In 2003, Charles Krauthammer coined the term, Bush Derangement Syndrome, defined as ‚Äúthe acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency ‚ÄĒ nay ‚ÄĒ the very existence of George W. Bush.‚ÄĚ By 2008, the syndrome progressed into Palin Derangement Syndrome. And in 2011, HBO caught the bug.
On March 9th 2011, HBO announced former Boogie Nights star Julianne Moore, 50, will play a 43 year old Sarah Palin during the 2008 Presidential election based on the 2010 book, Game Change, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. They actually optioned the rights to the book long before it was published. Adapting the book to screenplay will be actor/writer Danny Strong and it will be directed by Jay Roach.
I‚Äôm not sure it is relevant, but I thought it important for everyone to know who these folks are making this pay television movie.
Eric Kessler, Co-President of HBO ‚Äď Gave $2,300 to Obama for America
Richard Plepler, Co-President of HBO ‚Äď Contributed over $15,000 to Democrats in 2008, including $2,300 to Obama for America and another $500 to Obama for America, on 7/31/08 (isn‚Äôt that more than the allowable campaign contribution?)
Sue Naegle, President of HBO Entertainment ‚Äď Gave $2,500 to Al Franken for Senate and $1,150 to Friends of Rahm Emanuel, who would later be Obama Chief of Staff
Len Amato, President of HBO Films ‚Äď Gave $500 to Obama for America on 1/27/08
John Heilemann, Co-writer of¬†Game Change ‚Äď No found donations; however, on an April 18, 2010 airing of ‚ÄúThe Chris Matthews Show,‚ÄĚ Time columnist Joe Klein stated that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, ‚Äúrub right up close to being seditious.‚ÄĚ To that, Heilemann added, ‚Äú”And Joe’s right and I’ll name another person, I’ll name Rush Limbaugh‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ
Mark Halperin, Co-writer of Game Change ‚Äď No found donations; however, in October 2004 Halperin sent to ABC News staff a memo about coverage of the U.S. presidential election directing them not to ‚Äúreflexively and artificially hold both sides ‚Äėequally‚Äô accountable‚ÄĚ and that both John Kerry and George W. Bush used ‚Äúdistortion‚ÄĚ in their campaign, but that Kerry’s distortions were not ‚Äúcentral to his efforts to win.‚ÄĚ
Danny Strong, Adapting Game Change for the television ‚Äď Gave $2,500 to the Obama Victory Fund on 9/30/08. In addition, he wrote Recount, a 2008 fictionalization inspired by the true events regarding the 2000 Presidential. It starred Democrat Kevin Spacey and was also produced by HBO. ABC newscaster and consultant on the film, Jake Tapper, stated the film is ‚Äúa fictional version of what happened‚ÄĚ and ‚Äútilts to the left.‚ÄĚ
Jay Roach, Director ‚Äď Gave $2,300 to Obama For America on 1/31/08. In addition, he directed the left-leaning HBO film ‚ÄúRecount.‚ÄĚ
Julianne Moore, Actress ‚Äď Gave $5,000 to the Democratic White House Victory Fund and 6/30/08 and another $250 to the Obama Victory Fund on 9/06/08 for good measure
Not that I am worried that there will be a left wing biased at all, well, actually I am. First, we know that the authors of the book, Game Change, bring with them a left wing perspective. Second, most of the sources in the book are ‚Äúanonymous.‚ÄĚ Third, the authors didn‚Äôt verify the accounts in the book (which they were even criticized by Joe Biden‚Äôs communication director). And third, just look at everyone involved in producing this film‚Ä¶ they are, by and large, Obama supporters, Palin‚Äôs main political opponent during the 2008 election.
When are the left in Hollywood going to stop producing films about right wing icons and set their targets on those on the left? There is plenty juicy filmmaking to be done within the Democrat Party. Here, I will help them with a short list of possible titles:
Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky: A Love Story
Al Gore and Laurie David: A Love Story
John Edwards and Rielle Hunter: A Love Story
Elliot Spitzer and Ashley Alexandra Dupr√©: A Love Story
Bill Clinton and the Aspirin Factory
John Kerry and Swift Boat PCF-44
Barack Obama: Community Organizer
Barack Obama: In Contempt of Court
Al Franken: Stolen Election
The 110th United States Congress Flew Over the Cuckoo‚Äôs Nest
Rahm Emanuel‚Äôs Good Fellas
There are just so many excellent stories out there just waiting to be optioned before they ever get published. But so long as the power and the derangement syndrome exist with the left in Hollywood, they will never get told.
In the meantime, I suggest you cancel your subscription to HBO.