Palin Says She's Been Exploited By Couric And Fey

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says CBS News anchor Katie Couric and comic actress Tina Fey have been "exploiting" her.

Palin also is questioning whether Caroline Kennedy is getting better treatment from the news media in her quest for a Senate seat than Palin herself received as Republican John McCain's running mate.

Palin reflected on her campaign for national office in an interview this week with conservative radio talk-show host and filmmaker John Ziegler. Clips are posted on YouTube.

Palin gave Couric a rare interview at the beginning of her campaign, and Fey frequently impersonated Palin on "Saturday Night Live."

Palin says she thinks there may be a "class issue" involved in the news coverage of Kennedy and her own bid for office.

She said the media seem to have handled Kennedy with "kid gloves" - in contrast to the battering she says she and her family took during last year's presidential campaign.

She particularly singled out the Couric interview as what she felt was condescending, particularly a question about what books she reads and, "What do you guys do up there?"

Palin also complained about news reports suggesting that Trig Palin was not her son and said she was "frustrated" by rampant rumors about her and her family.

The governor said news organizations respected Barack Obama's declaration that his family was off-limits for coverage but did not accord her the same courtesy.

"I wasn't believed that Trig was really my son," she said. She called it a "sad state of affairs."

"What is the double-standard here," she asked. "Why would people choose to believe lies. What is it that drives people to believe the worst, perpetuate the worst?"

"When did we start accepting as hard news sources bloggers, anonymous bloggers especially?" she asked.

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