Palin adviser knocks 'Game Change' win at Golden Globes
January 14th, 2013
08:33 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin adviser knocks 'Game Change' win at Golden Globes

Washington (CNN) – An adviser to Sarah Palin chided the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday for awarding several Golden Globes to the HBO political drama “Game Change.”

The film, based on the book of the same name by the journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, was a critical portrait of Palin’s tumultuous role in John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. The movie picked up three Golden Globes Sunday evening, including one for best mini-series or motion picture made for television.

Julianne Moore also won an award for her portrayal of Palin. Ed Harris won for playing McCain.

Palin aide Jason Recher called the film a work of fiction.

"It comes as no surprise that the Hollywood Foreign Press recognized another Hollywood group, HBO, for their work of fiction and awarded a prize for best fictional filmmaking,” Recher told CNN. “The reality was an original American story, not a screenplay by people who only imagined events to fit their fiction."

Recher and other Palin loyalists from the 2008 campaign have been sharply critical of the film since it was released early last year. At the time, Palin’s political action committee responded with a slickly-produced video montage of pundits praising Palin’s impact on the McCain campaign.

Palin backers say the movie is based primarily on the biased accounts of former McCain advisers Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, two of Palin’s fiercest critics.

The creators of the film, Jay Roach and Danny Strong, have defended their work, saying they relied on people both critical of and sympathetic to the former Alaska governor in developing the project.

In her acceptance speech, Moore thanked comedian Tina Fey and former CBS anchor Katie Couric for making “a significant difference in the 2008 election.” Fey famously mocked Palin on Saturday Night Live, and Couric won plaudits for an interview with Palin in which the vice presidential nominee seemed flustered and unprepared.

Recher said Sunday’s award show was a vivid example of Hollywood liberalism at work.

"The media is reporting last night was Hollywood shining the light on and celebrating women,” he said. “It’s clear however they only celebrate women who fit their political ideology. Women who don’t conform to their liberal values are torn down in terribly harsh ways - a clear double standard which was awarded last night.”

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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    They're just jealous that Palin's movie didn't sell; not even the Tea Partieres went to go see it.

    January 14, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Excellent movie. Julianne Moore was so good in her portrayal that she made me feel sorry for Palin...for a New York minute.

    January 14, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. Boo

    Seems Palins friends protest too much about this. Palin is a dingbate and Julieanne Moore nailed it.

    January 14, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  4. Sadie Boyd

    Sounds more like they hit too close to home for these critics. I love Sarah Palin, she is so cute and sassy...she shouldn't be allowed to have guns or talk in public due to her sedition...but, she is really funny and cute!

    January 14, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    The republican bafoons party doesn't like the truth and continues to specialize in lying and propaganda that no body believes but the gop brain dead fox dope channel watchers .!!!!!

    January 14, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. plain&simple

    Hollywood is so terrible,as any right wing zealot will yell you. One just did....more to come. Everything is Hollywood's fault...guns,sex,violence! How do they stay in business. Is the 2nd amendment more important than the 1st? At least with the 1st you cannot go to the movies to see trash or you can turn off the tv or change channels!!! It's called choice. More poor,poor me syndrome from the right.

    January 14, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. Jules

    I don't kn ow why they don't like the win. I thought the movie actually was more sympathetic toward Sarah Palin than what we saw in the election and what we heard about from behind the scenes. That America would not elect her to anything again is no big suprise.

    January 14, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. James Hendricks

    Hollywood liberalism? Really? It seems to me that Zero Dark Thirty and Argo are far more representative of the political right, and they also did well at the awards. So couldn't it just possibly be that this represents less of a bias to the left, and more a reflection of Palin's impact on the right?

    January 14, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. jamarsu

    I would think Sarah Palin would be overjoyed that the movie won, since she's always seeking the limelight. She herself was on SNL. Always trying to grab some attention. She loves it.

    January 14, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Quack Quack ...!!

    If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck ....

    January 14, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. southernbutnotstupid

    I saw the Couric interview; Palin was clearly out of her league; actually pretty scary to contemplate what might have been–

    January 14, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Bart

    What part was fiction? It was all based on either actual televised events or events corroborated by multiple people in the McCain campaign. They knock anything that is critical of her. Wish she'd be quiet and go away.

    January 14, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. TM

    The Quitter and her fans need to realize the one absolute truth about the 2008 Presidential election. Palin lost the election for McCain. She was and IS unprepared for national elected office. She was and is unschooled on a wide variety of issues. She has no foreign policy experience. She had NO idea about the role she would play as VP, even going so far as to imply that she would have a role in "shaping Senate legislation". The VP serves only as a tie-breaker in the Senate, and then only rarely. Her only serious executive experience was serving LESS than HALF of a term as Governor. The thought of someone so blatantly unprepared being second in line to the Presidency was simply too much of a risk for most voters. When she was faced with "tough" questions during the campaign, she wilted. When faced with political opposition back home, she QUIT. Her story is not a heroic ballad, it' a cautionary tale.

    January 14, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. RKN

    Actually, Hollywood does seem to be critical of women who do not fit a particular mold. Mostly, they are critical of self promoting, uneducated, mean spitrited selfish type of women best represented by Palin.

    January 14, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. mark

    Why is this crap on political ticker . She is nothing ,And will always be nothing

    January 14, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. Hogan's Goat

    Sarah Palin's entire career as a VP nominee was an outstanding work of fiction. I like the theory that Grampaw McCain mispronounced Pawlenty as Palin myself,

    January 14, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. Nietodarwin

    Great. The more we hear about Palin, and from Palin, the better for us Dems. What a joke she is. I haven't seen the movie, but I will one day. I think Julianne Moore has a nice voice, and Sarah Palin has one of the MOST annoying screechy voices I've ever heard, (this has NOTHING to do with her horrible politics, only my auditory sensitivities) I just want to see a clip of the film to see how Ms. Moore altered her voice, I'm sure it CAN'T be as bad as the real Palin voice.

    January 14, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. Steve Logan

    Sarah who?

    January 14, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. knklhead

    It seemed to me that McCain might have been a bit less crazy in 2008 and considered voting for him! Palin brought out the wacky right wingnut machine and it absolutely killed McCain's chances. Palin is the poster child for why the wingnut right better get their act together. Listen to Colin Powell.

    January 14, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. LovesIrony


    Katie Couric is more Dumber than Palin and No Where to be found.

    HA, ha, ha,

    January 14, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. zapper

    So the miniseries was based on insider information from two of McCain's closest advisers – men who really wanted McCain to be president and were working to make that happen – but it's a "work of fiction?" Sounds like sour grapes from supporters of one of the biggest political failures of the past 50 years.

    January 14, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. Howard

    Apparently, Mr. Recher also lives in denial. Any person capable of an impartial evaluation of events knows Sarah Palin was pretty much every bit as bad as Ms. Moore portrayed her. It's fair to say Sarah cost McCain the election, and nearly every person who voted for Obama would agree with that statement.

    January 14, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  23. David

    Ridiculous comments. If they had actually watched the film they'd see that it showed Palin in a very three-dimensional and favouable way. I actually came away from 'Game Change' with more respect for Palin than I had going in. This is a regular person who was thrown into the political game and was just simply not ready for it. It's relatable to a large portion of the audience who also probably couldn't tell you why certain wars were going on or what books they read because they're too busy raising a family for it to matter to them.

    January 14, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. Tomadzo

    It's over and done with move on. No one really cares anymore.

    January 14, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  25. demogoat

    Palins reality is mostly fiction, what did they expect?

    January 14, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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