“Game Change” author: “Totally pleased” with HBO’s adaptation of his book

posted at 4:50 pm on March 12, 2012 by Tina Korbe

According to Townhall.com’s John Hanlon, HBO’s much-hyped “Game Change” was “everything conservatives feared it would be,” but author Mark Halperin is still pleased with it. It’s not only a faithful adaptation of the book he co-authored with John Heilemann, he said, but it’s faithful to history. Heh.

At the premiere in Washington, D.C. on Mar. 8, CNSNews.com asked Halperin, who works for Time magazine, if he was pleased with the adaptation of “Game Change,” the book he co-wrote with John Heilemann, and if the film is an accurate and fair portrayal of the former Alaska governor. (Heilemann is a reporter for New York magazine.)

Halperin said, “Totally pleased with it. It’s faithful to the book, which pleases us. But more importantly, it’s faithful to history, which is a big part of our motivation and our drive in working with HBO because they’ve got such a record of caring about not just entertainment — the film’s entertaining — but also accuracy.”

CNSNews.com then asked Halperin, “Which issues do you agree with Sarah Palin on, if any?”

He said, “On policy issues? I’m a reporter, so I think it’s my obligation to keep my positions private and to cover people without regard to whether I agree with them or not. So, I agree with her that America is a great country.”

If Halperin really does have such a noble sense of his obligation as a reporter to strive for objectivity, then good for him. It’s hard not to be skeptical, though: Did Halperin refuse to name an issue because he doesn’t agree with Palin about anything? I wonder.

It certainly seems strange that such a conscientious reporter would be unperturbed by the scenes that occur in the movie that aren’t recorded in the book — even scenes that the principal players say never happened. He also says he’s OK with HBO’s decision to focus narrowly on a single section of the book and to eliminate the story of the 2008 Democratic primary entirely. Halperin gives the impression that HBO could have done whatever it wanted with his work and he’d be completely content — because, you know, it’s HBO.

P.S. Please don’t confuse Mark Halperin with Mark Helprin, the conservative commentator and talented novelist whose work you should read before you check out “Game Change.”


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The Blog above is intersting Background.

Here is the “Back Stab” article:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/back-stab_633411.html

The Political Operatives who Fed Their Media Friends The LIES that Became “Game Change” were ALL former Romney Operatives Absorbed by McCain’s Campaign when it became obvious McCain – not Romney – would get the nomination.

They sabotaged the McCain Campaign and Palin when Romney did not get the “VP Nod”. Did Romney Direct that?

williamg on March 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

How This Happened – Nicole Wallace and Schmidt worked for Romney.

williamg on March 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I don’t understand why they fear this woman so much.

John the Libertarian on March 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

“Game Change” author: “Totally pleased” with HBO’s adaptation of his book

Totally, like, pleased and stuff, with the, like, lies and stuff.

SparkPlug on March 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

What a d*ck.

fiatboomer on March 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Did the author research all of the Saturday Night Live episodes – ya know – for real authenticity?

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Just in case you haven’t read it yet:

The Top 10 Lies of Game Change

Kataklysmic on March 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

He said, “On policy issues? I’m a reporter, so I think it’s my obligation to keep my positions private and to cover people without regard to whether I agree with them or not.

No, it’s the exact opposite. If you keep your political positions hidden from the public, then it calls into question your objectivity. If you won’t let us determine whether your reporting is influenced by your views, we’ll assume that you’re not objective.

aunursa on March 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I have always understood why they fear her. She emboldens us to take action by way of her example. They fear that. They also fear her as a symbol of everything that is wrong with the woman’s movement, abortion and gun control.

They fear her solutions to energy issues as well.

SparkPlug on March 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The book itself was a work of fiction. The only real purposes it served were to stroke the massive Obama ego and to make Palin look bad.

It was a lousy book, boring and nowhere close to the unbiased look at the election it was purported to be.

arik1969 on March 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Schmidt, Wallace and the producers swear that everything in GC is the truth. In the scenes where it shows Palin alone or where it shows Sarah and Todd talking, who witnessed them? Did they bug Palin? Are Jason Recher and Randy Scheunemann lying? What would be funny if Jason and Randy suggested that all of them take a polygraph.

