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‘Game Change’ Review: Cliché with Compassion

“Game Change” is not a flawless docudrama. Neither is it, in the words of a conservative blogger, “a heinous piece of propaganda” for Obama.

What “Game Change” is, at its essence, is a wildly-entertaining cautionary tale about presidential politics. Moral of the story: Be careful what you wish for.

“Game Change,” which debuts on HBO Saturday, follows Sen. John McCain‘s disastrous decision to name then-unknown Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his Republican running mate in 2008. It’s based on the best seller of the same title by reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, both of whom served as consultants.

McCain and Palin, among others in their respective camps, have made so much noise about the alleged inaccuracies of “Game Change” (sight unseen) that HBO included a letter in its media kit, defending Danny Strong’s script. For HBO, that is not an everyday occurrence.

This much is beyond dispute – Julianne Moore and Ed Harris give remarkable performances as Palin and McCain.

Moore, a four-time Oscar nominee, perfectly mimics Palin’s speech in its distinctive rhythm, pitch, and scrappin’ of consonants. She doesn’t go too far, however, allowing her to avoid the level of parody by Tina Fey on “Saturday Night Live.” (In a nice touch, Moore is shown watching the “SNL” clips.)

Harris is equally impressive in his McCain incarnation. The actors’ eyes alone speak volumes, particularly in the scene where his Alpha-dog chief strategist, Steve Schmidt (played to the

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Who Else is in ‘Game Change’?

The other day we told you about some of the tvnewsers who, via clips from their networks, make cameos in the upcoming HBO docudrama “Game Change,” which is based on the best-selling book by cable news mainstays John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. In addition to Sean Hannity, Anderson Cooper, Bill O’Reilly and Wolf Blitzer, there are shots of Katie Couric and Charles Gibson (with a body double, above). Couric, with CBS at the time, and Gibson with ABC, got sitdown interviews with Sarah Palin, whose story features prominently in the film.

CNN’s Gloria Borger, Jack Cafferty, and Dana Bash make appearances. FNC’s Juan Williams also shows up in clips as does and PBS’ Gwen Ifill who moderated the VP debate in 2008.

“Game Change” premieres on HBO three weeks from tonight. Here’s the trailer.

‘Morning Joe’ Bleeps Ann Coulter For John McCain Remarks (VIDEO)

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, and it made for some memorable television. While speaking about Arizona Senator and former Presidential candidate John McCain, Coulter was bleeped out for over 10 seconds, apparently because she called him a “douche bag,” among other things.

“Ok, just blur it all out,” Joe Scarborough quipped. “Well, they got the general drift of that,” Coulter replied.

WATCH (via Politico):

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Mark Halperin Appears on MSNBC From Airplane Lavatory (VIDEO)

In the wee hours of the morning, MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin made TV news history. Appearing on “Way Too Early” with Willie Geist, Halperin Skyped into the program… from an airplane lavatory.

Yes, Halperin was aboard a red eye Delta flight during Geist’s show, and popped into the bathroom for a quick appearance. After a comprehensive Google search, TVNewser was unable to find any other cable news guests who appeared live from an airplane restroom.

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Update: an intrepid tipster notes that Geist is no stranger to conducting interviews from weird places. It isn’t quite a lavatory 30,000 feet up, but he did interview folks inside Port-a-Potties at President Obama’s inauguration:
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MSNBCers Talk Politics and Cable News at TCA, as Mark Halperin Returns

If you were watching “Morning Joe” on MSNBC this morning, you may have recognize a familiar face:

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Yes, Mark Halperin returned to the channel after an “indefinite” suspension that lasted for one month.

Halperin’s return happened to coincide with MSNBC’s panel discussion at the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills. MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Matthews appeared, along with MSNBC president Phil Griffin.

In addition to talking politics (all three hosts agreed with varying levels of certainty that President Obama would be re-elected next year) the panel also discussed MSNBC’s place in the cable news landscape.

As Time‘s James Poniewozik recalled:

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Fox News Contributors: Mark Halperin Got a Bum Rap

Did Time’s Mark Halperin receive punishment that fit the crime? In The Daily Beast, journalist Judith Miller and pollster Doug Schoen write that no, he did not. Halperin of course called President Obama a “dick” on “Morning Joe” last week.

