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John Nolte on HBO’s Selective Sourcing

John Nolte posted this earlier today over at Big Hollywood. Once again, he does a fantastic job exposing the movie and those who made it, for what they are:

By my count, including Governor Palin, who’s gone on the record with various statements and her own fact-checked-to-death autobiography, "Going Rogue," we now have 11 people — 10 of them on the record — who were there during the campaign and who vigorously and openly dispute the malicious way in which the Governor is portrayed in HBO’s "Game Change."

The most important thing to remember, is that a few of these individuals did speak to the "Game Change" authors and screenwriter, but rather than take the word of those willing to speak out in the open, those writers CHOSE instead to take the word of those who refused to go on the record.

If you have nearly a dozen people, either telling you or willing to tell you the same story openly, why then would you choose to go with bomb-throwers living in the shadows.

That’s a rhetorical question.

Well, now we know who one of those bomb-throwing cowards is, Steve Schmidt, who HBO portrays as the calm, cool, reasonable hero of the film. In real life, however, it’s no secret that he was the "super-genius" behind ("Schmidt pushed for going all in") the moment polls prove really lost the 2008 election; when Senator McCain foolishly decided to suspend his campaign and run back to DC to save the economy. Yes, it was Steve Schmidt who "pushed" to have McCain charge off on a white horse without having any idea as to where he was charging off to. McCain went to DC without a plan, looked feckless and reckless, and never recovered. "Game Change" blames the campaign’s loss on Palin, but that’s a total and complete fabrication.

So you’re Steve Schmidt and  you’ve lost a campaign through the stupidest move imaginable — what now? Furthermore, among many, you have an awful reputation as everything Woody Harrelson’s depiction of you covered up — as a bully, a screamer, a foul-mouthed stretcher of the truth who isn’t very competent. Suddenly it’s hard to find a high-profile job on a campaign — so what do you do?

Well, the only thing you can do; you offer up Sarah Palin as a sacrifice to the leftist wolves who hate her so much. You offer Hollywood and the corrupt media her head in exchange for a moment in the Tinseltown/MSNBC spotlight. Schmidt knows a rabid market when he sees one, so there was really no way his plan could fail. And at the end of the day, in a big, splashy HBO movie, no less than Woody Harrelson rewrote all of Schmidt’s personal history and portrayed him as the calm, moral, competent center of the storm.

It must’ve been especially gratifying for Schmidt to witness HBO portray his historic political bungle — the suspending of a campaign with no exit strategy — downplayed as nothing more than footnote.

In the New York Post today, this is probably what a $50,000 a month advisor to the McCain/Palin campaign meant when he or she strongly disputed HBO’s portrayal of  Palin, and said when asked how such "folderol gets out:"

"Whether there’s something to say or not, staffers talk just to save their asses."

"Game Change" portrays Palin as control-freak completely full of her own power and who breaks a promise about sharing the stage with anyone pro-choice. Well, we’ve already proven that a lie, and this advisor backs us up:

“There are inaccuracies. Julianne Moore as Sarah saying she won’t stand on the stage with anyone who was pro-choice? Please. I was on Sarah’s plane. Small plane. No first-class section or anything. I’d written the women’s rights speech the night before but couldn’t be with her or give it directly to her because, although she was in the next hotel room in Reno, it had first to be faxed to McCain’s people in DC before she even saw it.

“I was paid $50,000 a month to teach her women’s rights and craft the speech. She has a photographic memory. …

“This 30-minute Henderson, Nev., talk she scanned. It was on YouTube. And that stage held pro-choice women. Sarah carried the whole operation. No venue could hold the crowds — 10,000 trying to get into a stadium for 3,000 people."

This same advisor also gives us an insight into who we can assume is Steve Schmidt:

“McCain’s keepers, bald, smoking, hating her, couldn’t deal with a woman candidate. A Christian who needs to pray had no one to pray with. Separated from family, she was kept in her room. A runner who does five miles a day locked in a room!”

All of this fits the conference call a half-dozen current and former Palin aides held (on the record) with the media on February 22. Unlike Schmidt, who was hardly ever with Governor Palin during the campaign, many of these aides were either with the Governor almost constantly or in daily contact with her.

HBO and their media allies pushed back against this conference due to the fact that no one on the call had seen the film. What most everyone failed to mention, though, was that HBO refused to show them the film, despite repeated requests Purposely kept in the dark, these advisors could only comment on the book, the trailer, and what those in the media who had seen the film were telling them. It’s also worth mentioning that after seeing the film, these same advisors released a statement reaffirming every word of the February 22 conference call.


