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. Rick McDaniel

    Everything Hollywood does, is a work of fiction. Especially the Lincoln movie.

    January 14, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Johnjon

    thank God for "Hollywood liberalism".

    January 14, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Sarah Palin, she should have shown Romney the way to the back of the cave. While Sarah imay be physically attractive she is otherwise an airhead. If anyone every took a course about government, it used to be called Civics, they know more than she ever has about government, any government. Her AID spoke out about Game Change? What does she need an assistant for? spelling? directions? Only FIXED NEWS has her on for the T-boneheads and the like minded 19th century gang

    January 14, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. sad day at the movies

    It was a sad day at the awards show. That the only thing that was honored was political hatcheting. Sad day indeed that entertainers are given such free reign to assassinate peoples character at will.

    January 14, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. sad day at the movies

    Maybe now we can have a movie depicting why Obama hides his past.

    January 14, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    If Whalin Palin is against it....... I'm all for it!!

    Seriously, I haven't seen the movie, but I may have to get it from my local bootlegger. LOL.

    I do hope THIS is NOT trending all day, I would have rather continued discussing General Powell.

    January 14, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Michael Hobart

    What a surprise, people working for Palin say that a film critical for her is wrong. Duhhh. The half-term governor should go back and see if she can see Russia yet (and continue to work on her failing geography class).

    January 14, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Hogan's Goat

    Who cares about this self-obsessed nitwit any more?

    January 14, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Name lynn

    palins what a drag you still making headline

    January 14, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. a little sad


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

    Stellar analysis and criticism. /sarcasm

    January 14, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. John in Illinois

    I agree with the other poster. What does SP have an aide for? She's in private life and unemployed.

    January 14, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Sniffit

    Boohoo. The waaaaaaaah is strong with this one. Go tell it on the mountain, Jabberwocky Barbie.

    January 14, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Mr. Moderate

    I watched Game Change (probably unlike Palin or her "aids") expecting a hatchet job and thought it was a sympathetic portrait of someone who was picked out of relative obscurity and thrown into the hornets nest of a presidential campaign without the proper vetting, preparation or support. It made the McCain campaign look a whole lot worse than it did Palin.

    As someone who really does not like the woman or what she stands for, I came away from the movie with an increased level of respect and empathy for her. Maybe they should pipe down a bit.

    January 14, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. ST

    Julianne Moore, you really nailed. It is quite entertaining to watch the movie. That was quite a drama of grandpa McCain who thought only on winning and NOT of a qualified/competent VP to lead people.

    January 14, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. ummm Duh...

    Your whole reason for being is based on entertainment so what is the problem? It is not like you quit as governor of the state you claim to love so much, pimped out your children, or contradicted every so called value you pretended to represent.

    Your name in lights again what is your issue?

    January 14, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    The woman is just a waste of space on the earth.

    January 14, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. qqqqqjim

    She's no longer even worthy of a comment!

    January 14, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. albie

    its not Hollywood who tore Palin down, its the American people ... because she is nuts, and people could see that. She is the biggest reason McCain lost. She is a sideshow carnival nut job.

    January 14, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Lynn

    I am embarrassed for people's lack of grammar and spelling in the responses about Sarah Palin. Our schools are truly failing our country. If only people took a little time to better their writing skills and less time to watch the trash on television today, our world would be a better place.

    January 14, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. mbrown

    Typical Hollywood elitist Jewish Liberals patting each other on the back for being mean.......sad but true, no wonder no one is watching HBO..........people, this is the same channel that gave Bill Maher (another liberal communist) his own show..........Hellooooooo!.....

    January 14, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Karen

    Dear A Little Sad – "More Dumber"? Now that's funny!!!!

    January 14, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. jj

    Of course they said this – she still thinks she's relevant and that she has a brain – both false

    January 14, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. James Bond

    Hot for her age, yes, ready for big stage, absolutly not.

    January 14, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Samuel

    Do the Palins and their supporters EVER stop whining?

    January 14, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. jj

    by the way, mbrown, HBO is doing fine – they nabbed a number of awards last night. So cable tv is doing just find thank you. I doubt you have much data to back your assertions.

    January 14, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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