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Dear Roger Ebert: Game Change is Nothing More Than a Sick Liberal Fantasy and Julianne Moore isn’t Sarah Palin

This ain’t Sarah Palin

By Gary P Jackson

Let’s face it, the liberals in Hollywood live in a fantasy world. A world where actual facts matter little. Though Roger Ebert writes for the Chicago Sun-Times he is just as delusional as the rest.

We all know Game Change is nothing more than a hit piece designed to stop Sarah Palin. It was put together by a bunch of Obama sycophants and set to debut as the 2012 presidential race was hitting high gear.

The Hollywood elite assumed Sarah Palin would run for president this year, and be the Republican nominee. Thus guaranteeing their beloved Obama would receive the shellacking of his lifetime in the November election.

This backfired on them, as Palin decided not to run. Now they are stuck with a pile of garbage few will see. To counter this, Julianne Moore, who pathetically tries to play Sarah in this farce, has been all over the talk show circuit doing damage control. Now Roger Ebert, has been enlisted to heap much praise on this schlockfest.

Here is Moore on MSNBC’s Morning Joe claiming everything in the movie was “sourced”:

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Yeah right.

Ebert tittles his piece The greatest actress in American political history. In this love fest he treats Game Change like it’s a documentary, rather than a total work of fiction created with no other purpose in mind than to slander Sarah Palin and her family.

Supporters of Sarah’s, most of whom know her life story as well as Sarah herself does, must read Ebert’s piece. It will have you rolling on the ground in laughter.

That anyone with half a brain thinks the portrayal of Sarah Palin in Game Change has any truth to it whatsoever is laughable on it’s face. Seriously, even Tina Fey’s tortured parody of Palin had more credibility.

There’s a reason why a recent poll in the L.A. Times had readers choosing to see the actual documentary of Sarah Palin’s life, The Undefeated over Game Change by a stunning 76 percent. [to 14 percent for Game Change] Most people recognize bullshit when they see it, and Game Change sets a new “high water mark” for bullshit.

The Undefeated debuts this Sunday [the day after Game Change opens] on Reelz Channel. Reelz is available to more than 62 million cable subscribers, more than twice the number who have HBO.

We all know what those close to Sarah have to say. Both current and former aides have called Game Changesick and inaccurate.”

SarahPAC put out this video to show the real Sarah Palin, and how things actually went down:

The video mentions Sarah’s superior debate skills over Joe Biden. Here’s a bit of a flashback for both Ebert and Moore. In 2008 The Huffington Post put together this video of Sarah Palin debating during the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial campaign. They were well aware of her skill and wanted to make sure Team Obama didn’t take her lightly:

The movie Game Change does it’s best to make those gullible enough to sit through it believe Sarah wasn’t sufficiently vetted. You know, like it was some sort of after thought. A cynical ploy to appeal to women, or something.

Fact is, Sarah Palin was thoroughly vetted by none other than A. B. Culvahouse, a former adviser to President Ronald Reagan, and the go to guy when someone needs vetting for high profile positions.

Here is Culvahouse in 2009 talking to the National Press club about the thorough vetting Sarah received:

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Marisa M. Kashino, writing for the Washingtonian in a lengthy piece entitled: A.B. Culvahouse: The Man Who Vetted Sarah Palin had this to say:

After spending years in the most powerful circles of Washington, the former White House counsel is likely to be remembered most for a single decision: greenlighting Sarah Palin

The walls of A.B. Culvahouse Jr.’s office are the only remarkable things in it. For a corner perch on the tenth floor of a modern downtown DC building, the space is understated. Surely the man who occupies it—a former White House counsel and the chairman of the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers—deserves something larger and nicer.

But the mementos on the walls are impressive. One photo shows Culvahouse during his first day on the job at the White House with President Ronald Reagan. Another shows him in the Oval Office with Reagan, Vice President George H.W. Bush, and Reagan chief of staff Howard Baker. Culvahouse says he’s not supposed to have that one—it’s an original print of the meeting that took place the day former national-security adviser John Poindexter testified about his role in the Iran-Contra affair.

There are framed thank-you notes from some of the high-profile figures Culvahouse has helped through vetting and confirmation processes, an area that has become a specialty of his since he left the White House. Supreme Court justice David Souter, now retired, sent along his words of appreciation after he was confirmed to the high court with Culvahouse’s assistance. Current Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote a thank-you after Culvahouse helped Gates become George H.W. Bush’s CIA director.

There is, however, a notable omission.

