of the Progressive Review
ARNOLD DOESN'T LIKE
GAYS AS MUCH AS HE USED TO
RADAR - Veteran Arnold
watchers say the California governor's announced veto of his
state's historic same-sex marriage bill is an affront to the
memory of his most enthusiastic early supporters: the gay sugar
daddies of the international bodybuilding circuit.
"Arnold has had a
long association with rich gay men," according to Wendy
Leigh, author of Schwarzenegger: An Unauthorized Biography. "When
he moved to England [around the time of his first Mr. Universe
title in 1967], John Dixey, a British businessman and well-known
aficionado of muscle boys, was very, very kind to Arnold. You
have to understand, before Arnold came on the scene, it was common
currency that bodybuilders were less than macho - it was absolutely
given and accepted that they supported themselves by catering
to the tastes of wealthy gay men."
Another of Schwarzenegger's
early benefactors, Leigh says, was Paco Arce Gomez, a Spanish
millionaire and renowned gay playboy. In a 1992 Spy magazine
profile of the Conan the Barbarian star, Arce was credited as
the lens man behind a series of photos from the Austrian's early
days, showing him "eating breakfast off of very fancy china
wearing a tank top and tight underwear." (Schwarzenegger
also posed nude for homoerotic photog Robert Mapplethorpe at
least three times in the seventies and famously appeared naked
in a 22-photo spread in now-defunct gay rag After Dark.)
Paul Barresi, an L.A.-based
private investigator who claims P.I. Anthony Pellicano hired
him before the 2002 election to "look into" any compromising
relationships the then-prospective candidate still had in the
demimonde, said he was "shocked that Arnold would turn his
back on the very people who were obviously so helpful to him.
In fact, Arnold even met his wife, Maria [Shriver], though his
friendship with a gay member of Maria's family."
The governator has been
careful to frame his veto as promoting the will of the people
as evidenced by an outdated 2000 vote against same-sex nuptials
(today public opinion is split down the middle), and has been
mostly mum about his personal feelings on the issue. At least
since his notorious 1977 interview with Oui magazine, in which
he claimed to "have absolutely no hang-ups about the fag
business." Apparently, it doesn't pay like it used to.
EARLIER STORIES. . .
NURSES KICK ARNOLD'S
HARRY KELBER, LABOR EDUCATOR
- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may have made a major political
blunder when he called the California Nurses Association a "special
interest" and sought to block the independent union's successful
sponsorship of legislation to reduce the RN-patient ratio in
the state's hospitals.
CNA members when he pointed at a group of protesting nurses in
the audience at one of his fund-raisers and told the crowd they
were "special interests" and he was always "kicking
their butts." His remarks were also meant for the state's
teachers, police and firefighters who have good reasons to oppose
him. . .
CNA has led the fight
against the "Great Arnold" by using guerrilla tactics
that caused his public approval rating to plummet from 65% to
43% - and it's still dropping. RNs have dogged each of some forty
of the governor's fund raising and media events, evoking his
anger and frustration.
For example, at the Ritz-Carlton
in San Francisco on April 5, some 5,000 RNs, teachers, firefighters
and police circled the hotel and made it a media circus that
dominated the news for three days and left 500 to 600 seats at
the fund-raiser empty, while creating beautiful footage of the
governor sneaking into the back of his own event. At various
fund-raisers, a light plane has been a frequent uninvited guest,
towing a banner through the skies that read "California
is not for sale."
WOMEN CLAIMING ARNOLD ABUSE GET LITTLE SUPPORT
MAREVA BROWN, SACRAMENTO
BEE - 100-plus days after California voters swept Schwarzenegger
into the governor's office, some of the women who stepped forward
[with allegations against the governor] now question whether
their personal disclosures were worth the public scrutiny they
evoked. Others are dismayed by what they see as the public's
apparent lack of interest in underlying questions they sought
to raise about Schwarzenegger's behavior with women.
Their debate is especially
pointed this week in the wake of a Schwarzenegger attorney's
move to dismiss a defamation suit brought by one of the women.
The action followed release of a Field Poll that showed 81 percent
of California voters say the governor's past behavior toward
women has "no effect" on their view of his ability
to perform in office. The Republican governor said this week
he was "happy to hear" about the poll results...
