Sarah Palin Hits Back at 'Salacious' Media Coverage

01/09/2009 at 03:00 PM EST

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Gov. Sarah Palin is off the campaign trail – but she's still feeling the heat from the media coverage of her family and candidacy.

In a new interview for conservative filmmaker John Ziegler's documentary, Media Malpractice ... How Obama Got Elected, Palin addresses Katie Couric and why she appeared on Saturday Night Live after many sketches skewered her.

"I never saw the interview after Katie edited it," Palin says in an excerpt from the documentary that was made available on YouTube. (Watch above.) "My understanding was so many more topics that were brought up weren't portrayed as accurately as they should have been."

More pointedly, the governor turns feisty when asked why she could not answer Couric's now-infamous question about her reading habits.

"Katie, you're not the center of everybody's universe," she says, responding to the CBS anchor's persistence that Palin address the question. "To me, the question was more along the lines of 'Do you read? What is it that you guys do up there?'

"Perhaps I was just too flippant in my answer," she says in the documentary.

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Palin also addresses another prominent portrayal of her: Tina Fey's star turn on SNL.

"A lot of people are capitalizing [on my fame]," Palin says, noting that Fey won plenty of accolades for her performance.

And how does she react to sketches that poke fun at her family – including her then-pregnant daughter Bristol?

"A mama grizzly rises up in me," she says. "Cool, fine, come attack me. But when you make a [mockery] of a kid, it kills me."

Still, Palin says she'd return to SNL. Why? "You have to be able to laugh at yourself," she says.

As clips from the documentary hit the web, Palin responded again, alleging that her quotes were used in some stories that changed their context.

"The personal, salacious nature of recent reporting, and often the refusal of the media to correct obvious mistakes, unfortunately discredits too many in journalism today, making it difficult for many Americans to believe what they see in the media," she says in a new statement.

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