If Schmidt admits that the scene showing McCain saying, “bring me a woman” didn’t actually happen, why should we believe any of it?

The biggest disappointment is that so many of the GOPe are sitting on their hands, or even worse, attended the premier.

I don’t know who’s more scared of Palin, the left or the GOPe. It may be the GOPe because Palin will reform and rebuild the GOP. She’ll do it from the bottom up and she’ll have the support of Rush and Levin while she’s doing it. She will turn the GOP into a Conservative Populist party as opposed to a Squishy Semi-Conservative Statist party. It may take ten years to accomplish, but by that time she’ll be ready to move into the WH.

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

certainly seems strange that such a conscientious reporter would be unperturbed by the scenes that occur in the movie that aren’t recorded in the book

Because he’s a conscientious lefty who has to take down a principled conservative.

rbj on March 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

They fear her because she is a Reaganite too.

SparkPlug on March 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I have always understood why they fear her. She emboldens us to take action by way of her example. They fear that. They also fear her as a symbol of everything that is wrong with the woman’s movement, abortion and gun control.

They fear her solutions to energy issues as well.

SparkPlug on March 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Two thumbs up.

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

When does the Clinton/Obama movie appear on HBO?

50sGuy on March 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Did any Hot Gassers see the movie? We don’t have HBO or I might have checked it out for laughs.
Was it pretty ridiculous?

BakerAllie on March 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Schmidt, Wallace and the producers swear that everything in GC is the truth. In the scenes where it shows Palin alone or where it shows Sarah and Todd talking, who witnessed them?

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Maybe Obama was looking down from on high.

Kataklysmic on March 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I would like a list of all the names of “Republicans” that attended the HBO viewing of this filthy smear/ Hit piece.

portlandon on March 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I have always understood why they fear her. She emboldens us to take action by way of her example. They fear that. They also fear her as a symbol of everything that is wrong with the woman’s movement, abortion and gun control.

They fear her solutions to energy issues as well.

SparkPlug on March 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Yep. The liberals have a narrative that the “own” women.
She proves them wrong and points to a large group of women who share her values and it scares the daylights out of the democrats.

BakerAllie on March 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

SparkPlug on March 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The HBO will betray you.

John the Libertarian on March 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

am i the only one who thinks that halperin has a classic weasel-face?

homesickamerican on March 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I won’t watch it, until it gets the Soledad O’Brien stamp of approval.

Oh, and until I get HBO, too.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

This will spawn a dozen more cultural memes like “I can see Russia from my house”. Not knowing Germany was the enemy in WWII. Curled up in a ball, crying. Not knowing the difference between North and South Korea. How they persecute this woman, and how she continues on in spite of it. It doesn’t energize her, and she works hard so it doesn’t get to her. It’s just crap she has to deal with — the perception of her as a stupid person.

Paul-Cincy on March 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

am i the only one who thinks that halperin has a classic weasel-face?

homesickamerican on March 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I know what you’re saying … but I’ve always found real weasels to have a bright look about them.

This guy, though, looks really dull.

I’m just stickin’ up for real weasels.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I don’t understand why they fear this woman so much.

John the Libertarian on March 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

See The Undefeated….

idesign on March 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Actually Mark Halperin is more like a Jake Tapper. He’s pretty balanced. The book was mostly about the Obama/Clinton battle but the movie makers thought the picking of Sarah Palin was more interesting.

Halperin’s co-author seems more liberal at least from observing his opinion on issues from TV appearances.

I think the books claims about Palin are spot on. Let’s not have our own version of “Obama worship” with Palin. She was a terribly flawed candidate.

justinok on March 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

When the book came out, a lot of conservative commenters were citing the Obama/Clinton/Edwards gossip stuff chapter and verse.

But the Palin gossipy stuff in that same book? Utter fiction.

Uh huh.

YYZ on March 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I’ll await Bradky’s review. He used to be in here quoting Game Change as if it were Scripture.

This will spawn a dozen more cultural memes like “I can see Russia from my house”. Not knowing Germany was the enemy in WWII. Curled up in a ball, crying. Not knowing the difference between North and South Korea.

