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. ken

    Good grief, its Palin. I haven't bought into her since she came on the scene. You expect me to believe Sarah PAC. Why the h- does she have a PAC running ads. She isn't running for any elective office and is a wanna be. Wanna be what is the question. I suggest she start with wanna be civil.

    March 1, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Dixie Independent voter

    If the HBO movie has that same screeching voice of Palin's, I'll skip it.

    March 1, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. tor5

    What the Palin people don’t seem to realize is that no one needs to embellish the story of her VP candidacy. It was there for all to see nearly every day. Her grasp of current events, let alone history, was either non-existent or bizarrely inaccurate. Whatever did or didn’t happen behind-the-scenes, Palin’s obliviousness is abundantly demonstrated in the public record.

    March 1, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Rob

    Who cares what Paliin fires back? She's the most negative person in politics.

    March 1, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. the_dude

    I love how she still affects all these limp-wristed zealots lives'. Hillarious!

    March 1, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Rob

    Who cares what Paliin fires back? She's the most negative person in politics.

    March 1, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. shadubee

    Sarah follows George Costanza's philosophy: "If you believe it, it isn't a lie."

    March 1, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Reemo

    I'm gueassing Palin watched the trailer with the volume turned down again.

    March 1, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Slightly Left of Center

    @ Little Jimmy Truth
    ...apparently the Truth is optional.

    March 1, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. AgrippaMT

    Sounds like we'll all have to make a point of watching this fine movie on March 10. Let's all mark our calendars now.

    March 1, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Starlifter

    I thought we were done with this woman!!

    March 1, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. aaron

    HBO had to poke the heifer, now she won't go away again. Giving her any attention is like feeding a stray dog. She'll keep coming back and messing in your yard.

    March 1, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. Slightly Left of Center

    I read the book and actually enjoyed it. It pointed out the best and worst, the highs and lows, the brilliance and stupidity, in all the candidates and their campaigns. If it paints Sawah Palin in a bad light, it's because that where she shines 😮

    March 1, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. Orwell proven

    How appropriate.
    The quitter does change facts.
    She is a republican and therefore cannot do otherwise.

    March 1, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. phearis

    I'm thinking she's upset because there's more truth than fiction. hehe

    March 1, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Some Chick

    She is such a CONTROL freeeek !!
    Most people would ignore and not give a second thought to a movie about them.
    Sarah must feel in control and rage back.
    problem is this: cats outta the bag, we all know the REAL sarah...and the movie is true.

    March 1, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. Texico

    Great Book and THE TRUTH! I hope the film is half as good as the book. Every last one of you people that voted for that ticket need your voter cards taken away,.

    March 1, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. trumod

    It's called "free speech." Anyone can play, not just the Republican echo chamber.

    March 1, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. Denker

    "fact change"?
    She must be kidding!
    All i say is "Death Panels"!

    March 1, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. Purnell Meagre

    I read "Sara Palin fires back at HBO movie" I expect at laest I'm going to read about a TV with a bullet hole in it.

    March 1, 2012 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin never let facts get in the way when she makes inflammatory propoganda speeches before Tea Party family values audiences.

    March 1, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will be our next and greatest President of all times. She will win the nomination in a contested convention and she will easily beat Obama in a landslide victory.

    March 1, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  23. Winston5

    So wait, can she really see Russia from land in Alasaka or not????????

    March 1, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. hitobito

    There no doubt about the vacant intellect of Sarah Palin. This bimbo couldn't even BS her way out of simple questions. She has to be the dumbest Governor in history and the most ignorant person ever to run for a national office. She completely lacks any semblance of intellectual capacity or curiosity. And she really wasn't a very good basketball player either.

    March 1, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. GOP=Make Believe

    Did I miss a memo somewhere? Are we supposed to care what Sarah thinks, says or does?

    March 1, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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