Miller and Schoen argue that the bigger problem was the fact that The White House apparently told MSNBC that it believed Halperin’s comments were inappropriate. Of course, the pair are not exactly neutral observers, as both appear regularly on Fox News Channel.

[H]is mistake was not so egregious as to require an indefinite suspension or even suspension or punishment at all. Time magazine’s editors stood by their man, kind of, sort of. While they called their political editor’s comments on MSNBC “inappropriate and in no way reflective of Time’s views,” and said that the magazine had issued him a warning that such behavior was “unacceptable,” Halperin had “appropriately apologized on air, via Twitter and on The Page.” Enough was enough.

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How Mark Halperin was Reported on Cable News

Mark Halperin‘s calling the president “a dick” on MSNBC yesterday made news on a couple other networks.

CNN reported his utterance, apology and suspension at least six times yesterday including a piece from Jeanne Moos during “The Situation Room.” MSNBC (beyond the original story) reported it once, around 10:50am yesterday; Fox News reported the story twice yesterday and Fox Business reported it this morning on Stuart Varney‘s show.

Meanwhile, Jon Stewart‘s take had less to do with the vulgarity and more about “show regular Willie Geist‘s disapproving glare.”

Mark Halperin Suspended Indefinitely from MSNBC

Breaking: MSNBC has suspended Mark Halperin from being its senior political analyst after he called Pres. Obama “kind of a dick” on “Morning Joe” today. Statement from MSNBC:

Mark Halperin’s comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable.  We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers. We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air.  Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.

Statement from Halperin:

I completely agree with everything in MSNBC’s statement about my remark. I believe that the step they are taking in response is totally appropriate. Again, I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the President, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it.

Update: Statement from TIME Magazine:

Mark Halperin’s comments on air this morning were inappropriate and in no way reflective of TIME’s views. We have issued a warning to him that such behavior is unacceptable. Mark has appropriately apologized on air, via Twitter and on The Page.

Here’s the backstory

Here are two more YouTube clips of the lead-up of Halperin’s comment, and his apology….

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Mark Halperin calls Pres. Obama ‘Kind of a Dick’ on ‘Morning Joe’

This morning former ABC News political director, now senior political analyst and editor-at-large for TIME, Mark Halperin, called President Obama a “dick” 7 minutes into “Morning Joe.”

It wasn’t off the cuff. In fact, Halperin asked if the control room had the “7-second delay button” ready. Apparently, they didn’t because this is what went out over the air:

“I thought he was kind of a dick yesterday,” said Halperin, referring to Obama’s “posturing” during his news conference.

Joe Scarborough jumped in saying: “Delay that. Delay that. What are you doing? I can’t believe … I was joking. Don’t do that. Did we delay that? Did that work?”

“I hit it. I hope it worked,” said Alex, the producer, from the control room.

The conversation with Joe, Mika, Willie and Harold Ford Jr. continued for another 10 minutes, as the show tried to figure out if the delay, where Halperin’s use of the word would be ‘bleeped,’ had worked.

It didn’t.

17 minutes after he said it, Halperin apologized: “Joking aside, this is an absolute apology. I became part of the joke. It’s no excuse. I shouldn’t have said it. I apologize to the president and the viewers who heard me say that.”

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Willie Geist’s ‘Freak Show’ Party

TVNewser went to Willie Geist‘s party Friday night to celebrate his book, “American Freak Show.” Geist is the Co-Host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and host of “Way to Early with Willie Geist.”

Some of the notable guests were the author’s father, CBS correspondent Bill Geist, president of MSNBC, Phil Griffin, as well as MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough, and Tamron Hall, Arianna Huffington, former GE CEO Jack Welch, billionaire Mort Zuckerman, CNBC anchor Erin Burnett, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, NBC News president Steve Capus, and MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin.

Fun, casual, and family-oriented, the party mimicked the spirit of the book, which is a satirical look at American politics and pop culture. In the basement of PJ Clarke’s, Geist’s friends, family, and colleagues ate everything from mini burgers and steak to oysters and lobster rolls.

TVNewser’s video is after the jump with comments from Geist’s dad, Hall, Scarborough, the author himself, and Geist’s uncle Bert. Read more

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