Paul-Cincy on March 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Nah, I don’t think so. This crap will only affect those who already hate her. Most people know what the anti-Palin game is.

ddrintn on March 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Did any Hot Gassers see the movie? We don’t have HBO or I might have checked it out for laughs.
Was it pretty ridiculous?

BakerAllie on March 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

If Obamas hollywood friends burn millions to produce a propaganda movie focused on Palin , what is the expected result?

the_nile on March 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I think the treatment of Palin by Liberals/MSM is totally appalling, but that doesn’t mean I think she should be the leader of the conservative movement or that she is above criticism.

Like a broken clock is right twice a day, I think unfortunately Palin was simply in over her head.

BradTank on March 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

All the people who backstabbed Sarah are now ROMNEYCARE peeps. That includes Megan McCain – who was basically the first “Republican” to endorse Romney well over a year and half ago.

Just another reason you’ll have to put me through 200 sessions of extreme waterboarding with Rosanne Barr holding me down naked before I’ll EVER cast a vote for Willard.

HondaV65 on March 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Why would anyone validate this pandering of the leftists. Ignore it, and forget about it. Stop giving the liberal shmucks the satisfaction of any response they are looking for.

Kudos to McCain and Palin who said they weren’t going to watch the lies and give even more dialogue to this media tripe.

Just Say No to sh?tty journalism.

FlaMurph on March 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I think the books claims about Palin are spot on. Let’s not have our own version of “Obama worship” with Palin. She was a terribly flawed candidate.

justinok on March 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

So you believe that Sarah Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent, didn’t know who we fought in WWII, didn’t know N & S Korea were separate countries?

Kataklysmic on March 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are “news” sources for the dim-witted.

And the cattle go “moo,” and vote for Obamuh.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I have always understood why they fear her.

SparkPlug on March 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I have a different view. They fear her because they don’t understand what motivates her. Not fame, not admiration from others, not wealth, not molding America according to her own vision. She’d be happy living in Alaska, raising her family. She’s inspired by the idea of helping others live out their dreams. Not implementing the dream she has for America. It’s about truly helping others.

To liberals, it’s like watching a woman flying. How does she do it? Where are the wires, or jet-pack? They don’t understand what Sarah Palin gets out of doing what she does. It drives them crazy. What’s in it for her? Surely she’s driven by the love of her supporters? No. It’s just political support. It’s not about her. It doesn’t have to be her. She’d support anyone with conservative principles.

It drives them crazy. She flies, with no visible means of support. They can’t figure it out.

Paul-Cincy on March 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

YYZ on March 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Look at the sources for the crap about Palin and consider for yourself whether or not they’re making shite up.

fiatboomer on March 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Actually Mark Halperin is more like a Jake Tapper. He’s pretty balanced. The book was mostly about the Obama/Clinton battle but the movie makers thought the picking of Sarah Palin was more interesting.

Halperin’s co-author seems more liberal at least from observing his opinion on issues from TV appearances.

I think the books claims about Palin are spot on. Let’s not have our own version of “Obama worship” with Palin. She was a terribly flawed candidate.

justinok on March 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

You’re full of BS.

It’s a propaganda hit piece.

the_nile on March 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

So you believe that Sarah Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent, didn’t know who we fought in WWII, didn’t know N & S Korea were separate countries?

Kataklysmic on March 12, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I believe that a Harvard graduate can become President without knowing how to pronounce, “Corpsman,” and without knowing that American forces, and his Great Uncle, were nowhere near Poland and Auschwitz.

Believe It Or Not!

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

When the book came out, a lot of conservative commenters were citing the Obama/Clinton/Edwards gossip stuff chapter and verse.

YYZ on March 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Like who?

ddrintn on March 12, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I don’t understand why they fear this woman so much.

John the Libertarian on March 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Serious question: why are you so sure that the left fears Sarah Palin? Because unfavorable news about her is reported? Because she’s criticized?

cjw79 on March 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

The acting in ‘Game Change’ by Julianne Moore was atrocious. The accent is totally wrong, her mannerisms were off, she clenches her teeth during the entire movie, and the personalty of the character she’s trying to emulate isn’t that of Governor Palin. If anyone thinks the character played by Julianne Moore bares any resemblance to the governor, they have no clue who she is, and obviously haven’t spent any effort trying to learn.