One woman, a camera assistant
on the 1977 documentary "Pumping Iron," said she is
saddened by what she sees as the public's apparent apathy. "The
groping thing is important because it is symbolic of his attitudes
toward women and reflective of his character," said Kristin
Glover. "And is character important to the American people?
I think it actually is. But I think the definition has become
"Our society doesn't
seem to care anymore, and I think that's sad," [one woman]
said. "Since about half the people in California happen
to be women, and he has demonstrated a long history of demeaning
women, one would think that would be important. Apparently, the
celebrity is more important."
JUDGE RULES SCHWARZENEGGER MADE
ILLEGAL $4 MILLION DOLLAR LOAN TO CAMPAIGN
BARRY WITT SAN JOSE MERCURY
NEWS - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke state law last year when
he used a loophole to loan his campaign committee $4 million,
a move that prevented voters from knowing before Election Day
who would end up paying the governor's campaign bills, a judge
ruled late Monday. Schwarzenegger will probably face no fines
as a result of the ruling, but he will be blocked from paying
himself back with the more than $3.4 million he has raised since
his election and will have to convert the loans into a personal
contribution to his campaign. The millionaire former movie star
contributed an additional $4.85 million in cash to his campaign
before the Oct. 7 recall election.
Sacramento County Superior
Court Judge Loren E. McMaster said Schwarzenegger's use of a
loophole to avoid a $100,000 cap that voters imposed in 2000
on candidate loans "flies in the face of the express purpose
of the law." He said Schwarzenegger's approach would allow
rich candidates to "evade both the $100,000 loan limitation
and the requirement of pre-election disclosure of contributions,
while those limitations would apply to candidates of more modest
WATCH OUT GEORGE,
HE'S GAINING ON YOU
- I think that gay marriage is something that should be between
a man and a woman.
TO INVESTIGATE HIMSELF
CLAIMS ATTORNEY GENERAL COVERED BY ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE
THINKS CALIFORNIANS ARE REALLY DUMB
JENNIFER COLEMAN, ASSOCIATED
PRESS - Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) will
hire a private investigator to look into allegations that he
groped women, but he may keep the results from the state attorney
general, a spokesman said Thursday. Schwarzenegger's reluctance
to turn over the results of the investigation stem from remarks
Attorney General Bill Lockyer made earlier Thursday. The Democrat
said he advised Schwarzenegger that the misconduct allegations
"are not going to go away" and he should cooperate
with an independent investigation. Schwarzenegger spokesman Rob
Stutzman said those statements violated attorney-client privilege
and have forced Schwarzenegger to reconsider whether he would
provide any information to Lockyer.
SCHWARZENEGGER PLANS WHOLESALE ENERGY GIVEAWAY
JASON LEOPOLD, SCOOP,
NEW ZEALAND - One of Schwarzenegger's first political moves as
the state's chief executive will be an effort to push the state's
electricity market closer toward deregulation, a move halted
by Gov. Gray Davis two years ago in the wake of California's
energy crisis. Schwarzenegger, while on the campaign trail, blamed
Davis for his handling of the energy crisis.
a comprehensive energy policy, that went unnoticed for much of
his campaign during the recall election. He said he wants to
eliminate public oversight on future power supply contracts the
state signs with energy companies and adopt a design plan for
deregulating California's electricity market from other states
that restructured its electricity markets, such as Texas, New
Jersey and Maryland.
"As governor, I will
create a working wholesale power market based on the lessons
learned from other states and the (Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission) standard market design," Schwarzenegger said
on his campaign website. . . In August, the General Accounting
Office issued a report criticizing FERC, the nation's top watchdog
for electricity and natural gas markets, because the agency doesn't
have the power to protect consumers from the side effects of
deregulation, such as soaring electricity and natural gas prices,
which ended up costing California more than $70 billion and bankrupted
the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. .
Schwarzenegger said he
will fire dozens of energy advisors appointed by Davis to various
posts in favor of his own energy team, one that "respects
free-market economics." Schwarzenegger will also dismantle
the California Consumer Power and Conservation Financing Authority,
the public power agency created by the state Senate in August
2001 that financed small publicly owned power plants in California
to eliminate the possibility of future energy shortages.
