How did Schwarzenegger keep his secrets from the media?

posted at 3:42 pm on May 25, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

First, let’s acknowledge that California’s former governor and Hollywood’s once and future Terminator didn’t actually succeed in keeping his dirty laundry out of the media, at least not a significant amount of it. As this segment from NBC’s Today Show reports, there were plenty of media reports about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bad behavior prior to the election, most of which came from traditional media like the Los Angeles Times. Schwarzenegger acknowledged it before the election, apologizing for “behaving badly” in the past, an approach that allowed him to carry the special recall election in a crowded field in 2003, thanks to a boost from his wife.

But NBC also notes that the tabloids suddenly took it easy on Arnold in the weeks leading up to the election. Did Arnold “muscle” them into submission? Not exactly:

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It’s an interesting report, not for what it says about Schwarzenegger, but what it says about AMI.  The tabloid titan had a significant investment in their partnership with Schwarzenegger, and before his foray into politics, even the bad-boy publicity helped boost his standing.  When he decided to run for political office, AMI appears to have changed its editorial policy in covering Arnold’s peccadilloes — although it’s worth noting that the threshold for publication of wild rumors ended up being set for Arnold where it belongs for everybody.

The best way to co-opt the press is to make them your partners.  That’s not exactly a new lesson, but it is a novelty for a Republican politician.


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HOW?

Because his last name wasn’t “Palin”?

tree hugging sister on May 25, 2011 at 3:43 PM

He kiss the ring of Gaia…

Oil Can on May 25, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Arnie probably played his Kennedy card too.

Bishop on May 25, 2011 at 3:46 PM

I am sure in 2003 – a disgraced former Pres. rapist in the WH who was the media darling – and continues to.. had something to do with their “vetting”

See John Edwards and The Enquirer

Odie1941 on May 25, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Arnie probably played his Kennedy card too.

Bishop on May 25, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Yip! This wasn’t done for Arnold, it was done for Maria.

capejasmine on May 25, 2011 at 3:52 PM

The best way to co-opt the press is to make them your partners.

or your b!tches. hey, it works for the dnc.

ted c on May 25, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Because he’s a damn RINO, that’s how! Duh.

search4truth on May 25, 2011 at 3:54 PM

The sooner the media and the general public at large gives Schwarzenegger the universal cold shoulder, the better!

Assclowns like this deserve nothing less than to be driven into obscurity, where their overblown egos can’t be fed on a daily basis!

pilamaye on May 25, 2011 at 3:55 PM

He’s a Kennedy by proxy. The media doesn’t report on their infidelities. Or their murders. Or their rapes. Or their drug addiction. Or their alcoholism. Or their corruption. Or…

Rational Thought on May 25, 2011 at 3:55 PM

That’s not exactly a new lesson, but it is a novelty for a Republican politician.

Arnold used to be Nixon-like, then Maria-like…who knows, or cares, what his politics are any more…

Schadenfreude on May 25, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Because they figured it was a nice thing to have over his head in case he strayed too far from what they wanted.

Witness the major left turn by Ah’nold once those initiatives to limit the power of state employees and their unions failed.

teke184 on May 25, 2011 at 3:57 PM

No, his “pseudo-conservative” liberalist politics of lying about what he wants while doing what he likes no matter who he hurts, like every other D@#^ F’ing DemocRAT is what won him his day. Fortunately the day doesn’t last, and the truth does always come out and proves to be the undoing of people like him. Even the ones that don’t care how they appear to the public!

Vntnrse on May 25, 2011 at 3:58 PM

He promised to give California to the illegals and unions?

darwin on May 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM

He met with the Suits from AMI and succinctly addressed all their concerns thus:

(CONTENT WARNING)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyPJBJCU28I&NR=1

The discussion was terminated.

Bruno Strozek on May 25, 2011 at 4:11 PM

apparently Schwarzenegger did NOT, the LSM assisted another Progressive Liberal Socialist RINO, maybe Schwarzenegger was blackmailed to put out some Palin bashing, Conservative bashing or be exposed?? that’s exactly what the Journolisters would do

mathewsjw on May 25, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Did you see the DOJ threatened to close down flights to Texas if the TSA is not allowed to continue fondling? This is beyond out of control.