The press is doing back-flips to get you to believe that HBO has credibility and that this movie is accurate. They don’t dare tell their readers and viewers anything about the source of HBO’s information. They repeat the line put out by the entertainment company that ‘Game Change’ portrays Palin in a “sympathetic” light, and that the film is “balanced” because Danny Strong lifted one line out of ‘Going Rogue.’ It’s nonsense. The media is carrying water for their fellow-travelers in the entertainment industry. They don’t care about the truth. They want people to believe that the person in that movie is the real Governor Palin. They need her to be some sort of monster, not who she really is because her success and her true character prove their entire world-view, wrong.

The worst thing about this movie is that it is fiction being sold as truth to the American public by HBO, and the MSM. It’s classic propaganda.

WAR! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reIxxGVxuwE

Green eyed Lady on March 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I think the books claims about Palin are spot on. Let’s not have our own version of “Obama worship” with Palin. She was a terribly flawed candidate.

justinok on March 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

It doesn’t seem to me you’re doing much thinking at all. Why do you believe what was in the book about Palin? Are you saying Recher and Scheunemann, who were actually there, are liars?

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith wants African-Americans to “be patient and look into the future,” setting aside any disappointment in President Obama to actively support his campaign for a second term.

“Our future’s looking bright, because I trust the man who’s leading us. And that man is Barack Obama,” Smith, 53, says in a new Obama campaign Web video to promote the group African-Americans for Obama.

“I have the president’s back, and it’s up to us as African-Americans to show that we have his back also.”

J_Crater on March 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I think the treatment of Palin by Liberals/MSM is totally appalling, but that doesn’t mean I think she should be the leader of the conservative movement or that she is above criticism.

Like a broken clock is right twice a day, I think unfortunately Palin was simply in over her head.

BradTank on March 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

You’re saying you’re broken clock , well.

Stop pulling your sh!t.

the_nile on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I have a different view. They fear her because they don’t understand what motivates her.

Paul-Cincy on March 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I think they understand her just fine. THAT’S why they fear her. The bottom line is that they know she has charisma by the bucketful and motivates conservatives. She has to be destroyed, and they still haven’t done the job.

ddrintn on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The Socialists hate Conservative women, because Conservative women went to school, went to work, had families, prospered and … and … have the gall to think for themselves … and … and … renounce everything that the Left is about. The Socialists never thought about the end-result of their feminist experiment … a clear thinking, Conservative woman.

That’s why they hate them. For the Left, Conservative women refused to take the bait, and they despise them for it.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

“you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” -Sarah Palin

Even when you get the quote right, it does not give her gravitas. Takes it away.

hanzblinx on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Green eyed Lady on March 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Thanks for posting this.

BakerAllie on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Because she’s criticized?

cjw79 on March 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

The Left goes out of its way to demonize her. That’s fear.

John the Libertarian on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Even when you get the quote right, it does not give her gravitas. Takes it away.

hanzblinx on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

How so? Alaska trades with Russia, isn’t that something?

John the Libertarian on March 12, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Breitbart Citizen Journalist Attends DC ‘Game Change’ Premiere

When I saw Danny Strong, the film’s screenwriter, sitting one row in front of me, I attempted to ask him how much of the movie was actually based on fact since there are no named sources in either the movie or book, but he pretended not to hear me and quickly looked away.

It appears that Danny, who got his start “acting” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer now fancies himself as Danny the Sarah Palin Slayer.

Dream on Danny boy.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/03/09/Danny%20Strong%20Ignore%20Game%20Change%20Reviewers%20Questions

Green eyed Lady on March 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Here’s my MAIN problem with Palin …

John McCain was a squish-middle Establishment GOP nominee who was DOOMED to go down in abject failure. He inspired NO ONE. NO ONE on the planet could look at John McCain and say … “Yeah, that man – HE INSPIRES ME!” MILLIONS of people said that about Obama – but NO ONE said that about McCain. The GOP Establishment selected this guy with the MSM – and he deserved to go down in flames – PRISON HARD.

But the GOP Establishment played us all for fools. When we said we wouldn’t get off our asses to vote for McCain – they selected someone “token” to get us up and moving for McCain. They selected Sarah Palin.