. . . One of Schwarzenegger's
boldest moves, however, will be to enter into quick settlements
with about a dozen energy companies accused of manipulating the
state's electricity market during the height of the state's energy
crisis two years ago, aides to Schwarzenegger said Wednesday.
For three years, California has been engaged in a costly legal
battle against dozens of energy companies it said ripped off
the state by purposely withholding much-needed electricity from
consumers, creating an artificial shortage while boosting the
companies' profits. Federal regulators ordered electricity refunds
for California totaling about $3.3 billion, but Davis said the
state deserves at least $9 billion and "not a penny less."
WHY SCHWARZENEGGER DIDN'T HAVE TO ANSWER
MAUREEN DOWD, NY TIMES
- Feminism died in 1998 when Hillary allowed henchlings and Democrats
to demonize Monica as an unbalanced stalker, and when Gloria
Steinem defended Mr. Clinton against Kathleen Willey and Paula
Jones by saying he had merely made clumsy passes, then accepted
rejection, so there was no sexual harassment involved. As to
his dallying with an emotionally immature 21-year-old, Ms. Steinem
noted, "Welcome sexual behavior is about as relevant to
sexual harassment as borrowing a car is to stealing one."
Surely what's good for the Comeback Kid is good for the Terminator.
It was no surprise on
Friday that Mr. S was backing off his promise to release those
"Springtime for Hitler" outtakes from George Butler's
1977 documentary "Pumping Iron." No dummy, he knew
years ago his "Nazi stuff" could be trouble. He bought
up the incriminating evidence, 100 hours of histrionic interviews,
for a mil, and worked with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, giving
it a mil in guilt gilt.
I asked my friend Leon
Wieseltier, who knows a lot about Judaism and politics and women,
about Arnold. "Schwarzenegger is obviously not anti-Semitic
or an admirer of genocide," he said. "Hitler does not
appear to have been his moral ideal, but his business model.
His old fondness for the Führer is just another expression
of the animating principle of his life and movies: the worship
and steady acquisition of power. Sacramento is simply the biggest
Hummer he can buy."
AND THE HOLLYWOOD PRESS
NEAL KOCH, COLUMBIA JOURNALISM
REVIEW - When it comes to strong-arming the Hollywood press,
some of the biggest muscle belongs to Arnold Schwarzenegger,
who hasn't hesitated to use it, says author Wendy Leigh. And
few journalists have been willing to cry foul. Leigh claims that
Schwarzenegger - rumored to harbor national political ambitions
- has waged a heavy-handed campaign first to suppress her book,
Arnold, An Unauthorized Biography, and then to sabotage its promotion.
Some journalists have
found her reporting worthy of attention. Time made it part of
a profile of Schwarzenegger that ran in the magazine's May 28
international edition. And accounts of the contretemps surrounding
the alleged attempts to interfere with the book appeared in New
York magazine and the Chicago Tribune last May and in Newsday
. . . James Willwerth,
a Time correspondent for twenty-three years and the author of
Time's profile of Schwarzenegger, says he's not a fan of Leigh's
gossipy type of journalism. But, he adds, after checking out
her research, using her thirty-four pages of source notes on
the back of the book as a guide, he came away with a respect
for her thoroughness. "It was very well reported",
Willwerth said, "My nose told me that the book was on target."
In Arnold, Leigh persuasively portrays Schwarzenegger as a crude
womanizer - perhaps a misogynist - of limited morals who has
been given to expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and admiration
for Hitler's ability to lead.
. . . Leigh says that
when she hit the promotional circuit, television show bookings
and filmed appearances were mysteriously canceled at the last
minute - in one case, even as TV promos ran - as were planned
newspaper features for which she had already been interviewed.
In at least one case Schwarzenegger himself turned up on the
show soon after. Bruce Lynn, Leigh's former personal publicist,
says that he believes that Charlotte Parker threatened producers
of TV shows that they wouldn't get Schwarzenegger again if they
put Leigh on the air. "People told me that," says Lynn.
