March 1st, 2012
01:25 PM ET
3 years ago

Palin PAC: 'Game Change' is 'fact change'

(CNN) – Sarah Palin took a hit at the upcoming television film based on her time as the 2008 vice presidential nominee Thursday, releasing a mock trailer portraying her candidacy in a much rosier light than the film's actual preview.

"Game Change," set to air on HBO March 10, stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. A trailer released in January (WATCH) cast Palin as the villain of the 2008 contest, a portrayal advisers to Palin shot down in a conference call with reporters last week.

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On Thursday Palin's political action committee SarahPAC released a video (WATCH) mocking the film, editing together complimentary clips from newscasts and interviews to present a positive portrait of Palin's candidacy. Left out is the behind-the-scenes whispering the "Game Change" trailer features heavily.

The mock trailer begins with a play on the film's title. The text "Game Change" transforms to "Fact Change," and a clip of Moore answering the phone with "This is Sarah" intros the words: "No, this is Sarah."

What follows is a two-and-a-half minute montage of television clips and newspaper headlines from 2008 proclaiming Palin an asset to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.

Palin is described as a "feisty, strong, tough and straight-talking governor," and someone who has "completely transformed the entire race, probably the entire party."

Former President Bill Clinton, in an interview, is shown calling Palin "Gutsy, spirited, real."

Former McCain advisers, portrayed in the film's trailer as fretful over Palin's intelligence and temperament, are shown in SarahPAC's video praising the former candidate.

Top adviser Steve Schmidt is shown saying "Her focus is extraordinary. She's working 15, 16 hours a day. We're very pleased with the results."

Schmidt, portrayed by Woody Harrelson in the HBO film, has been blamed for many of the anti-Palin stories following McCain's loss.

In the call with reporters last week, several current and former Sarah Palin advisers said Schmidt was responsible for spreading falsehoods about Palin that became the basis for storylines in the book "Game Change" was based upon.

A press release from SarahPAC explains the video as an attempt to set facts straight ahead of the film's release.

"Game Change is just the most recent example in a long history of facts being distorted for profit," the release said.

It adds, "Behind Game Change's slanderous agenda is a trail of money leading straight to the Barack Obama campaign and the Democrat Party."

HBO, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.

CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. realitybites

    Palin PAC? If she's not running for office, why is she allowed to have a super pac?

    March 1, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. cali girl

    oh you betcha! Palin is more infuential, she makes tons of people run the other way. Fine by me.

    March 1, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. sick of republican phonies

    I understand that all the people that she employs and take a paycheck fr4om her don't like it! Wow, surprising, huh?

    March 1, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. way to go Sarah, now . . .

    even more people will watch Game Change . . .

    March 1, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. maggie

    is it at all surprising that someone with such thin skin would have had a problem with her portrayal? If she'd look in the mirror once in awhile, she might find the need to resolve her own problems without a film pointing it out to her. The only reason it is so entertaining is because of what the public has put up with between she, her antics and her messed up family. Only the Kardashians can top it.

    March 1, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Josey

    Polish a turd and it's still a turd...

    March 1, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. judith

    Poor little Sarah. She just can't handle the truth.

    March 1, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Beadles

    Too bad Sen. McCain hasn't faced criminal charges for elevating this doofus to the national stage. She is such an embarrassment.

    March 1, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. llewism

    I ask the same question I have seen in some of these response's. How and why does this nut job have a Super Pac, hell I'm crazy I need one too LOL

    March 1, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Rick

    Go into hiding Palin...PLEASE!!!

    March 1, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. LLOYD ROBERTS

    Little Jimmy, you're funnier than Palin and just as misguided

    March 1, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. just the facts

    @Jimmy Little Truth, "Game Change" was directed by Jay Roach. You might try looking something up instead of making something up.

    March 1, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. jerseylou

    You again.....Boo,Black Basketball Player who you had a one night affair with.Now we won't hear from her for 2 or3 month's.

    March 1, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. ben

    She is a whiner. I believe this movie more than her.

    March 1, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. JoJo

    Why is she promoting herself so heavily now. She has never been able to take the heat. What a cry-baby.

    March 1, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. TRC in PA

    @Little Jimmy Truth – Perhaps you should do a tiny bit of research before posting complete falsehoods. Michael Moore is not involved with this movie. A simple internet search and you might have actually posted the truth.

    March 1, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. kithope

    Sarah Palin? Is she still around?

    March 1, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. snowdogg

    Sarah who? Oh the loser from Alaska!

    March 1, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. LouieD

    John McCain's campaign advisers would disagree with Palin's rosy assessment of herself. And THEY DID, both during and after their failed run.

    March 1, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Bill

    we have seen this fool in action the past few years, we certainly don't need a film to tell us she's an idiot, spews nothing but hate, polarizes most of America and does not have a clue as to where Russia is located.

    March 1, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. bluedogboy

    If its false, then file a lawsuit.

    March 1, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. jim jackson

    at some point in the past, the radical religious right decided that lying was o.k., sarah palin, john mccain, and yes,
    hillary clinton lied all through the primaries.
    i dont recall anyone ever catching the current president in an out-and-out lie.

    March 1, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. tim

    STOP! No more Paris Hilton. No more Britney Spears. No more Miley Cyrus. No more Sarah Palin. STOP!

    March 1, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Biggge

    Game Change Director Jay Roach.. @Little Jimmy Truth.... Find another reason... Michael Moore is not the director...

    March 1, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Be Sane

    What, is she still in middle school?

    March 1, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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