I love Sarah Palin – but she was NEVER going to be given a seat at the table of “TEAM ESTABLISHMENT GOP”. Further – even if McCain had won – she’d have been tainted irreparably with “President McCain’s” failures – and they would have been legend.

So my main problem with Palin is that she didn’t see this – but it’s hard for me to fault her that much because – I didn’t see it at the time either. After watching how the Establishment Ayatollahs played the game in 2010 and crapping on the Tea Party – they’ll never get my vote again – no matter what gimmicks they try.

They could pick and run Rush Limbaugh as the VP nominee – and I still wouldn’t vote for that fool Romney.

HondaV65 on March 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Lol wasting no time rewriting history! Probably have Oliver Stone do a big screen version also!

shov74 on March 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Is there some part of

“Well, Duh”

that we weren’t supposed to get?

ProfShadow on March 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Serious question: why are you so sure that the left fears Sarah Palin? Because unfavorable news about her is reported? Because she’s criticized?

cjw79 on March 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Because ever since she appeared in Dayton, it’s been a mission of destruction. Not just “unfavorable news” or “criticism”. They don’t really fear Romney at this point, so they pretty much leave him alone.

ddrintn on March 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM

The HBO will betray you.

John the Libertarian on March 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Touché. Nice one.

SparkPlug on March 12, 2012 at 5:21 PM

SparkPlug on March 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

spot on, basically they just plain old fear her, why would they be obsessing 3 1/2 years after she came on the scene if they didn’t?

They lie about her, make fun of her, dog pile the insults at her. They’re honing all their Alinsky tactics with her because they think they must.

And she runs circles around them. Without a teleprompter even.

DanMan on March 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Serious question: why are you so sure that the left fears Sarah Palin? Because unfavorable news about her is reported? Because she’s criticized?

cjw79 on March 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Criticized?! The are still running million dollar propaganda campaigns against her, it’s not just the left though you see all the mittbotts her on hot gas constantly attack her.

They wouldn’t do that if they didn’t fear her potential.

the_nile on March 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Serious question: why are you so sure that the left fears Sarah Palin? Because unfavorable news about her is reported? Because she’s criticized?

cjw79 on March 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

If you have to ask the question, you know nothing about Sarah Palin….

You might want to watch The Undefeated, to have some understanding who Sarah Palin is.

Clue: It will be broadcast on Reelz Channel tonight at 9pm C.

idesign on March 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Evil propaganda, more and more we seek to recreate the horrors of the past… “the ends will always justify the means,” “that could never happen here,” and “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” – three phrases that sadly are so applicable…

SilverDeth on March 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

hanzblinx on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Good grief ! Truth bug ya ??
Define gravitas, and explain how that true statement (after being asked about Russia, IIRC) takes away ‘gravitas’.

pambi on March 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Even when you get the quote right, it does not give her gravitas. Takes it away.

hanzblinx on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

It shows that she’s not the complete utter bumpkin that GOP libs like you wanted to portray. So what gives Romney foreign-policy cred? A Harvard degree? Being a missionary in France and having to deal with the legal authorities there?

ddrintn on March 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I think the books claims about Palin are spot on. Let’s not have our own version of “Obama worship” with Palin. She was a terribly flawed candidate.
justinok on March 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

This is the usual problem. SHE isn’t a flawed candidate. The characeture of her that the left created with all the smears is the flawed candidate and the wobbly legged republicans take the bait. She is a tough, straight shooting conservative. Go watch the Undefeated like I did and then tell me she is FLAWED!!

Dan Pet on March 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Serious question: why are you so sure that the left fears Sarah Palin? Because unfavorable news about her is reported? Because she’s criticized?

cjw79 on March 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Criticized? This is dehumanization, and it’s being used to justify behavior that is frightning when you put it in historical context…

SilverDeth on March 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

So what gives Romney foreign-policy cred? A Harvard degree? Being a missionary in France and having to deal with the legal authorities there?

ddrintn on March 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Obviously Willard Fillmoure Romneycare got his cred when he stomped all over the 2nd amendment rights of his citizens, and then imposed socialized health care on them like a mini-dictator. or maybe it was when he packed the courts in Mass with liberal judges.

