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

    “It’s clear however they only celebrate women who fit their political ideology. "
    Palin does not fit in anywhere, politically or intellectually. Palin's actions were not imagination by the American public, they were witnessed firsthand every time she opened her mouth. This book only confirmed what most Americans had already seen and thought.

    January 14, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. George

    Julianne Moore did a spectacular job portraying Palin and I actually thought she played her as kindly as was possible. The truth is that Sarah Palin was a terrible governor who quit before she finished the job. She cared about nothing except power and she wanted it without the hard work and homework that comes with it. She is flying all over the country on private planes while portraying herself as one of the "people". She is no more than an Alaskan version of trash with earrings and her husband is a spineless yes man.

    January 14, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. newenglandfather

    "a Palin aide" What does she do now that she needs an aide? She looked like an idiot as a VP candidate and looks like a whiney nagging malcontent now, at best.

    January 14, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. donna in CO

    Alaska is still suffering from her inability and lack of interest in governing. If only the press would stop giving her coverage!

    January 14, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. StXavier

    America loves a good joke an jokster an Sarra Palin filled that political air with stupid remarks. Her remarks gave some people the idea she was right for America an came across as a true an proper American. Making stupid statements became sad an most troubleing. It didn't take long for the American people to realize Palin was nothing more then a fill in for nonsence an laughter an she became popular so she cashed in on an started manking money. YOU SEE TO MAKE MONEY MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH.

    January 14, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Brett

    Palin stuggles terribly when it comes to an intelligence test. She was completely overwhelmed and not fit for the job at hand. Being a Republican woman had nothing to do with it. All movies take liberty with the truth. I can understand Palin and her people being upset about the film, but imagine how angry America was watching her come dangerously close to being VP! Doesn't compare.

    January 14, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. i'malib

    I didn't like her as President the last four years. I am glad the new guy, obama the basketball player, is now the newly elected President. The last four years have been a disaster under President Palin-she shouldn't have been elected in the first place. With that said, oprah is doing an interview with Lance Armstrong. The rest of you, get back to work.

    January 14, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Patrish

    Palin was part of the reason McCain lost. It was scary that if he should die, she would be our president. She made her own gaffes, and we the voting public witness it first hand. She always had an excuse, it was ALWAYS someone else's fault. To me she was like a high school cheerleader who thinks one can get by on just being cute. I listened to her talk;and she talked in circles, never really answering a question directly. That's why they had to repeat questions to her trying to get a direct answer. She got her money and fame and now no one cares what she does.

    January 14, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. NFLD thought

    We didn't care about Palin and her ilk when they were running for office let alone now or what they think about a true and accurate story.

    January 14, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. eoin12

    LOL, sometimes the Truth Hurt's doesn't it Palin?

    January 14, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. NoGr8rH8r

    Sarah Palin who?

    January 14, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. ama01

    "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.”
    Wait! You're telling me that when I go to the movies, I'm not watching actual events taking place? Some of the stories aren't 100% true? Holy crap!

    January 14, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Pragmatic Man

    The irony of this aide's statement is such that one can't help but notate it for future reference. This reminds of the Lincoln quote: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

    Unfortunately for the aid, Palin is a shoot from the hip kind of person (no pun intended actually). So while he defends her for the sake of his paycheck. She is busy doing another interview that only reaffirms what everyone but a very small percentage of America think of her. Stay Classy Palin, and remember that magazines and book are in the "literature" section of the grocery store in case you get lost, FYI.

    January 14, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Pander Bear

    Man, Palin is even annoying by proxy.

    January 14, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Andrew

    What's she whining about? It keeps her relevant for a couple more news cycles...

    January 14, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Doug H

    Sara Palin is a work of fiction

    January 14, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Jake

    Maybe her fundamental problem with Game Changer is that she received no financial compensation.

    January 14, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. joe800

    ....Julianne Moore is more qualified than Sara Palin, Ms Moores preparation for the role she played had bigger words than any Mrs. 'Joe the Plumber/Hockey Mom' ever took time to read....

    January 14, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. maine liberal

    McCain/Palin adviser Nicolle Wallace, prominently featured in the film, visited Rachel Maddow tonight to expand upon the lessons of the 2008 campaign, and made clear that she felt fairly guilty about working to make someone “fundamentally unprepared and unsuited for the job” the Vice President of the United States

    Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist played by Woody Harrelson who was instrumental in choosing Palin as McCain’s running mate, said, “I think it was very accurate. For all of us in the campaign, it really rang true. It gave you a little bit of PTSD at times. It did for me.

    January 14, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. RINO Bill

    Who is more irrelevant than Sara Palin? A Palin gofer named Recher.

    Even Mitt Romney, Joe Walsh and Christine O'Donnell have more going for them than Jason nobody.

    January 14, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. disgusting sack of palin snot

    With any luck at all, maybe the next mass shooting will just be relegated to her living room.

    January 14, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Jon McCain

    Sarah who?

    January 14, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. snowdogg

    "An adviser to Sarah Palin"

    Why would she need any advisers?

    January 14, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Pam from Iowa

    does the truth hurt Sarah?

    January 14, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Expat American

    Sarah Palin, her family and her supporters' contribution to the political discourse of this country is a work of fictional comedy.

    January 14, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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