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. mdn

    Great movie. I've watched it many times. Moore dose an incredibly realistic impersonation of Palin.

    January 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. luke,az

    When is the Republican party going to implode ? How could the moderate republicans allow Palin's group,the tea partiers to take over the once respected Republican party.

    January 14, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Well, I have to give her credit. She's learning. It took her four years to figure out that it is better to have an advisor come out and say stupid stuff than to do it yourself.

    January 14, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. sick of republican phonies

    Sarah Palin- media personality. What's her opinion on the Kardashians?

    January 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. allens

    why is her name still being muttered? she is as she always has been, nothing

    January 14, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. ezduzit757

    II'd like to add my thanks to comedian Tina Fey and former CBS anchor Katie Couric for opening America's eyes to the true, and unknown at that time, Sarah Palin. Without both of them, Palin could well have been our vice president (shudder the thought!)

    January 14, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Rosslaw

    Unfortunately, McCain still thinks she would make a better Secretary of Defense over Hagel. And now McCain is warming up the old right-wing, flat-earther rewrite of history that the Iraq war that he supported so vigorously was a magnificent success on the scale of the D-Day invasion and Hagel's opposition to the war was terribly misplaced.

    January 14, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Claire

    No matter what one thinks of palin, it was an excellent movie. The acting was great, the pacing was excellent, and the script was well done. Woody Harrelson's portrayal of Steve Schmidt was outstanding.

    January 14, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. cnnife

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

    un hun, What does liberalism has to do with awarding price to an actor or an actress that plays an impressive role of a character in a movie that simply told a story of what happened in a presidential campaign?

    January 14, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. buzz

    What's a palin? Is that a STD?

    January 14, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. NC

    Wasn't this the Foreign press award? Palin's advisor can twist anything, just like she did.

    So, we're supposed to believe HER advisor but McCain's former advisors aren't believable 🙂

    Please make this whole family go away – once and for all......

    January 14, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. I'm confused

    Sarah Palin is a joke! The only qualification that McCain was looking for when he selected his VP candidate was that she needed to be a woman so he could pretend he was concerned with diversity. It's hilarious to me that she's still milking her 15 minutes of shame for every single penny she can get Faux news to pay!

    January 14, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |

    sara who?

    January 14, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Bonnie in Seattle

    It is the only thing that has made the woman relevant lately. She is such a joke!

    January 14, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. Scout

    I actually think that the movie is pretty kind to Palin. They wait almost 30 minutes before they start showing how uniformed and petty she truly is.

    January 14, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  16. GBfromOhio

    Riiiight ... the biased account from Republicans INSIDE the McCain campaign LOL. This hate mongering, cognitively challenged lady only served two years of her only term as governor to chase after money. She is a money w.hore and represents the worst of what America can be.

    January 14, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. CBP

    Those who support Sarah Palin still believe their own hype about the way people remember her. We do not need movies or television programs to depict her and give us our views about her. We have had plenty of opportunities to watch and hear Sarah Palin. We also know that these shows and movies are not the beacons of truth that their writers would believe them to be. However, Sarah Palin and her family helped to perpetuate fantasies about her. It is clear that she has made errors in judgement and she has blamed many others for her own failures. All of these comments by her supporters do not help her image. It has been more than 4 years now – just let it rest and allow us to use our own brains to determine our view of Sarah Palin.

    January 14, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. bill

    Palin does not have a single clue, she even got fired from Fox News, and they haven't reported an honest story since their inception.

    January 14, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Rino

    I though Julian Moore portrayal was dead on. She had Palin's crazy perfectly down.

    January 14, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. JMikeR

    The movie was great and accurate. Sarah Palin and company just need to fade gracefully into the obscurity that is there destiny.

    January 14, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. irishadian

    "The reality was an original American story". That's for sure. No one could have made up the ridiculous nature of the reality of Sarah Palin. Hopefully, they broke the mold.

    January 14, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Jake

    I can see her whining from my window. You betcha!

    January 14, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. ChiTownArt

    Recher needs to quit "shuckin' and jivin'" about the portrayal of Palin in Game Change.

    January 14, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. David Abrams

    Who cares what this aide says? Sarah Palin has become irrelevant to our national political discussion.

    January 14, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. HenryB

    Still talking about this twit! Gun violence, financial challenges, immigration, gay rights issues. And we talk about Palin! Yikes

    January 14, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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