Or maybe they just like the cut of his jib with regards to his promoting the global warming scam…

SilverDeth on March 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The characeture of her that the left created with all the smears is the flawed candidate and the wobbly legged republicans take the bait. She is a tough, straight shooting conservative. Go watch the Undefeated like I did and then tell me she is FLAWED!!

Dan Pet on March 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

If the GOP were really interested in, you know, WINNING and not just interested in keeping their places at the slop trough, they would’ve recognized instantly that Palin was and is a goldmine. Their primary instinct would’ve been to build her up, not trash and slime her off the stage.

ddrintn on March 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

“you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” -Sarah Palin

Even when you get the quote right, it does not give her gravitas. Takes it away.

hanzblinx on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

That was a very small part of her answer. The lines that I bolded were edited out by ABC.

GIBSON: Let me ask you about some specific national security situations.

PALIN: Sure.

GIBSON: Let’s start, because we are near Russia, let’s start with Russia and Georgia.

The administration has said we’ve got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

PALIN: First off, we’re going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain’s running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable and we have to keep…

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.

We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.

But NATO, I think, should include Ukraine, definitely, at this point and I think that we need to — especially with new leadership coming in on January 20, being sworn on, on either ticket, we have got to make sure that we strengthen our allies, our ties with each one of those NATO members.

We have got to make sure that that is the group that can be counted upon to defend one another in a very dangerous world today.

GIBSON: And you think it would be worth it to the United States, Georgia is worth it to the United States to go to war if Russia were to invade.

PALIN: What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries.

And we have got to be vigilant. We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.

It doesn’t have to lead to war and it doesn’t have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries.

His mission, if it is to control energy supplies, also, coming from and through Russia, that’s a dangerous position for our world to be in, if we were to allow that to happen.

Now, tell me. What was wrong with her answers and why did ABC edit them the way they did?

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

SparkPlug on March 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM
spot on, basically they just plain old fear her, why would they be obsessing 3 1/2 years after she came on the scene if they didn’t?

They lie about her, make fun of her, dog pile the insults at her. They’re honing all their Alinsky tactics with her because they think they must.

And she runs circles around them. Without a teleprompter even.

DanMan on March 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

yep! FEAR FACTOR!
(gawd-I love her!…and not, just in a carnal way!)

KOOLAID2 on March 12, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I have a different view. They fear her because they don’t understand what motivates her.

Paul-Cincy on March 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I think they understand her just fine. THAT’S why they fear her. The bottom line is that they know she has charisma by the bucketful and motivates conservatives. She has to be destroyed, and they still haven’t done the job.

ddrintn on March 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I’m not disagreeing with that. I’m saying what really gets liberals, at a gut level, is a (conservative) woman who says what she believes, without any guile or hidden agenda (unlike getting poontang on the side for JFK, LBJ, Clinton). She says politicians should have a “servant’s heart”. Go into public service for no other reason than to help the country. Liberals are beside themselves trying to understand, “but, what’s in it for her?”. This disturbs them, and fuels a lot of the hate. She doesn’t fit in their understanding, so she must be destroyed. Liberals can’t stand data that conflicts with their understanding.

Paul-Cincy on March 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

If the GOP were really interested in, you know, WINNING and not just interested in keeping their places at the slop trough, they would’ve recognized instantly that Palin was and is a goldmine. Their primary instinct would’ve been to build her up, not trash and slime her off the stage.

More and more it seems like we are dealing with different sides o the same worthless coin. I am starting to think we are being played.

Full disclosure: Long guillotines and pitch-forks?

SilverDeth on March 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Short: Empathy

SilverDeth on March 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

CNSNews.com then asked Halperin, “Which issues do you agree with Sarah Palin on, if any?”

He said, “On policy issues? I’m a reporter, so I think it’s my obligation to keep my positions private and to cover people without regard to whether I agree with them or not. So, I agree with her that America is a great country.”
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Wait a tic,according to Salon,Mark Halperin is a HACK,and on a
positive note,called President Obama a “D*ck”!!

Salon Hack List 2011
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Friday, Dec 16, 2011 1:30 PM 17:26:30 EDT
1. Mark Halperin
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What more is there to say about Mark Halperin?

