March 1st, 2012
01:25 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin PAC: 'Game Change' is 'fact change'

(CNN) – Sarah Palin took a hit at the upcoming television film based on her time as the 2008 vice presidential nominee Thursday, releasing a mock trailer portraying her candidacy in a much rosier light than the film's actual preview.

"Game Change," set to air on HBO March 10, stars Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. A trailer released in January (WATCH) cast Palin as the villain of the 2008 contest, a portrayal advisers to Palin shot down in a conference call with reporters last week.

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On Thursday Palin's political action committee SarahPAC released a video (WATCH) mocking the film, editing together complimentary clips from newscasts and interviews to present a positive portrait of Palin's candidacy. Left out is the behind-the-scenes whispering the "Game Change" trailer features heavily.

The mock trailer begins with a play on the film's title. The text "Game Change" transforms to "Fact Change," and a clip of Moore answering the phone with "This is Sarah" intros the words: "No, this is Sarah."

What follows is a two-and-a-half minute montage of television clips and newspaper headlines from 2008 proclaiming Palin an asset to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign.

Palin is described as a "feisty, strong, tough and straight-talking governor," and someone who has "completely transformed the entire race, probably the entire party."

Former President Bill Clinton, in an interview, is shown calling Palin "Gutsy, spirited, real."

Former McCain advisers, portrayed in the film's trailer as fretful over Palin's intelligence and temperament, are shown in SarahPAC's video praising the former candidate.

Top adviser Steve Schmidt is shown saying "Her focus is extraordinary. She's working 15, 16 hours a day. We're very pleased with the results."

Schmidt, portrayed by Woody Harrelson in the HBO film, has been blamed for many of the anti-Palin stories following McCain's loss.

In the call with reporters last week, several current and former Sarah Palin advisers said Schmidt was responsible for spreading falsehoods about Palin that became the basis for storylines in the book "Game Change" was based upon.

A press release from SarahPAC explains the video as an attempt to set facts straight ahead of the film's release.

"Game Change is just the most recent example in a long history of facts being distorted for profit," the release said.

It adds, "Behind Game Change's slanderous agenda is a trail of money leading straight to the Barack Obama campaign and the Democrat Party."

HBO, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.

CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report

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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. gg

    Sarah Putin is well-versed in the art of lies, distortion and propaganda. She's never said a single thing that bears any resemblance to the truth.

    March 2, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. F-Gingrich

    Whenever this moron protests at this level, you can bet the truth is being told about her. If she would just admit she's not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and is only interested in draining the idiots that believe in her of their hard earned money, then life will be much easier to handle for someone of her limited intelligence.

    March 2, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Jack

    Mrs. Palin, Please go back raise your family to be appropriate adults, because you sure can't act like one, on second thought; please just zip your lip!

    March 2, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. basketcase

    "Behind Game Change's slanderous agenda is a trail of money leading straight to the Barack Obama campaign and the Democrat Party."

    Proof? It doesn't even make any sense. Palin isn't running, and even if she was, Obama certainly wouldn't need a silly movie to win by a landslide.

    March 2, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Duck Dodgers

    *** Ancient Texan

    The left will never tire of trying to destroy Palin ............

    Sorry Texan, wrong.
    We dont have to destroy her.
    Every time she opens her mouth she does it to herself.
    She doesnt need our help.

    March 2, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Jon in Balto

    I say investigate her PAC. Why can she use the resources of a political action committee for personal reasons when she is not even running for anything? Does this mean I can establish a PAC, collect gobs of money that people give me, and then use it how I want to? Great system we got here.

    March 2, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Jay

    Waaaaa! Somebody's being mean to Sa-wah again. Her thin skin just proves how not-ready-for-prime-time she was/is.

    March 2, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. GRS62

    I'll watch the movie and make up my own mind. Obviously, there must be some truth to illicit such a vehement denial by the Palin camp. From what I've seen, she's just another politician who wants to stay in the limelight.

    March 2, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Rooster

    Here we go again.....All of you idiots must have voted for curious george!! He is the biggest joke and biggest loser ever. Palin would have made a far better president than Obama any day!!!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. John

    Palin is far from being the brightest bulb in American culture. I feel bad for her because even those people close to her don't tell her that she's making a fool of herself, and people are laughing. Minus the hyper-minority of intellectual and emotional train wreck.

    March 2, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Angie

    People are obssessed with Ms. Palin – especially her critics! I love how many people are making money discreting Sarah Palin, no wonder they can't get enough of her; BUT, she looks better when they try to make her look bad. This is a fiction show, not an autobiography. I'm glad she has become a millionaire...and all thanks to her critics!

    March 2, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Susan

    Way too much time is spent on Sarah Palin, both by Hollywood and the press. There is no reason to report on her comings and goings since she is a meaningless psuedo politician who opens her mouth and says nothing meaningful. The stupidity of her being the vice presidential candidate in '08 was one of the most ridiculous moves the repbulican has every made. It certainly gave Obama the presidency and rightfully so!

    March 2, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. JEANNE

    Republicans love to spin- we saw you Sarah – we know what you did

    March 2, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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