Another Look at the Movie “Game Change”

The child that moved into my house last July has greatly diluted the amount of time I have to watch movies, be it in the house or at the movies. I wouldn’t have it any other way, just sayin’.

Due to my cable going on the fritz in some storms last night, I was in need of something to do last night. I was able to take in Game Change last night with the ladies. Well, little one crawled around the living room and played, but we were all in the room.

Watching the movie, I was quite entertained as the movie suggested and/or delved deeper into things I’d only read about on the internets before. I will not opine on what it suggested about the complete and total trainwreck that was the McFailin’ campaign in 2008 and just how much of that came directly as a result of (1) the selection of Palin in the first place, and (2) empowering her, an apparent egomaniac, which created the monster that would prove the undoing of the campaign.

Enough on that.

Just after the movie ended, my cable was back and my Syracuse Orange had lost the game. Instead of getting all dejected about a loss that I knew was coming, my fiancé had looked to see what Palin’s “official” response was to the movie and implored me to check it out and chuckle with her. Despite her “not going to see” (Palin’s words, not mine) the made-for-HBO movie (ha!), her website featured the statement:

Despite HBO’s best efforts, we have all seen the movie Game Change. We stand by everything we previously said on the record. The movie is at best “historical fiction” – historical only in that Sarah Palin was nominated and campaigned for the office of Vice President. The movie is a series of scenes where the dialogue, locations and participants are invented or rendered unrecognizable for dramatic effect. HBO and its surrogates continue to argue that they spoke to 25 sources. None of them are on the record nor is their level of involvement in the campaign disclosed. Not one source is on the record in either the book or in the movie and it is clear why. The authors of the book never even traveled on the campaign with Governor Palin. We call on HBO to add the fiction disclaimer.

You know… I took a moment to think back on the things I saw on HBO when I actually DID have the channel available between my teenage years and 2007.

-Live sex/bastermation/insertion depicted on premium cable TV, both homo and hetero, with no X-rating.

-Crack being bought, sold and smoked; Crystal Meth, and Black Tar Heroin as well

-Prostitutes observed, followed and interviewed WHILE ON THE STROLL

… and the pimps who put them there

Through all of that, I’ve YET to hear/read of any of the drug/ass salespersons arrested as a direct result of their on-screen actions, nor have I heard anything of HBO themselves being tied up in it for their involvement.

I say all that to say that if HBO’s very apparently adept team of lawyers had ANY reason to think that they would have a problem with potential libel/defamation/slander, then the movie would have been edited accordingly or would already be marked as a fictional work – at worse, it might have been scrapped. She (or her people) continue(s) the time-tested tactic of “tell em a lie and let it serve your message until someone refudiates it” where they challenge that “none of the ’25 sources’ are on record. Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, both intimately involved in the actions depicted in the film, defend its accuracy without apparent fear of retribution from the party, and George Stephanopoulos Liberal Media tool, defends it as accurate as well.

Alas, it is not marked as a fictional work, and I would be dollars to donuts that it never will be. The fact that people depicted in it have come forward to defend the accuracy speaks volumes to me. In fact, it was a damned entertaining movie and Sarah can continue to refuse to see it, but I think I will watch it a couple more times.