Political Punch Podcast: Mark Halperin, Co-Author of “Game Change”

By Lindsey Ellerson

Jan 13, 2010 5:00pm

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin called the new book “Game Change”, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann “full of lies” during her first appearance as a Fox News pundit on Tuesday evening.

Editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time Magazine Mark Halperin defended the accuracy of his book to ABC News today, saying, “We’re reporters, and we’re not in the business of being in fights with public officials … Everything in the book is accurate. It’s exceedingly well and carefully sourced.”

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or by clicking HERE. The Podcast is produced by Huma Khan and Lindsey Ellerson.

“Game Change” delves into the disconnect between the public and private lives of those serving the country, providing juicy details about political figures ranging from Sarah Palin to John and Elizabeth Edwards to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. John and Cindy McCain.

“The biggest surprise was that Hillary Clinton, it turned out, was not really the establishment candidate.  The notion was that anyone taking her on for the Democratic nominations would’ve had a lot of difficulty,” said Halperin, referring to what shocked him most when putting together the book.  “As a matter of fact, many Democratic senators including Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, where what we called in the book ‘a conspiracy of whisperers’; they were determined to get someone in the race to stop Hillary Clinton from being the nominee.”

In the interview, Halperin talked about sourcing methods for the book, criticisms about it, and interesting stories he and his co-author report.

The author of Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President and the coauthor of The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008, Halperin once served as the political director for ABC News, where I worked with him.

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or by clicking HERE.

-jpt

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