He certainly hasn’t gotten any better since last year, when a panel of experts (me) named him the world’s second biggest hack. He’s still wrong about everything. He’s still shallow and predictable. He’s still both fixated solely on the horse race and also uniquely bad at analyzing the horse race.

Halperin spent 2011 gearing up for the presidential elections by parroting transparently lame spin from Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, insisting that Palin was really going to run for president and taking Trump’s farcical vanity “campaign” seriously as anything other than a time-wasting stunt.

He still takes Mark Penn seriously as a wise campaign sage and not an amoral grifter. And he got in trouble for calling President Obama a “dick” on “Morning Joe,” because the president criticized the GOP at a press conference.

(This after Halperin spends years writing columns calling him a weak-willed wimp, because he is a Democrat.) The worst thing was not that he called the president a dick, it was that the president hadn’t even been dickish.

(Well, the worst thing was the whole “Morning Joe” team giggling like stoned teenagers that Halperin said a bad word.) Halperin is so dedicated to being wrong about everything that, upon his return to the airwaves, he actually made a point of mentioning that, had he been on TV during his suspension, he would’ve been wrong about something. Plus he did a “Morning Joe” appearance from an airplane bathroom which is surely illegal.(More…..)
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http://www.salon.com/2011/12/16/1_mark_halperin/

canopfor on March 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Hate to say it but the movie was really good.

stingray9813 on March 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Hate to say it but the movie was really good.

stingray9813 on March 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Did you happen to catch The Undefeated as well?

Kataklysmic on March 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Halperin isn’t fit to carry Palin’s luggage. And for someone who is ‘a nothing’, the left is certainly obsessed with her.

GarandFan on March 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Did you happen to catch The Undefeated as well?

Kataklysmic on March 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Dont know if team romney lets their bots watch that…

the_nile on March 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Hate to say it but the movie was really good.

stingray9813 on March 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

In your opinion, what qualified it to be good?

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Hate to say it but the movie was really good.

stingray9813 on March 12, 2012 at 5:33 PM

If it’s a lie, I don’t see how it could be “good”. Maybe “good” in the freaky Oliver Stone demonization sense. I await the HBO venture in which Obama’s birth and boyhood in Kenya are portrayed, as well as his education in an Indonesian madrassah, and then his left-wing coming of age complete with sexual relationship with Frank Marshall Davis. Think that would be a good flick?

ddrintn on March 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

“Totally pleased”… that none of the dirt he wrote about the Clintons or Obama made it to the screen play.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I actually watched the movie. Well, most of it anyway. The acting, and just about everything else, was just terrible to the point that it was almost like they were intentionally trying to appear banal. I actually kind of detest Sarah Palin too and I finally had to change the channel. It was just a terrible production. Of course, it will win all kinds of slobbering accolades and most likely a few Emmy Awards too.

It’s also kind of funny that practically each and every airing of Game Change on the standard HBO channel is either preceded or followed by an episode of Bill Maher. Go figure.

SD Tom on March 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I love Mark Helprin, one of my favorite novelists. I recommend “A Soldier of the Great War,” very well worth reading.

mbs on March 12, 2012 at 5:57 PM

SD Tom on March 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM

So you detest Sarah Palin, please tell us why….

What policy issues of hers do you detest?

What in her belief of smaller government, a balanced budget, a strong military and her belief in god do you detest?

idesign on March 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Who is undefeated?

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

I actually kind of detest Sarah Palin too and I finally had to change the channel.
SD Tom on March 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM

You detest Palin, yet you call yourself a TPer. Detest seems like a pretty strong word. Have you bothered to watch The Undefeated? If not, why not? Are you afraid to learn you might be wrong? Who do you support?

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Who is undefeated?

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Do yourself a favor and get a clue. Bannon has explained numerous times that the title is not about winning political office. It’s about her refusal to sit down and shut up. It’s about the millions of people who are inspired by her. It’s about the American spirit which is at the core of Sarah Palin.

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Sarah Palin voted for Gingrich, is he a Tea Partier?

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I’ve been reading the posts.

Let me get this straight.

Romney is flawed and unqualified.

Sarah Palin is perfect and qualified.

Sounds like a plan

gerrym51 on March 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Sarah is a god, mock her at your peril.