John the Libertarian on May 25, 2011 at 4:14 PM

I read something yesterday that said Maria was the source of the leak to the media.

Shiny_Tiara on May 25, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Watch the clip. This had more to do with business than politics. And how many of you were outraged when the LA Times printed some groping allegations before the recall election? Conservative talkers and bloggers had a fit.

You can’t have it both ways. It can’t have been the same bias that lead them to report on his womanizing AND ignore it.

YYZ on May 25, 2011 at 4:16 PM

It’s not a Rumor !
/Swartzenegger

William Amos on May 25, 2011 at 4:44 PM

but it is a novelty for a Republican politician.

It’s not a novel idea for Republicans. It’s novel for it to happen.

Look at McCain. He thought they were his partner but they were simply using him to hurt his party. Then, when he threatened their real partner, they set out to destroy him.

TheBigOldDog on May 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM

TMZ reported yesterday that Maria Shriver’s people leaked the information about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “love child.”

http://www.tmz.com/2011/05/24/maria-shriver-arnold-schwarzenegger-leaked-baby-story-to-media-looking-for-another-place-to-live-condo-separated-split-moved-out-of-wedlock-illegitimate-child-love-ex-governor-office-lovechild-mother-mildred-patty-baena/

If this is true, it is an extreme example of how adult selfishness hurts children.

Maria Shriver is justified in being angry at Arnold. But Maria Shriver’s willingness to air this information in the international media is despicable because the people who are hurt most by it are Maria’s own 4 children and the 13 year old boy who didn’t know Arnold was his father.

If the TMZ report is true, Maria Shriver should be ashamed of herself.

wren on May 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM

The sooner the media and the general public at large gives Schwarzenegger the universal cold shoulder, the better!

Assclowns like this deserve nothing less than to be driven into obscurity, where their overblown egos can’t be fed on a daily basis!

pilamaye on May 25, 2011 at 3:55 PM

He’s a Kennedy by proxy. The media doesn’t report on their infidelities. Or their murders. Or their rapes. Or their drug addiction. Or their alcoholism. Or their corruption. Or…

Rational Thought on May 25, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Both of those, but…

It was a win for the Democrats. They ran two Democrats (Bustamante, Communist vs. Schwarzenegger, Liberal married to Kennedy Klan) to unseat Democrat Socialist Grey Davis. Whoever ‘won’ meant the Democrats held the state.

That’s what happened. Schwarzenegger made one rather Moderate move afterward and that was he refused drivers licenses to illegal aliens in the state of CA but it made little difference what with all the rest of the gratuities massaged into illegals in and by the state.

Finding out that Schwarzenegger considers the Leftwing Fabian Nunez his friend (and granted his son, convicted of cold blooded murder, a pardon on Schwarzenegger’s last day in office, “because he’s a friend”) was the final proof.

I wrote many times, or tried to, on the internet on Conservative sites who promoted Schwarzenegger, PRIOR TO Schwarzenegger being elected, that he wasn’t a Conservative, and received abundant and I do mean abundant denigration and condemnation for expressing that (correct) opinion.

The issue really was Democrat/Liberal money in the state. Schwarzenegger was funded by such and just because it took the label at that time as the CA GOP, does not mean it wasn’t leftwing. There’s no moderation in CA politics nor in those who fund it, it’s all Leftwing. The question really is, what ‘range’ of Leftwing. Much of the CA state legislature, which included Nunez’s monstrous record, is Communist.

Lourdes on May 25, 2011 at 5:40 PM

And I think Schwarzenegger’s pardon of Fabian Nunez’s son — who is convicted of cold blooded murder and was serving a sentence for such, until pardoned by Schwarzenegger on his last day in Office — I think the pardon was Schwarzenegger’s returning the deal to Nunez for Nunez keeping the lid on the lifestyle Schwarzenegger was living all those years.

By the way, he was living that same lifestyle before he was elected, he’ll continue to. At one time in my life, every female friend I knew was sleeping with him. Not me, being as how I was in a happy relationship, thank Heavens.