Few people outside the Beltway had heard of Culvahouse before the 2008 presidential election, when the Republican nominee, Arizona senator John McCain, asked him to vet his vice-presidential contenders. There isn’t a shred of evidence on the walls that would indicate the role Culvahouse played in launching the national career of McCain’s choice, Alaska governor turned queen of the Tea Party Sarah Palin.

Nothing here would indicate that only 2½ years ago, Culvahouse was on the phone in the conference room next door, interviewing Palin until 3 am Washington time to determine whether she would be a suitable running mate.

It was from that conference room that Culvahouse asked Palin, who was in Arizona, what he calls “the stock questions”: Why did she want to be Vice President? Was she prepared to use nuclear weapons in defense of the American homeland? If we had Osama bin Laden in our sights but taking the shot guaranteed civilian casualties, would she give the go-ahead?

Though Culvahouse won’t reveal Palin’s specific responses, he says he was reassured by them.

She gave a very thoughtful answer to all those questions. People who are more experienced, more savvy—maybe some of them gave less savvy answers,” he says with a look that indicates he’s referring to some of McCain’s other VP contenders.

There was more: “On the phone, it was clear she had a personality that fills the room. A certain aura about her.”

Culvahouse sensed then the charisma that would propel Palin into folk-hero status among the Republican base and allow her to lead a new movement.

I recently republished an interview Sarah did with Larry Kudlow in June of 2008. Though the interview was about the need for energy independence, the talk got around to John McCain and the fact Sarah was on his short list. This sorta puts the “last minute, Hail Mary” meme to bed.

Though the backers of Game Change are struggling to salvage their credibility, their effort is an exercise in futility. Over the last few weeks all sorts of revelations about the movie, those backing it, writing it, directing it, and acting in it are coming out. That this is nothing more than a political hit piece of the most vile in nature is an understatement.

John Nolte, writing for Breitbart’s Big Hollywood notes the movie is nothing more than an in-kind contribution to the Obama re-election campaign.

o understand just what a heinous piece of propaganda HBO has produced on behalf of President Obama, we have to go back in time to paint a complete contextual picture. HBO announced “Game Change” in early March of last year. This was after a difficult year for the president, when his approval ratings were in worse shape than they are now. This was also a time when many believed, including myself, that Governor Palin would enter the 2012 race to challenge Obama.

In other words, it’s just a fact that when HBO decided to pull the trigger, the possibility was very real that Palin could become president of the United States. So what did HBO choose to do as a response? Here are the facts:

1.HBO chose to adapt into a feature film the 10 percent of a 350-plus page book that focused on a vice presidential candidate.

2.HBO chose not to adapt into a feature film that portion of the book focusing on what might have given us some insight into the man currently residing in the Oval Office.

3. HBO chose a book written by two men who were not on the campaign trail with Governor Palin, who made a conscious choice of their own to tell only the side of the story coming from those who refused to go on the record. Those willing to go on the record, those willing to stake their reputations on their side of the story, were all but ignored by these authors.

4.HBO chose to give left-wing partisans, who openly support Obama, millions of dollars to bring their vision of his likely challenger to life.

5. HBO chose as a release date (their absurdly dishonest protests aside) the Saturday after Super Tuesday. Think about this: If it’s March of 2011, and you’re remaking “The Hidden,” and you’re thinking ahead to the most likely day the alien might be one step away from obtaining power, what better day to rush in with your flamethrower than the Saturday after Super Tuesday?

The five points I’ve listed above are not opinions; they are facts. They are conscious choices made during the political reality of the time by multi-millionaires like Hanks, Roach and Strong backed by one of the most powerful multi-national corporations on the planet. If there was any justice in the world, HBO would now have to register as a super PAC, and the corrupt mainstream media would treat it with the same contempt and foreboding it does any super PAC backing Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich.

This might not sound like a standard movie review, but the best reviews don’t break down the plot; they give you insight into what the movie is trying to say and why it’s trying to saying it. HBO’s “Game Change” is a firewall that cost millions of dollars and that was built just in case…

Pardon my mixing of movie metaphors, but Moore portrays Palin as a Manchurian Candidate for the extreme right who is activated by a phone call from the McCain campaign. Like a hypnotized spy, she’s humorless, incapable of any kind of emotional connection with anyone, bewildered by circumstance and absolutely determined to meet the goal she’s been programmed to complete. She’s cold, snippy, power-hungry and cruel. Yes, she’s dangerously ignorant of the simplest ways by which the world works, but it’s her calculating political instincts (and we rubes who fall for her beauty, simplicity and venomous hate for Obama) that see her through to triumph.

