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. ba1450

    It is amazing the Palin still has advisors. Although, come to think about it, it would be full time and full lifetime employment.

    January 14, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. ATLJack

    America came VERY, VERY close to disaster in the 2008 election. Had McCain won and died, America would have been in the hands of a President so ignorant that she did not know simple world basics... like why there is a North and South Korea.
    Of that the Queen does not run Great Britain – the Queen is a symbolic figure.

    Palin continues to get coverage because she was SO unfit for office but she drew the support of people either too ignorant to know she was unfit or so ideologically blind they failed to notice.

    January 14, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Chi

    Please..Palin is just pleased that she has a reasonable excuse to make a comment since she is otherwise irrelevant at this point.

    January 14, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. California Gary

    I guess Palin, and whatever supporters she still has, would like to pretend that all those things documented in the book and the film never really happened. Trouble is, the people that provided the input for the story were there......they were in a position to see and to know exactly what happened. And of course, all of us were witnesses to much of it ourselves. I will never forgive John McCain for putting her on the national stage.......he owed it to the American people to thoroughly research his VP selection before bringing her on board.......he failed to do that, instead relying on others to make the call. And she was added for political reasons, not for the best interest of the country. Shame on McCain. And shame on those who continue to pretend that Palin is something that she is not. Let her just quietly slip out of sight without embarrassing herself further. It's the kind thing to do........

    January 14, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. amf140

    Good to see that the Media Matters hacks are still employed. If Hollywood is now so interested in politics – how about a movie showing the arrogance and corruption of this administration. We could bring in stars from SEIU, Solyndra, ACORN, New Black Panthers, Van Jones, Tony Rezco, Bill Ayers, etc. What a line-up.

    January 14, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. marita

    The truth hurts, Julianna Moore nailed it!! After Hillary left, I seriously considered John McCain. Until he made the unfortunate mistake of choosing Sarah Palin! 'Still cannot figure this one out! – @Marita.

    January 14, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. TexaSAM

    I wonder if Ms. Palin understands she's only relevent to about a dozen people for about 10 minutes each time she makes a proclamation. Oh, and all other times too. Also.

    January 14, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. carlos

    she doesn't deserve a toilet bowl as award for anything.

    January 14, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Lisa P.


    Good to see that the Media Matters hacks are still employed. If Hollywood is now so interested in politics – how about a movie showing the arrogance and corruption of this administration. We could bring in stars from SEIU, Solyndra, ACORN, New Black Panthers, Van Jones, Tony Rezco, Bill Ayers, etc. What a line-up.
    January 14, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm

    Speaking of fiction(s)...

    January 14, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Deb

    Interestingly, 'Game Change' is the only thing that ever made me feel slightly sympathetic to Sarah Palin. Otherwise, her 15 minutes should have been over 4 years ago! Her ignorance is truly overwhelming. Can we finally stop paying any attention to her now? Please . . .

    January 14, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Ann

    I think the movie was as balanced as it could be (didn't read the book). She was completely out of her league. I detest her political views (and her personality, honestly) but after seeing the film, I actually felt a bit sorry for her. She was only brought on to be a "trophy VP" for McCain because he wanted a token female. It didn't work, and she was used.

    January 14, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. boyamidumb

    See my name – I was named for Sarah. Before Sarah I had a normal name – Eugene – and I thought about running for President. The only thing that surprises me is that Sarah wasn't elected. She could have "ruled!"

    I think it was long passed the time when the intellectually incomplete should be recognized for the important role they have played in bringing America to where we are today. These are the heroes and heroine of the modern world. Without them who knows where we would be today. We certainly wouldn't dominate the planet with troops in more than 175 countries. And we would not be the largest arms manufacturer on earth – we would probably be still producing shoes, and textiles and other primitive items that have no purpose in the iPod/iPad world of the 21st Century.

    Sarah, I salute you and yours. You have made us proud of the fact that even people with single digit IQ's, people who can turn a blind eye to historical and contemporary facts, people who can make even a media midget like Katie Couric look intelligent, that you could achieve such heights and have such a huge and devoted following in this country – that you can make it makes it possible for me to believe that anything is possible in America!!!!

    January 14, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Keith in NJ

    What would a Palen advisor actually advise her on? I hope this is the last publicity she gets. Her 15 minutes have been way over.

    January 14, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. ART

    Someone please remind me who is this Palin again?

    January 14, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Hogan's Goat

    As time passes and she gets farther from Washington and the news, the danger she once presented to our freedoms recedes into the past. Soon we'll have to explain her to our children: "Daddy, who's that sad old lady yelling on the tee vee?" Ssh baby, that's just Old Sarah trying to come back again.

    January 14, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. ritmocojo

    She should just change her name to 'Sorry' Palin.

    January 14, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. RAWoD

    Given that this country has heard enough from the half-term governor of Alaska WHY would you thing we would want to hear ANYTHING from Sarah's "advisor"? Let our memories of this stupid woman fade.

    January 14, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Sarah Palin

    The movie totally failed to show my acute intelligence and erudition and my sober and abstemious family, instead creating this fiction that I somehow ran for Vice President while my daughter drank herself pregnant and then made a reality show. Nothing of the sort happened at all, except for that odd day when Vladimir Putin knocked on my door.

    January 14, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. ritmocojo

    Her people should be glad, not ticked off. Moore did more than justice to Snow Snooky's lack of intelligence from real life. Be glad, not mad.

    January 14, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Congressional Hypocrisy

    Its super to see the humiliation continue for Sarah Palin, John McCain, and the entire Republican Party.

    January 14, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Texasmike

    Are these the same "advisers" who tried to re-write "history" on Wikipedia to make it that Paul Revere warned the British? Truth and her "advisers" are not on speaking terms.

    January 14, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    Sarah Palin is a work of fiction.

    January 14, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. AP

    For the folks saying that the bad guy doesn't care about the stricter gun law, and their 38 will stop them if they try to break in. I think you have missed the point. No one is taking away your trusty 38. The point is you should not need an AK-47 or an M-16 with a large capacity magazine for stopping someone when you 38 is good enough to do the job. Nor do you need a an automatic AK or an M-16 for hunting, a muzzle-loader or a shot-gun will do the job. How about this, we allow people to own however many guns they want so long as they fall in the same type of guns as the ones made at the time when second amendment amendment was adopted. My guess is, you will be left with the black powder guns, mostly your muzzle-loaders, muskets, etc. No need to worry about the so called "assault weapons". I sometimes wonder is an automatic rifle like an M-16 was easily available in 1790, the lawmakers would have adopted the second amendment without any exceptions for certain types of weapons. 1790 was a whole different time than the 2013 that we live in. I think a slightly stricter interpretation of the second amendment is necessary in my humble opinion. If not, what's going to stop anyone from owing a 6 inch caliber artillery gun, after all it's still a gun, just not a hand held version.

    January 14, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Alexis S. J.

    Sarah Palin–a loser who won't exit gracefully.

    January 14, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Kelly E.

    Everyone knows that you have to defend your so-called boss, S. Palin, because it's your job. She can't defend herself because the truth hurts, isn't it Sarah? Truth? Yeah, the truth that Game Change basically told us who she really was! She & her conceited daughter, Bristol, have to do something to stay in the limelight. Pathetic!

    January 14, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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