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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Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Charlotte

    LOL! For one thing this bimbo wouldn't know a "fact" if it bit her on the backside. For another, that's a pretty funny complaint coming from the Queen of Invention. Poor Sarah just can't stand it when the narrative isn't hers.

    March 1, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. joshua

    Why would HBO need to put out a hit piece on Sarah Palin? As If HBO embodies the frequent ledge dweller who feigns jumping as a pathetic attempt to get some attention. What if they did a hit piece on Obama, what would be the reaction? It would certainly garner more response than a hidden report on the inside cover of the CNN webpage.

    March 1, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. tim

    Why does a woman who works for a fake news channel need aides and advisers?

    March 1, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Ken

    Someone please tell this person that she is so inconsequential and irrelevent.

    March 1, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. scott

    her sarahpac is mocking the idiot making fun of a movie, that tells, the truth, she is an idiot

    March 1, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. tinb

    Sure. Just make facts up. The truth is whatever you want it to be Sarah. The world is your rosy oyster, and you are the smartest person on the planet. Your party needs you. Go to them and offer them your wisdom.

    March 1, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Mark

    Sarah is just another looney tune in a lonney tune party. Clueless and doesn't even know it.

    March 1, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Cowboy Bobby

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

    Once again Sarah makes a comment that describes herself and her self-image to the public. She is an egomaniac who needs to keep her in the spotlight and she does this through lies, bad politics, and using her own family drama. She is the first one to distort the fact for profit.

    She is ignorant and it shows in the way she deals with the media and people whom she feels inferior to. And she wonders why the greater portion of Americans can't trust her or like her.

    One day she will wake up and smell the coffee and realize she is her own worst enemy.

    March 1, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Bozzz

    She has a very casual relationship with truth, so it's hard to put much credence in her side of the story. Ultimately, though, who cares. I wouldn't waste my time watching a movie about her regardless of whether it was positive or negative.

    March 1, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Freddo

    Sarah Palin's response ... bak bark bark ... woof woof woof.

    Translated ... blah blah blah blah blah.

    Note to HBO ... Sarah Palin is not only a has been, she's a never was. I hope the movie captures the essence of that, and that the same number of people who paid to see Sarah's movie, watch the movie on HBO.

    That number would be 74.

    March 1, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. NPost

    Yellow journalism at its finest.

    March 1, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. CTYank

    OK, so her few amigas have their feathers stirred in righteous indignation. Maybe soon they'll watch the movie and tie that to reality. Nah, they're not real interested in reality. Silly bimbo still thinks she's a leader of patriots, against all those commies, nazis etc. Pronouncements- yes; questions- no way.
    Seems none of them wanted to comment on Colin Powell's statement on McCain and Barbie. How she was so totally incapable of such an office. (And still doesn't realize that.)

    March 1, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Jim970

    You can pretty well guess that if Hollywood is involved, regardless of what network airs the movie, it is a hit piece in the Michael Moore style. If you look at the records, instead of looking at the liberal crusade to destroy her, Palin has a lot going for her. Alaska approval ratings while she was governor were more than double any Washington politician. My guess is that the left was terrified of her because she had the ability to win and, therefore, had to set about a slanderous campaign to destroy her.

    March 1, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Fair + Balanced

    Bimbo Palin has a very thin skin for a person who likes to verbally assault other people. Maybe her face lift is drawn to tight.

    March 1, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Shelby

    palin talks about how the current Repub candidates should be transparent YET SHE WAS AND IS ANYTHING BUT THAT. Do what I say not what I do!

    I hope this movie will include a scene about the fast one Ms. "transparent" palin pulled on the voters. She and mccain were interviewed by NBC's Brian Williams in which he asked palin if she was going to release her medical records. palin squirmed, hemmed and hawed, and admitted that there IS something controversial in her med records, but basically said she would release them. So what did Mrs. "Transparent" do?! She waited until the night before he election to release not her medical records but only a letter from her doctor! sarah palin is highly erratic and is yakking about being president again (hoping for a brokered convention). If this woman has any kind of mental problem, we certainly have got a right to know.

    Likely most people don't even know about this medical records scam of hers–let's hope "Game Change" gives folks the info they need to learn who palin REALLY IS. Most of us already got palin's number, but sadly a lot of foxnews viewers haven't a clue

    March 1, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  16. Andrew

    Duh, of course there's going to be clips of advisers during the campaign praising her, they're trying to sell the product. Unfortuneately, when you don't win, there's no product to sell, so anything unseemly that occurred at the time can come out.
    Another thing, why does this woman have a PAC if she's not running for office or not currently supporting any candidates? Is it padding her shopping sprees and other personal expenses??

    March 1, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. LouAZ

    How in the world would Beauty Pageant First Runner UP and Half Term Alaska Goveror Snooki Palin know truth from a lie ? No, this Princess does NOT get to be Queen !

    March 1, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. Nick

    Its funny how they have not even seen the movie, but are already up in arms!!! LOL... She is just an endless supply of funny!!!

    March 1, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. Lucky18

    With so many people relating the same story(s), Ms. Palin, literally, has no leg(s) to stand on! The fact is, we all saw how she was not ready for "prime time"!!!

    March 1, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. ks

    Truth hurts doesn't it Sarah?

    March 1, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Ml

    Can't wait to watch it. If Sarah says its not must be true.

    March 1, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Dilip Samuels

    The GOP are the mighty defenders of the oil companies and banks and yet the CODE word for deficits and cuts means CUT benefits for the poor

    The GOP will hang themselves on this issue

    March 1, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. Senses

    Let us be the judge of the 'facts'. She forgets that we all saw her in 'action' during the 2008 campaign... I will make that decision myself when I see the movie... All her blunders are fresh in most minds.

    March 1, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. realitypolice

    How is Tina Fey NOT playing her in the movie?!?

    March 1, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Steve

    'Democrat Party'? Not 'Democratic'? Trying very hard to de-legitimize the Left at any turn.

    March 1, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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