Monday, March 05, 2012

HBO and Multi-Millionaire Tom Hanks Help Romney

Multi-millionaire Tom Hanks at Obama Inauguration
HBO's Game Change is changing the game. Multi-millionaire producer Tom Hanks' film is so full of lies and bias that it makes even Mitt Romney's down and dirty superPAC ads look reasonable. Three recent articles show how biased and slimy Game Change is.

First, John Nolte:
"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."
Besides the fact that people actually with Palin on the campaign trail have stated that Game Change is full of lies, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro points out that Gallup polling disproves the HBO/Hanks' contention that Palin cost McCain the election.
"In the two weeks before Palin joined the McCain ticket, the Arizona senator drifted in the low 40 percentile range, mostly around 41, 42 and 43 percent, while Obama held as much as an 8 point lead at about 49 and 50 percent. Four days after Palin joined the ticket, however, McCain’s numbers climbed to 45 percent and Obama’s sank to 47 percent, narrowing the gap significantly from eight points to two.

"Between Sept. 4-6, McCain and Palin actually overshot the Obama ticket by 3 percent with the Republicans in the lead at 48 percent and the Democrats at only 45. McCain consistently held that lead until Sept. 15, and then the candidates balanced out with Obama enjoying a mere three-point lead, and no lead at all from Sept. 22-24, when the numbers were tied at 46 percent."
Larry O'Connor underlines the fact that the Secret Service investigated and found that someone from the crowd listening to a Palin speech did not shout, "Kill Obama" as is portrayed in the HBO movie.
"Despite the premise of 'Game Change' - that Sarah Palin cost John McCain the 2008 presidential election - Gallup polls prove HBO's assertion categorically false. Palin wasn’t the reason the Republicans lost the election. She’s the only reason they had a fighting chance up until the time McCain suspended his presidential campaign in late September."
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"At the time of the allegation, Obama had a Secret Service detail assigned to him and these folks don’t take a death threat reported in the New York Times lightly. They investigated it and found: 'The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled 'kill him' when presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during Tuesday’s Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.'"
Tom Hanks' and HBO's lies are much more egregious than anything the Romney superPAC has done aiming at real, current presidential opponents. Hanks and HBO direct their smears and lies at a woman who isn't in office or running for office. It's hard to get much lower than that. (Well, maybe the media attacks against Joe the Plumber.)

H/T Stacy Drake


EBL said...

This upcoming movie may be more fact based than some of the allegations in Game Changer.

T. D. said...

EBL, I think it unlikely.

The complete lack of any HBO primary source names pretty much says it all. HBO Game Change cites no sources from people actually on the campaign trail with Sarah Palin.

To the contrary, people who were actually on the campaign trail with Palin (Jason Recher, Meg Stapleton, Randy Scheunemann) say that HBO/Hanks would not listen to them.

John McCain says it's not true. Even Meghan McCain who doesn't like Palin says it's not true.

Who you gonna believe HBO and Hanks or people actually at the center of the campaign and actually with Palin 7 days a week?

Shoot, even the supposed sources, Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt, are on record as saying how great Palin was. Not to mention Peggy Noonan, no Palin fan, saying Palin absolutely dominated in the VP debate against seasoned political veteran Joe Biden.

It's strange to me that Hanks and HBO think Palin's story is much more fascinating than Barack Obama's story, the first black president, or Hillary Clinton's story, the first major party woman presidential candidate. Says a lot about HBO and Hank's personal and professional balance.

T. D. said...

Posted on March 07, 2012

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.

Tim Crawford
Jason Recher
Randy Scheunemann
Meg Stapleton
Tom Van Flein
Doug McMarlin
Andy Davis