Lynn adds that a booker for one national program - which he declines
to name, he says, because he still does business there - told
him, "No way. We're doing Arnold for the movie [Total Recall],
and we don't want to upset him."
. . . Time's Willwerth
says the he wasn't threatened, but did receive "urgent,
demanding pleas" from Parker to avoid mentioning the book.
But he says that while she called it unfair, she never claimed
it was inaccurate. Parker categorically denies any efforts by
Schwarzenegger or any of his associates to inhibit either the
book's publication or promotional efforts on its behalf.
ORIN HATCH BOOSTING SCHWARZENEGGER FOR PRESIDENT
CHRISTOPHER SMITH, SALT
LAKE TRIBUNE - Sen. Orrin Hatch says Arnold Schwarzenegger should
not be judged on past improper advances towards women but as
the devoted husband he is today, adding that the foreign-born
GOP candidate for California governor also should have the opportunity
to run for president under a constitutional amendment Hatch is
. . . Hatch has introduced
a resolution to amend the Constitution's ban on non-American-born
presidents by allowing people who have been U.S. citizens for
at least 20 years to be elected to the White House. While the
measure was not introduced with Schwarzenegger in mind, Hatch
said the Austrian-born superstar would be a perfect example of
why the constitutional amendment is needed. "If Arnold Schwarzenegger
turns out to be the greatest governor of California, which I
hope he will, if he turns out to be a tremendous leader and he
proves to everybody in this country that he's totally dedicated
to this country as an American . . . we would be wrong not to
give him that opportunity," said Hatch.
SCHWARZENEGGER ADMIRED HITLER
ADAM NAGOURNEY and DAVID
D. KIRKPATRICK, NY TIMES - A film producer who chronicled Arnold
Schwarzenegger's rise to fame as a champion bodybuilder in the
1970's circulated a book proposal six years ago that quoted the
young Mr. Schwarzenegger expressing admiration for Adolf Hitler.
The book proposal by the producer, George Butler, included what
were presented as verbatim excerpts from interviews with Mr.
Schwarzenegger in the filming of the documentary "Pumping
Iron." In a part of the interview not used in the film,
Mr. Schwarzenegger was asked to name his heroes - "who do
you admire most."
"It depends for what,"
Mr. Schwarzenegger said, according to the transcript in the book
proposal. "I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came
from being a little man with almost no formal education up to
power. And I admire him for being such a good public speaker."
In addition to the transcript,
Mr. Butler wrote in his book proposal that in the 1970's, he
considered Mr. Schwarzenegger a "flagrant, outspoken admirer
of Hitler." In the proposal, Mr. Butler also said he had
seen Mr. Schwarzenegger playing "Nazi marching songs from
long-playing records in his collection at home" and said
that the actor "frequently clicked his heels and pretended
to be an S.S. officer."
SCHWARZENEGGER'S KRISPY KREME KOVERAGE
NIKKI FINKE, LA WEEKLY
- "He's never going to run. Some of us have skeletons in
their closet. He has monsters in his closet." So said John
Connolly, the freelance journalist who wrote that now infamous
Premiere profile about Schwarzenegger alleging moral turpitude
and sexual harassment, before Arnold announced his candidacy.
Since then, the 55-year-old New Yorker has spent all the weeks
of this recall campaign looking even deeper into the background
of the actor whose next role is disturbingly likely to be governor.
Where the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Washington
Post, Newsweek, Time, ABC, CBS, NBC, and those other supposed
bastions of superior reporting (why bother to even mention Fox?)
claim to have found next to nothing, Connolly tells L.A. Weekly
he has found a lot. . .
"I think I have very
explosive information," Connolly alleges. He wouldn't give
us details - he's saving them for his book. But the point is
there seems to be information on Arnold out there for any enterprising
reporter to find. "In sex, in business, in his personal
life, how he's dealt with people over the years, it's extraordinary,"
Connolly says. "This couldn't have happened in any place
other than in Hollywood.". . .
Hollywood circled the
wagons and protected its own. Throughout the campaign, Schwarzenegger's
treatment of women on and off the set has been an issue. Still
industry eyewitnesses are afraid to come forward for fear of
being blacklisted. . .
