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'Game Change': Sarah Palin Dismisses HBO Film As Unimportant

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 03/10/2012 4:25 pm   Updated: 03/10/2012 6:11 pm

Sarah Palin dismissed the HBO film "Game Change" -- airing publicly for the first time on Saturday night -- as unimportant.

In an email to ABC News, Palin said her "family has the right priorities and knows what really matters," according to the Chicago Tribune. As she brushed off the film, she also took a swipe at President Barack Obama for having supporters in the entertainment industry.

"For instance, our son called from Afghanistan yesterday and he sounded good and that's what matters," Palin said. "Being in the good graces of Hollywood's 'Team Obama' isn't top of my list."

Both Palin and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have said they won't watch the made-for-tv movie that takes a look inside the behind-the-scenes drama of the 2008 campaign. McCain said "it'll be a cold day in Gila Bend, Arizona" when he views the film.

"Game Change" director Jay Roach said the film humanizes the GOP duo. In a recent interview with CNN, Roach said he wished the two would watch the movie.

"I wish they'd see the film because it has a very evenhanded tone to it, in trying to get the story right and allow anybody with any prejudices against the main characters to go past the media iconography and see them as human beings," Roach said. "They are human beings who are trying to do what they think is right. They have strengths and they have weaknesses."

Below, check out how other politicians have reacted to political movies:

Sarah Palin On 'Game Change'
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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said she wouldn't watch her portrayal in "Game Change" by Julianne Moore.

"I'm not going to go see the movie, neither is the good Sen. John McCain," she told Fox News. "We've discussed this and realized that Hollywood lies are Hollywood lies. They're going to do what they can to drum up their money and their machine, and their machine happens to be a very pro-leftist, pro-Barack Obama machine there at HBO that created this movie. And those campaign staffers who essentially threw John McCain under the bus, I think that they should feel some shame, and they should feel some embarrassment, because the movie is based on a false narrative, as you can see in the trailer."

A number of her former aides, however, saw the film, and posted this response on the Sarah PAC website:
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.

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