After seeing the film, Jason Recher told me this:

"After watching HBO’s "Game Change" I’m convinced that HBO stands for Helping Barack Obama. This fictional film is anti-fact and anti-history. Three of the 25 sources quoted by writer Danny Strong as "involved" with the 2008 campaign, are now on record now rejecting the film after seeing it."

"A fourth "source" has privately apologized for their involvement. The others remain anonymous in role and name. HBO has not provided one fact or tangible piece of evidence that any of the slanderous charges they make in their propaganda piece are true. Not one. HBO profits from America’s freedom of speech, but seems to reject another of her tenants – innocent until proven guilty. They fight fact with fiction, and should label this movie as such."

Those behind HBO’s "Game Change" CHOSE to use the sources they did and CHOSE to ignore the sources listed above who are unafraid to tell their stories under a microscope.

You can read the entire article here, and be sure to check out "‘Game Change’ Ratings Bust: Less than Half of ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Debut" while you’re over there.

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  • palin45potus

    Thanks again Stacy for your ceaseless efforts to get the truth out through a barrage of lies from both wings of the establishment, who clearly recognize that in Sarah Palin, they are confronted by a force they’ve never had to deal with before.

    Thanks as well to the Breitbart team, who are carrying on in a style that must make him smile.

    • StacyDrake

      Somebody’s gotta do it :)

      Thanks for reading.


    Someone should sit McCain’s butt in a chair and make him watch this piece of garbage. Maybe then he’ll call out those two out BY NAME.
    McCain being the wishy-washy guy he is, probably doesn’t even realize how insulting this movie is and how back stabbing those two were.

  • HuntingMoose

    well, isn’t this a dream come true for a lawyer that wants to sue a big corporation for character misrepresentation and slander?

    Because clearly, let’s play the leftist nonsensical lie that Sarah is doing all this for just only money, then in that case, this movie would cause her material harm based on slander and unproven facts.

    Let’s see how HBO, the HelpBarackObama network will be able to defend itself and let’s ask them for the sources and question the sources with cross checking of other people’s recollection of what happened.

    And by the way, if the left would now say she is not doing it for the money, then that is another QED, demonstration of the lie, the pretzel they live in.

  • Jean_A

    So what the corrupt MSM won’t put these people on TV?

  • corky2143

    Mark Levin offered to give Obama’s super pac $50,000.00 if he will debate Sarah for one hour…..boy would I love to see that

    • Budvarakbar

       Not quite accurate — the offer was for Obie to debate Mark — and suggested they needed a neutral place — like maybe a McDonalds

  • navak

    The truth will come out and Wallace and Schmidt will be seen for what they are.

    • Budvarakbar

       their handlers will keep them set for life

      • MaMcGriz

        Not if we succeed in putting their handlers in handcuffs.

  • BenOakland

    Thanks Stacy….The hits just keep coming…Oh, that’s right, it’s because she is SO irrelevant.  Push back IS important and you’ve done a good job of that.   Thanks-again.

  • ReaganPalin

    Go Rick! Does anybody know why Sarah would’nt back Santorum? I think he’s more ethical than Gingrich no? Oh wait, Is Sarah playing cool here with us? The longer the primaries go the more chance Sarah will get in? I can’t wait for you Sarah!!!

  • Juliann F. Cornwall

    Great article thanks for the tool to teach. Sarah’s FB page was busy with Obama fans wanting to do something about it. On poor sick kid was talking about killing her I just could let it go by and told her to get some help she didn’t have to kill others because they don’t think like you. What are the doing to these kids. We shut a few down with the truth and I even messaged one to make sure she didn’t delete. All in all a good day. I will Stand with Sarah.

    • MaMcGriz

      Anything like that should be considered a death threat and should be immediately reported to the FBI and your county sheriff. If enough Americans did this it would have an effect.

  • Dagobomb

    These producers, writers and actors that continuously insist this was all well sourced should be called on that. Insist they name those sources. There’s no magical protection they have to hold back that information. Name them so others may ask them for details to prove it. What day did this happen, where, what time, who else was there to verify that? Call them out and state that the reason those sources remain unnamed is because your tale is a lie. You think you can claim unnamed source, as evidence as if those were magic words like bibbity bobbity boo. People have gone on the record who were there, calling this crap. If cannot do likewise, like your demi-god, YOU LIE!

  • alien4palin

    Thank you, Stacy for consistently doing a wonderful job covering Sarah’s back and for America. 

  • Guest

    Sarah Palin is not on the ballot, YET !!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Right On Rush…..

    Palin/West 2012…….

  • royroyo

    They Will always tell Us Who They Fear The Most

  • ramorywebb

    HURT: " Game Change celebrates Washington Narcissism "

    In a Washington Examiner piece Hurt goes after the GOP Club of " liars, looters and turncoats " and specifically Steve Schmidt. 

    Go here:

  • John_Frank

    Excellent article by Mr. Nolte. Stacy, thank you for bringing this article to our attention.

    People, we need to ensure that this article receives widespread dissemination.

    Also, even though the initial hype over the movie has ended, we must not stop with the push back.

  • parigger

    Great article Stacy . This is off topic but , I heard this on Hannity’s Radio show today . Sean said he knows as a fact that there is a push for a third party going on right now and that they are trying to get their candidate on the ballot in all fifty states . (not 57) Has anybody ellse heard of this and is it our Sarah . He was concerned and disagreed with it because it was conservative and he thought it would split the vote and give Obummer a victory . I was optimistic thinking of the Mama Grizzly. Let me know what you all heard . Thanks in advance and for all you do .     Palin 2012

    • Guest

      Probably the American’s Elect group- Dem/moderate , they would not pick Palin unless they it was to help split the vote. She wouldn’t go with them anyway.

  • ccrwm

    I need absolutely no more convincing that we are in a vicious fight between good and evil. The Left is evil.

  • dmac8889

    Stacy, good article, but John Notle missed the REAL reason Sarah Palin became the Target.  You must look all the way back to when Sarah Palin took down Randy Ruedrich, the Republican Chairman in Alaska.  Ruedrich not only ran Murkowski’s Campaign, he also was an important National Party guy for the BUSH Campaigns.  Murkowski and Ruedrich was not the only friends of the Bush Family that Sarah left in her dust.  Tony Knowles, the two-time Democrat Governor, who was going to use his third Governor victory as a platform to run for POTUS against Hillary Clinton for his Party nomination, happened to be GW Bush’s Fraternity Roommate at Yale.   He never got to run against Hillary.

    Over the last four years almost every Bush Family member has chimed in on their dislike for Sarah Palin, including Barbara who told Sarah to "Stay in Alaska."  With that in mind, throughout the entire summer of 2008 McCain was trying to sell Lieberman as his VP pick to the White House.  GW threatened to have his GOP Infrastructure walk out of the Convention.  So maybe McCain chose Palin to spite Bush.  Or maybe he didn’t do it out of resentment, but Bush took it that way.

    Both Wallace’s and Schmidt worked for GW.  Wallace’s also admired Hillary Clinton.  When they witnessed these crowds they have never seen before (even for Hillary) coming out for Sarah Palin, they panicked.  These were not the Blue Bloods that made up the Republican Party faithful.  These were TEA Party hobbits from the Heartland.  Sarah was a serious threat to the future of the Republican Party that the Bush Family had controlled for decades.  They saw Jeb Bush as the next successor, but here was Palin pulling in 70% approval ratings from Exit Polling.  The same Phenomenal numbers she was getting up in Alaska.  Wallaces’ and Schmidt were not impressed, they were frightened.  The HBO Movie even brings this out.

    Wallaces’ were also Hillary admirers, and they came to the conclusion that Sarah Palin could erase her Legacy overnight.   Sarah took McCain from eight points down in the polls to over three points up in the polls.  That week Bush’s Treasury Secretary Paulson took down Lehman Brothers.  Paulson and Obama had a close relationship.  Read page 378 in ‘Game Change’ for details.  There is no doubt Bush handed the last three months of his Presidency to Paulson.  There is more, but others must read.

    Schmidt has stated what he has thought of the Conservative Movement, TEA Party, and the Religious Right.  He hates them.  He refers to himself as a "Raging Moderate".   He knows the powers to be HATE Palin and feels free to use the lEFT Media to attack her.  He doesn’t care about lying, but truth is he probably believes that she is a real danger.  To Nicole Wallace who came from a very wealthy Family, a graduate of Berkeley, and has lived in Manhattan and working for the Liberal Networks her entire adult life.  Sarah Palin would seem quite foreign to her.

    Sarah Palin has two national Political Party Machines and the entire LEFT/MSM that HATE her.  She is Leonardo DiCaprio of the Titanic coming up to the Main Deck from the steerage.  She will never be accepted by these arrogant Ruling Class types.

  • BrianusBerkleianus


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