HBO informs us that Palin speaks in tongues. Moreover, we’re asked to believe that a self-made governor — an honor student who put herself through college, is “flipping” fascinated to discover Germany was our enemy during the world wars. We’re told that the very same woman who gave this interview in 2008 had no idea in 2008 that England has a prime minister. We’re instructed that the engaged governor, who wrote these emails and who sent her son to war and who understands the complexities of harvesting and trading energy like few others, is shocked to learn Saddam Hussein wasn’t behind 9/11, needs a flashcard to memorize what NAFTA is and has never heard of the Federal Reserve.

Did you know that the very same person with extraordinary poise and aplomb, weathering unprecedented media attacks intentionally designed to distort her record and who she is as a human being, breaks and melts down into a fetal position while under pressure? Did you know that the very same person who has never lost her smile or grace, even as her family, including her Down Syndrome son, has been publicly attacked and freak-showed in the cruelest ways imaginable, is a petty, charmless, phone-throwing shrew who demands the firing of others for her own mistakes?

And did you know that the same woman who has been unfailingly loyal to Sen. McCain so scared him with her ruthless ambition that he told a Steve Schmidt begging him to get her under control, “That’s not gonna do it, Steve. She might start turning on me.”

There’s no doubt HBO and its many enablers in the entertainment media will contest this point based on the few short moments we’re allowed to see the Governor with her family and with parents of Down Syndrome children. But even during these scenes, Moore’s one-note performance only shifts into a lower gear. Her hypnotic, unnerving lack of a core is always right below the surface. No matter what the situation, there’s always a dark, calculating vacancy somewhere in this alien’s eyes. And the reasons for this are obvious. HBO and Moore found it imperative to deconstruct Palin’s strengths – her warmth, charisma and extraordinary ability to connect with everyday Americans…

Now that I’ve actually had a chance to screen HBO’s “Game Change,” I can tell you without any hesitation that if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen the movie. The film is nothing more than an extended version of those 107 seconds; for around two hours, Governor Palin is demonized, dehumanized, slandered and maliciously morphed into something unrecognizable – a petty, joyless, snippy, unstable, moronic political mercenary.

Essentially, what HBO and company have done is to bring to life that which justifies the darkest part of their own incapacity to see the humanity in those who might threaten the reelection of Barack Obama.

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In December Stacy Drake wrote the first of a series of articles about the movie Behind the Smears of HBO’s “Game Change

Stacy also asks How Can HBO’s Game Change be Fact Based when it’s Based on Gossip and Lies?. This must read includes reviews from many influential liberals who also call the movie a total crock.

There are a good number of articles, by many authors, over at Big Hollywood that expose Game Change for what it is.

Brandon Darby warns readers liberals like Roger Ebert will work over time carrying HBO’s water.

John Nolte tells readers what HBO is afraid to, catching the cable network in a series of lies.

The movie, like many of Palin’s detractors, falsely claims Sarah cost John McCain the election. Anyone who saw the unprecedented crowds who showed up [and still show up] when Sarah Palin shows up, knows that’s another load of BS. Ben Shapiro asks Who do you believe, HBO, or the exit polls?

The movie also continues the lie that people at a McCain/Palin event were shouting, among other things, “kill him” in regards to Obama. As Larry O’Connor points out that was a lie started by Dana Milbank, though it was supposedly domestic terrorist [and Obama running buddy] Bill Ayers, not Obama who the crowds supposedly wanted killed. O’Connor asks Who you gonna believe HBO, or the Secret Service?

Back to the “Palin cost McCain the election” lie, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro provides more evidence, this time from Gallup, that Game Change is full of it.

Shapiro interviews top McCain adviser T. Michael Andrews, who further puts an end to the costing McCain the election nonsense.

Liberty Chick points out Game Change’s lies of omission.

Ben Shapiro points out the extent of left wing media bias as he compares the reaction to The Kennedys vs Game Change.

Dan Riehl notes Sarah Palin’s former national security adviser, Randy Scheunemann, who worked for the McCain campaign, called the portrayal of his interactions with Governor Palin an absolute lie.

Scheunemann goes into some detail about the actual intense interactions he had with Sarah. Obviously these were productive meetings, as he would go on to work for her in the position of national security adviser for some time. Scheunemann would eventually be replaced by Peter Schweizer, a Reagan biographer, and research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Schweizer also penned the best seller Throw Them All Out about corruption in Washington.

Oh, and the principles behind Game Change: Tom Hanks, Jay Roach, Woody Harrelson, and Ed Harris donated $200,000 to democrats and $0 to Republicans.

But according to Moore and Ebert, Game Change is a fair portrayal of Sarah Palin and the events surrounding the 2008 election. If you believe this, I have some ocean front property in Central Texas that has your name written all over it.