Lourdes on May 25, 2011 at 5:43 PM

If the TMZ report is true, Maria Shriver should be ashamed of herself.

wren on May 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM

What Arnold did was slimy and cruel to his family. BUT to his ‘credit’ somewhat, he did support the illegitimate son and very well, consistently. It seems he has a conscience in that regard.

Maria Shriver KNEW who Arnold was before she married him. It isn’t as if Schwarzenegger suddenly changed after marriage and started fooling around. His behavior and who he is was well known, well known, before they married. She seems an equally unstable person, in my view, as she claims Arnold is.

Lourdes on May 25, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Almost choked on my haggis the other night when I actually agreed with what the insufferable Alan Colmes had to say about this story-he wasn’t wondering how it was kept a “secret” from the media, but rather was wondering why none of Ahnuld’s Democrat enemies sniffed the story out?

Good question.

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2011 at 5:48 PM

TMZ reported yesterday that Maria Shriver’s people leaked the information about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “love child.”

http://www.tmz.com/2011/05/24/maria-shriver-arnold-schwarzenegger-leaked-baby-story-to-media-looking-for-another-place-to-live-condo-separated-split-moved-out-of-wedlock-illegitimate-child-love-ex-governor-office-lovechild-mother-mildred-patty-baena/

If this is true, it is an extreme example of how adult selfishness hurts children.

Maria Shriver is justified in being angry at Arnold. But Maria Shriver’s willingness to air this information in the international media is despicable because the people who are hurt most by it are Maria’s own 4 children and the 13 year old boy who didn’t know Arnold was his father.

If the TMZ report is true, Maria Shriver should be ashamed of herself.

wren on May 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I agree with you there.

Lourdes on May 25, 2011 at 5:49 PM

wondering why none of Ahnuld’s Democrat enemies sniffed the story out?

Good question.

Del Dolemonte on May 25, 2011 at 5:48 PM

For Heaven’s sake, what does that tell you? Colmes is clueless but quite obviously, Democrats had more to lose than others should the information become public before he left office. Don’t underestimate the corruption of Fabian Nunez and the Communist CA State Democrat legislature. It’s sickening how rotten they are. That Schwarz. considers Nunez his friend is horrifying but obviously, that’s the plug that kept Schwar. afloat so long in this game he was running.

Lourdes on May 25, 2011 at 5:51 PM

How did Schwarzenegger keep his secrets from the media?

Easy, They knew about it, but Arnold turned into a raving liberal, so they left him alone.

RJL on May 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM

boy, if Hotair ever needed a WGAS room…….

This is it.

RealMc on May 25, 2011 at 6:08 PM

How did Schwarzenegger keep his secrets from the media?

The media is a lapdog…NOT a watchdog.

landlines on May 25, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Forget the media. How did he keep this secret from Maria??

J.E. Dyer on May 25, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Forget the media. How did he keep this secret from Maria??

J.E. Dyer on May 25, 2011 at 6:48 PM

He didn’t. No one could be that stupid, even a Kennedy. She knew and she just shut up and took it.

slickwillie2001 on May 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM

I have a theory this was the leverage that Nunez used to twist Arnold into backing the Global Warming (Final) Solutions Act of 2006.

The Schwartz only has one political move left in him.
He can crush AB 32 from the sidelines now…

… then sit back and “… enjoy the wails and lamentations of his enemies women.”

papertiger on May 25, 2011 at 7:42 PM

“Republican politician”? Shwartz? Are you kidding?

watson007 on May 25, 2011 at 9:19 PM

The husband of the woman stated he thought it was his child until this announcement, so how can anyone expect the media to have discovered this?

JeffinSac on May 25, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Come on. Without Maria’s willing participation, he couldn’t have kept the rumors at bay. Finding out about the child pushed her beyond the bounds of wifely discretion.

flataffect on May 26, 2011 at 1:37 AM

Arnold – was always a RINO and a kennedy – never a conservative, evah. Never should’ve left hollywood. Does anyone really know a politically active couple who are of mixed political parties? Just wondering.

uber-con on May 26, 2011 at 7:18 AM

When a Republican is ruining his party by doing what a Donk would do anyway, stay out of his way.

hawkdriver on May 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Maybe because he lives with an Investigative Reporter who knows the ropes….?

johnnyU on May 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM