Byron York Ponders Why HBO’s Game Change Focused Entirely on Palin

It’s a good question considering that only two chapters of the book are about Governor Palin.

From Byron York via the Washington Examiner:

The book, by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, focused equally on the bitter contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, and the troubled McCain-Palin ticket that went down to defeat in November ‘08.

But the movie is about just one topic: Sarah Palin. Director Jay Roach jettisoned most of the book’s riveting political story so he could focus on the tumultuous period in which John McCain chose the then-governor of Alaska as his running mate.

Despite a few positive touches, no one will be surprised to learn that “Game Change,” the movie, will present an overwhelmingly negative portrait of Palin. Roach — he also directed the one-sided, pro-Gore “Recount” about the 2000 election — even goes beyond the book to throw in some new material from his own research. Roach also compressed some events and turned descriptions of conversations into dialogue that may or may not have actually happened.

But put that aside. Why did Hollywood focus on only one-half of “Game Change”? The other half would have made a great movie. …

The alternate “Game Change” could have featured white Democratic party elders torn over the Clinton-Obama contest, loyal to Mrs. Clinton yet impressed by Obama’s ability to speak “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” (in the infamous words of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid).

And then there was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. What a great role the fiery preacher from Chicago would have made! “Game Change” — the book — reported that Obama and his top aides knew all along that Wright would be a problem, and yet did nothing about it until Wright’s “Goddamn America” sermon burst into the news.

The alternate “Game Change” could have featured top Clinton aide Harold Ickes’ suggestion that the campaign hire a private investigator to probe Obama’s connections to Wright. “This guy has been sitting in the church for twenty f–king years,” Ickes is quoted in the book as saying. “If you really want to take him down, let’s take him f–king down.” Screenwriter Danny Strong — he also worked on “Recount” — couldn’t have written it better himself.

You can read the entire article here.

John Nolte at Big Hollywood also weighed in on York’s piece:

So, what we have here, is a movie based on a questionable book that extensively used unnamed sources (well, at least until rabid Palin-hater Steve Schmidt decided to come out of the closet), and a movie that chose to only grab the small portion of that book that has nothing to do with the sitting President of the United States.

Why would HBO do such a thing?

Well, when the film was first announced last year, Governor Palin was still a likely 2012 challenger to Barack Obama. So a hit-job movie based on a hit-job book that would target the likely GOP front-runner in the heat of a campaign, must’ve seemed like the perfect in-kind contribution to Obama’s reelection effort — especially for director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong. After all, both men contributed the maximum amount to Obama in ‘08, and that probably just didn’t feel like enough.

And so with millions at their disposal from a “SuperPAC” called HBO, and a complicit left-wing media that for years has been desperate to find a silver bullet that might finally take Palin down for good, we get a major television “event” surrounded by unbelievable media hype, that chose to “speak truth to the out-of-power,” as opposed to offering any insight on the most powerful man in the world and his current Secretary of State.

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