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Sarah Palin voted for Gingrich, is he a Tea Partier?

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Were still in the primary season Sparky….

Did you expect her to vote for Romney? LOL

idesign on March 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Um, no, I expected her to vote for santorum. Ya know, the guy that actually wins states and hasn’t been married three times, Sparky.

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Sarah is a god fearing Christian woman, mock her at your peril.

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

fify

idesign on March 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Sarah Palin voted for Gingrich, is he a Tea Partier?

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

More so than Romney and Santorum. Besides, what’s that got to do with my comment?

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I think the books claims about Palin are spot on. Let’s not have our own version of “Obama worship” with Palin. She was a terribly flawed candidate.

justinok on March 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Stop the presses – an annoymous poster on a political blog has announced that Palin was a “terribly flawed candidate.” Of course said poster as far as most know has done nothing of significance in his life, probably held no elected office and has no credentials to support his determination but none the less – we in the GOP must accept that a VP candidate was not the second coming of George Washington.

It’s funny how people now act like the VP is this really immediately critical earth shaking position – anyone care to explain what Joe Biden has done during this term? Do you think they trust bumbling Joe with the football?

The country had no trouble putting a totally inexperienced Obama in the top slot so it’s hard to understand why the wailing and moaning about Palin’s qualifications for the back-up job.

katiejane on March 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Um, no, I expected her to vote for santorum. Ya know, the guy that actually wins states and hasn’t been married three times, Sparky.

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Santorum is a big government spender, and he’s way to freaky about his women issues..:)

idesign on March 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I think the books claims about Palin are spot on. Let’s not have our own version of “Obama worship” with Palin. She was a terribly flawed candidate.

justinok on March 12, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Bull!!!!!! You don’t even know who made those claims!

And that’s the problem: 95% of the negative stuff against Palin about the campaign have been through anonymous sources, while 95% of those defending Palin against such allegations have come forth publicly to say all it was a lie and they were there. It appears that the cowards are those attacking Sarah behind the liberal media skirts.

P.S. – the only evidence we have is from 2008 where it was noted that many Romney staffers who were brought into the McCain camp were the ones trashing and sabotaging Sarah Palin for Romney’s future ambitions

journeymike on March 12, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Sarah is a god, mock her at your peril.

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

There is a middle ground between calling her a God and believing that she didn’t know we fought Germany in WWII. That place is where most of us reside.

Kataklysmic on March 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

NoNails on March 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Ew. I guess I kind of touched a nerve.

Well, in a very tiny nutshell because I tend to be repelled by cult-of-personality fanatics and try to ignore them — she’s a money grubbing opportunistic divisive attention wh0re who gives the appearance of a patriot but literally has done nothing whatsoever but enrich herself and her family via gullible halfwits (television evangelist comes to mind) — and she’s been nothing but a complete distraction for the GOP in the elections ever since she threw in the towel and just quit when the heat in the kitchen got turned up a trifle.

Other than that, I’m sure she’s a fine lady — albeit, detestable.

P.S. I’m not required by any rule or law or any other mandate to worship Sarah Palin just because I am a member of the Tea Party. K? Thanks. Bye.

SD Tom on March 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Watching “Game Change” now on HBO internet. They portray Palin as being as dumb as a sack of hammers. I refuse to believe that anyone who gets as far as being a governor could so stupid.

This is a hack job of the highest order.

PS Hey Tom Hanks. “Band of Brothers” and “John Adams” are two of the few series I own and watch over and over again on DVD. I will never again own another thing you produce no matter what because now I have doubts about the truth and authenticity of the subject matter as you present it.

mechkiller_k on March 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Kataklysmic on March 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I agree. My sarcasm is directed at the extremists whether it’s Palins, Romney’s or otherwise. My opinion is that Sarah Palin is a great mom, wife, and defender of life. I have negative views towards her on other things, but it doesn’t matter.

Rusty Allen on March 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

SD Tom on March 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It’s pathetic enough that we have slime balls like Bill Maher degrade Republican women, but it is truly evil when the same type of filth comes from so called Republicans.

idesign on March 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I’ve heard the book was mostly about Hillary/Bam-Bam, so how’s the movie about Sarah?

SMACKRUNNER on March 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

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