On Big Hollywood: The Top 10 Lies of HBO’s ‘Game Change’

Last night, Big Hollywood published a piece I wrote for them titled “The Top 10 Lies of HBO’s Game Change.” I wrote the article after I had watched the movie and noted several fabrications, distortions, and false narratives promoted by the film:

Defenders of HBO’s “Game Change” have fought back against those who criticize the politically charged film as a two-hour attack on Sarah Palin. They claim that unless a person has watched it in its entirety, they cannot judge its content or the people involved with the project.

Well, I’ve seen the entire movie, so don’t mind me while I go ahead and judge this piece of high-dollar propaganda.

“Game Change” is pretty easy to deconstruct. At its core, it’s a left-wing project designed to make one of their most hated political enemies toxic. They used people with an axe to grind to legitimize the story they want viewers to believe and help push their agenda. They also have no problem lying.

Honestly, it was difficult to narrow down this list because there were so many fabrications and distortions throughout the film, but here are the top ten lies produced by HBO.

Lie #10: HBO released a defensive statement to the press along with screeners of the film saying the project “is a balanced portrayal of the McCain/Palin campaign.” Having seen the movie in its entirety, I can say that that statement is beyond absurd. There was nothing “balanced” about the story they told. As someone who has studied Palin’s career for years, I can say that I didn’t even recognize the person sold as “Governor Palin,” here played by Julianne Moore…

Lie #9: Virtually every characteristic attributed to Palin in “Game Change” is false. They portray her as as egotistical, ungracious, demanding, stupid, forgetful and, cruelest of all, mentally unstable. They do show her as a loving mother, even though they have her going into “catatonic stupors” being separated from her children. Even when they’re trying to be nice they’re mean. I don’t know Palin personally, but I know people who do. I have never heard any stories that fit the descriptions listed above; in fact, I’ve heard just the opposite.

An egotistical person wouldn’t put her state’s well-being before her own political career. An ungracious person wouldn’t spend her time calling in long messages to supporters, giving them shout-outs at rallies, or spending countless time shaking their hands on rope-lines. It also appears as though Alec Baldwin didn’t get the lefty memo. In October of 2008, after meeting her on the set on SNL, Baldwin describes Palin as “polite” and “gracious.” Oops!


Lie #8: “Game Change” depicts Palin as unwilling to go on stage with Jeb Bradley because he is pro-choice. At the 92 minute mark of the film, Palin tells a staffer:

There’s no way I’m going on stage with anyone who’s pro-choice.

When HBO sends out statements telling people that they “ensure” the “historical accuracy” of the research they conduct, they’re lying. If this woman refused to go on stage with anyone because they’re pro-choice, why did she attend rallies with Joe Lieberman in Pennsylvania and Florida during the campaign? Why did she also allow the L.A. President of NOW to introduce her at yet another rally during the campaign in question? Palin doesn’t ostracize people for having a different opinion than she does. Frankly, that’s more in line with behavior I have come to expect from the left.


Lie #5: The sin of omission regarding the film’s depiction of the “Troopergate” (aka “Tasergate“) investigation certainly qualifies as an egregious lie. The movie briefly mentions it early on, but during a scene at around the 93 minute mark, Schmidt says:

You cannot say that you were cleared of all wrongdoing.” … “The report stated that you abused your power. That is the opposite of being cleared of all wrong doing.”

Really, HBO? And which “report” was that? The report they cite was headed up by Democrats in the Alaska Legislature and known Obama allies during the campaign. It was a political witch hunt, not an honest investigation. In fact, President Barack Obama rewarded State Senator Kim Elton, a longtime friend of Pete Rouse and Chairman of the Legislative Council who released the report, with a fancy job at the Interior Departmentin his administration after the election. It was a shining example of the blatant pay-for-play antics of the Obama administration during the early days.

Something else that HBO purposely leaves out of their movie is that Palin was cleared of all wrongdoing in an independent investigation, just before the election in 2008. From the AP:

A report has cleared Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of ethics violations in the firing of her public safety commissioner.Released Monday, the report says there is no probable cause to believe Palin or any other state official violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with the firing. The report was prepared by Timothy Petumenos, an independent counsel for the Alaska Personnel Board.

HBO leaves viewers with the impression that Palin had been found guilty of an ethical lapse, when in reality she had been cleared by the very board legally charged with investigating the matter.

After watching the film, I spoke with Thomas Van Flein, Palin’s attorney throughout both “Troopergate” investigations. Van Flein undoubtedly knows more about this topic than any other person in the country. He told me that HBO never contacted him.

He also reminded me about a statement released by Hollis French, an Alaska Democrat who was also involved with the Branchflower report. French had said openly that due to their actions, the McCain campaign now had “to deal with an October surprise.”

Van Flein also stated:

The true independent board that reviewed this matter and exonerated Governor Palin in the Petumenos report, condemned the Branchflower report as biased, partisan, incomplete, and incompetent.

The Anchorage Daily News reported at the time:

Petumenos wrote the Legislature’s special counsel, former state prosecutor Steve Branchflower, used the wrong state law as the basis for his conclusions and also misconstrued the evidence.

To quote Bill Dyer, the Branchflower report, the one sold by HBO as proof the Palin was guilty of any wrongdoing, was “an obvious political hatchet job.”Democrats who were active with Obama’s campaign hijacked the process, ignored the law and released a report that fit their agenda. Luckily, an independent board corrected the record. That doesn’t stop HBO from misleading their viewers.

You can read the entire piece here.

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