass and he will be the worst for it.
He didn’t have to work, he was handed the election.

Posted by Michael | Report as abusive

The media exploits anything they can for ratings, the sad part is ratings has nothing to do with the news or good journalism. However it was SP who said the SNL appearance was good to have. But not as good as her pregnant unwed daughter to a grandmother that was held off from being arrested for the election. So much for republican so-called values. I hope she runs again in 2012, America will still need more laugh then too.

Posted by sam | Report as abusive

If Sarah Palin weren’t such threat to the liberal democrats then no one would even pay attention to her.

She is clearly smarter and more well spoken than Caroline Kennedy. Palin doesn’t say “you know?” between every word like Kennedy does.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Oh please. Palin put herself out there in front of the public voluntarily; she had to have known she’d be parodied. If she didn’t want to feel the heat, she should have known to stay out of the kitchen. Obama is getting it too, from Michael and Ben who insist it was “handed to him”. How? How was “it” (whatever that means) “handed to him”? Didn’t he have to go through a two year campaign where the gentle compassionate souls at Fox treated him with all the courtesy the current head of the RNC gave him? And if the media want to be “fair and balanced”, let’s see the network that uses that phrase as its registered trademark lead the way.

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive

When did Obama get a free pass from the media? Was it when they were beating the “terrorist” connection to death or more recently when the press stalked him on a family outing with his kids?
As for Palin, she is not threat to anybody except the good people of Alaska. Palin, hold on Conservatroids, cost you the election, she drove the middle away from the ticket and cemented an Obama win. I think if you take Kennedy’s interview and put it up against Palins interview with Couric you’ll find that even though Kennedy wasn’t well spoken that she at least answered the questions she was given. Palin will fade into Ferraro-esque obscurity after her term as Governor and we not hear from her again. Maybe she will make a bid in 2012 for the nomination but she will be dismissed as the empty headed ideologue that she is by her own party.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

The media is going easier on Kennedy beccause she was only trying for a senate seat. Palin was running to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

Also, regardless of my personal politics and whether or not I agree with Palin politically– her lashing out at the media does her no service and only solidifies in the minds of many– self included that she wasn’t ready to be that close to the presidency. Bush, for all his faults, has been a dynamo at completely ignoring the media and not letting the get to him. I wouldn’t want someone as President or VP who lets the media get to them as much as Palin does.

If she lets the media get to her this much now, can you imagine how it would affect her if she were VP or President? It could adversely affect her performance in that position.

I agree that the media is biased and has been particularly harsh with her– but at the same time… get a thicker skin, Sarah. Where’s that lipstick pit bull we heard so much during the campaign?

Posted by Darrin | Report as abusive

Clearly Jimbo and Eric have been out-of-touch or purposely acting naive – they also happen to be in the minority here in this conversation!

Posted by Brian in Middle River MD | Report as abusive

people normally line up with a party or person that has the same view as them on social issues.a classic example is how the american jews who are progressive politically will side with the dems who have a faction who are against israel.same applies with the gay community,who are against the republican party not because they are socialists but because of the religious right who are again,s not personal against sarah it,s what she believes.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

sarah palin was “picked on” by the media because they, and the vast majority of americans, saw that she was completely unfit to serve in the oval office. please – her interview with katie couric simply exposed her ingnorance on many – most issues. Not saying she might not be ready in 10-15 years, but McCain chose an inexperienced running mate to try to get the female vote, and it backfired for him, and must have been embarrassing for Palin to be so exposed.

Posted by nikki | Report as abusive