Game Change is nothing more than propaganda designed to help Obama, had Sarah Palin been the Republican nominee. It’s the only reason the movie was ever made. No amount of spin by the likes of Ebert and Moore is going to change that.

Too many people know the truth about Sarah Palin, and what actually happened during the 2008 campaign. All are willing to go on record. On the other hand, none of the people who HBO “sourced” are willing to do the same. That tells you all you need to know.

Game Change is a sick liberal fantasy, and Julianne Moore is no Sarah Palin. On Sunday night I’ll be joining those 76 percent who chose The Undefeated over Game Change. Unlike Hollywood, I like to deal in reality.

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What Happens When a Film about the Anti “Chicago Politician” Plays in Chicago

by Whitney Pitcher

I had the opportunity to attend the screening of “The Undefeated” in Chicago on Saturday. The screening was announced late on Wednesday night and was shown on Saturday at noon, meaning that there was roughly 60 hours between the announcement and the screening itself.  In spite of this, a lack of traditional advertising, and its liberal Chicago location, even known Palin critic, Roger Ebert, noted that the 200 seat theater was nearly full.  The location of the theater was particular interesting, as it was situated just across the street from where Bill Maher would be “performing “later that evening and only a few blocks away from President Obama’s reelection headquarters, placing the theater in the symbolic midst of both Governor Palin’s  personal attacks and her political opposition.

The reaction to the film has been a delight to see. As the Chicago Sun Times noted, even Chicago Democrats came away with a new found respect for Governor Palin:

Eddie Bryant, who attended the screening of “The Undefeated” at downtown’s Gene Siskel Film Center, is an African-American and Chicago Democrat. The retired 67-year-old Union Pacific employee said he was surprised to find he actually likes Palin.

“I came because my friend is always talking about Sarah Palin. People say this lady is brainless. She’s not only smart, but she’s a clean-government person. I gained respect for her,” Bryant said.

Roger Ebert, known for tweeting and writing rather hateful comments about Governor Palin, wrote a review that was relatively mild by the standards of any harsh critic of Governor Palin. If anything, the most revealing aspect of Ebert’s review is his inability to understand the difference between conservatives and Republicans. Yes, Mr.Ebert, sometimes the protagonist and the antagonists are on the same team.

Ebert also noted that the audience was attentive and began cheering when a clip from Rick Santelli’s now famous “rant” on the floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange was played.  Applause erupted about a half a dozen times throughout the film particularly when memorable lines from Governor Palin’s speeches were shown. All in all, a very receptive audience in Chicago. Stephen Bannon engaged in a nice question and answer session with attendees following the film.

From my personal perspective, I had the opportunity to see a rough cut a few weeks ago, but seeing the finished version with nearly two hundred other individuals in a theater is completely different than watching it on your couch in front of a 20 inch TV screen. The spirit of The Undefeated showed throughout the film. Governor Palin took on the oil companies and won. She took on the political establishment and won. She took on corruption and won. It was not only her accomplishments that make the title “The Undefeated”, but the attitude which Governor Palin and the Tea Party movement carry themselves. Though I do not want to give away too much, I have to say that the final several minutes of the film provide a cinematic crescendo to the movement of the film with great commentary about Governor Palin, the political establishment, and the Tea Party from Andrew Breitbart, Tammy Bruce, Sonnie Johnson, Mark Levin and others.

Organize4Palin’s Illinois group and Students4Palin were at the screening handing out palm cards and signing people up with Organize4Palin before and after the film. Below are a few volunteers still ready for action, just after most attendees had been seated:

 

One of the individuals who signed up with Organize4Palin simply identified herself as “Chloe’s Mama Grizzly”. She had come up from Marion, Illinois—more than four and a half hours from Chicago. She spoke to me about her own personal story about an overreaching government and their neglect of parent’s rights. Her experience and the example of Governor Palin had planted a seed in her to possibly run for elected office.

Governor Palin’s story of reform and fighting corruption is likely why many Illinoisans, including Democrats like the aforementioned Mr. Bryant, have respect for her.  Illinois has a bipartisan corruption problem and a massive spending problem. Just as the country as a whole needs Sarah Palin as a leader, so does the state of Illinois. As I drove back to Springfield from Chicago on I-55, I passed the Exxon Mobil refinery in Joliet, and it reminded me of how the film highlighted Governor Palin’s firm stance against the oil giant in holding them accountable to their lease.  Additionally, the sometimes harsh Illinois winters will benefit from the completion of the natural gas pipeline that Governor Palin championed which will bring North Slope natural gas to the Midwest. Just as the cinematic story of her achievements came to Illinois, so do her political achievements themselves as well.

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