"Game Change": HBO's Politically Correct Hit Piece on Palin
It's ironic that this movie, about supposedly inadequate vetting, not only tries to depict Obama as an historic and worthy president, but to immunize him now from vetting by making exposure of his past associations seem racist.
HBO never did a movie based on Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and The Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case" (which was a hoax case, not a rape case), but it just broadcast "Game Change," a tribute to the election of President Barack Obama and an attempted political assassination of Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate.
Predictably, "Game Change" looked forward to the current presidential race as well as back to the 2008 presidential race, apparently trying hard to discourage belatedly vetting of now President Obama as racist, desperate and unfair.
The liberal media establishment's game plan for the 2008 presidential election was to put Barack Obama in the White House and it was not about to tolerate a "game changer" frustrating that plan.
That's why The New York Times spiked an Obama/ACORN expose sourced by ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief in October 2008. Times correspondent Stephanie Strom left MonCrief a voicemail reporting that "higher up' had told her to "stand down" and explained when MonCrief called back that Times policy was not to print "a game changer" so close to Election Day.
Certainly not "a game changer" that would keep Obama from being elected President!
After learning from Strom on October 21, 2008 that her editors had blocked an ACORN-Obama campaign expose, fearing that it might be "a game changer," a frustrated MonCrief reluctantly shed the cloak of anonymity that she had prized and (1) authorized me to publicly identify her as a source, (2) agreed to become a witness for Heather Heidelbaugh, Esq. in a Pennsylvania case involving ACORN and (3) even set up her own blog. See "Times reporter Stephanie Strom's dilemma" at www.renewamerica.com/columns/gaynor/090407 and
"ACORN Whistleblower Anita MonCrief's Blog" at www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=gaynorm&date=090427.
Palin was a potential game changer too. The liberal media establishment could not keep her from becoming well known to the voters, so it had to discredit her "big time."
Chicago TV Examiner's Kimberly Schure's "Review: HBO's 'Game Change' - Sarah Palin's rise and fall" (www.examiner.com/tv-in-chicago/hbo-s-game-change-the-rise-and-fall-of-sarah-palin-review) both exemplifies liberal media bias and fits nicely in the plan to re-elect President Obama. The movie is leftist propaganda, and Schure seems to have swallowed whole the plethora of lies that permeate the movie. See "Top 10 Lies of HBO's 'Game Change'" at www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/03/09/top-10-lies-game-change.
Schure did not make a secret of her personal views: "Does 'Game Change' unjustly malign Sarah Palin in its portrayal? In my opinion, 'Game Change' didn't go far enough."
Schure began: "Is HBO's 'Game Change"' another attempt by the 'gotcha' media to unjustly malign Sarah Palin? Not by an Alaskan mile. 'Game Change' actually plays nice and by the rules, whereas a harsher view could be portrayed of Palin with the Alaskan governor increasingly 'going rogue' and spawning hate-mongering rallies targeted at Barrack Obama."
Schure's concept of "play[ing] nice" with Palin apparently was satisfied by portraying her as a good man and acknowledging that her son Trig is really her son, not her grandson. That done, it's 'nice" to imply that Palin the Republican VP nominee was a mental case on the verge of a nervous breakdown. How Palin nevertheless managed to deliver a dynamite, "game-changing" acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention and impress at the vice presidential debate while being so abysmally ignorant and prone to periods of mental paralysis and perhaps a mental breakdown is not explained.
Of course "Game Change" insisted that ABC's Charlie Gibson and CBS's Katie Couric were fair to Palin and that liberal media bias is imaginary. That's politically correct, but not really correct.
The movie's theme, as Schure put it, is that "McCain's advisors' desperate scramble to find McCain's running mate and thereby bolster McCain's campaign ma[d]e them choose Sarah Palin recklessly without fully vetting her."
The movie lauded McCain for refusing to use Obama's very revealing long relationship with Rev. Jeremiah "God damn America" Wright against him and publicly insisting that Obama is a fine American with whom McCain had policy differences. That made it necessary to give McCain himself a pass for not vetting Palin while blaming his staff.
It's ironic that this movie, about supposedly inadequate vetting, not only tries to depict Obama as an historic and worthy president, but to immunize him now from vetting by making exposure of his past associations seem racist. McCain received credit for not playing the Rev. Wright card, but he finally played the Bill Ayers card (since Ayers is white) and that was made to seem both desperate and wrong.
To Schure, Palin's reference to Obama's involvement with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers is "ril[ing] up [crowds] in Obama hate rallies" and Palin is "a monster" and a "power-driven diva" with "huge flaws."
Lest criticism of Palin seem sexist, the movie used the Nicolle Wallace character to make it seem fair.
"Palin-handler, Nicolle Wallace...refuses to deal with Palin after McCain's running mate becomes increasingly irrational and unstable. Palin obsessively demands to know her polling numbers for the state of Alaska, essentially wasting $70,000 of McCain's campaign fund that's desperately needed elsewhere. Steve Schmidt...comes to regret his decision of recommending Palin to McCain as Palin increasingly goes 'rogue' and starts to contradict McCain's stance on issues.
"'Game Change' portrays Palin also as being unbelievably ignorant in matters of foreign policy or even basic history. There's a scene where Schmidt coaches Palin on basic European geography and the details of World War II. In one scene, Palin believes the U.S. deals with the Queen of England instead of Britain's prime minister. To make matters worse, Palin also refuses to be coached, especially before the crucial interview with Katie Couric.
"'I am not your puppet,' Palin declares to Nicolle Wallace.
"As Palin's ego and belief the campaign is all about her stardom gains momentum, McCain's presidential bid starts to wither. Nicolle Wallace admits on election day she was unable to vote for the McCain ticket because of fear of Palin getting into the White House. Likewise, Schmidt realizes he created a monster as the crowd chants Palin's name at McCain's resignation speech. At the end of 'Game Change,' Schmidt regrets there are no 'do overs' when asked if he'd recommend Palin again."
We can't do the 2008 presidential campaign over, but we can learn from it and avoid compounding the mistake of electing Obama by reelecting him.
Tellingly, the movie never mentioned ACORN.
That's because ACORN remains Obama's Achilles' heel and the liberal media establishment doesn't want us to focus on Obama's relationship with it, much less his blatant lies about it, during his 2008 presidential campaign.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.