Increasingly, it's harder
and harder to get any publication to print the truth about Hollywood,
and not just because Big Media keep getting Bigger. Graydon Carter
looks increasingly foolish sucking up to his buddies Barry and
Brian, while Vanity Fair's Hollywood coverage just sucks, period.
David Granger at Esquire hasn't even tried to blow the lid off
this town. And David Remnick at The New Yorker weighs in only
once a year with at best lightweight product.
There's something terribly
wrong when the Los Angeles Times recently spread wider and dug
deeper into Bob Hope's past on the occasion of his death than
the paper has done into Schwarzenegger's after he announced his
RENE SANCHEZ AND WILLIAM BOOTH,
- With California's recall election in limbo, candidates are
biding their time by taking up a new hobby: bashing Arnold Schwarzenegger.
. . The latest ambush came at a candidate debate here Wednesday
that featured four prominent candidates sitting next to an empty
chair that had been reserved for Schwarzenegger, who has shown
no interest in attending any forum but one scheduled for next
week in which he and his rivals will know the questions in advance.
After asking repeatedly,
"Where's Arnold?" Lt. Gov. Cruz M. Bustamante, the
only major Democrat on the recall ballot, proposed that all the
leading candidates in the election skip next week's debate and
instead try to embarrass Schwarzenegger by holding their own
unscripted session outside of the site where the forum will be
held. The three other candidates on stage with Bustamante --
columnist and political independent Arianna Huffington, Republican
state Sen. Tom McClintock and Green Party candidate Peter Camejo
-- each expressed interest in the idea. . .
In an appearance on CNN's
"Larry King Live" late Wednesday, the actor dismissed
the forums that have been held to date as "just little warm-ups."
"We go for the Super
Bowl of the debates," he said, referring to next week's
event. "When I was competing in bodybuilding, I didn't go
into the Mr. Venice Beach contest. I didn't go into the Mr. Seattle
contest. I went for the Mr. Olympia."
MICHAEL MINER, CHICAGO
READER - In 1999
Jay Mathews wrote the article "The Shrinking Field"
for the Washington Post on the often exaggerated heights claimed
by male candidates for political office. "Sociologist Ralph
Keyes has shown that men often claim to be taller than they are,"
he reported. "That goes double for celebrities. Men's Health
magazine compared claimed heights to actual heights and discovered
that Arnold Schwarzenegger was 5-10, not 6-2, that Charles Bronson
was 5-7, not 5-11, and Burt Reynolds 5-8, not 5-11."
IS THE MEDIA IGNORING THE SCHWARZENEGGER RACE STORY?
POLITICS US - In recent
days, Internet journalist Matt Drudge has posted several stories
charging California gubernatorial recall candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger
with holding racist views towards African-Americans. But so far,
the mainstream media has not reported this aspect of the actor's
background, save for a minor mention in a San Jose Mercury News
story of last week.
One week ago, on Sunday,
August 31, Drudge filed his first "Flash" report citing
an interview ABC News had done with former bodybuilder Rick Wayne,
in which Wayne allegedly told ABC News that Schwarzenegger held
racist views. Rather than simply report on Wayne's allegations
as made to ABC News, Drudge led with what he said was a decision
by ABC to spike the story. . . On Monday, September 1, Drudge
filed an update to his earlier dispatch, stating that in the
aftermath of his Sunday evening report, Wayne had been besieged
with interview requests. And there the story sat, until earlier
this evening, when Drudge filed his third exclusive report --
this time adding a corroborating witness to Wayne's allegations,
in the person of Robby Robinson, a former Mr. Universe, Mr. World,
and Mr. America champion.
CONFIRMS SCHWARZENEGGER ANTI-BLACK REMARKS
DRUDGE REPORT - Another black bodybuilder has come forward claiming
that California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger
has a history of making racist comments, the Drudge Report can
reveal. Robby Robinson, one of the most respected and well known
of all body builders [a former Mr. America, Mr. World and Mr.
Universe titleholder], backs up claims made by fellow black bodybuilder
Rick Wayne. "No disrespect to fans of Arnold but Rick's
claim is in keeping with my experiences with the man," Robinson
explains in a message. Robinson says that Schwarzenegger repeatedly
directed the term "nigger" at him.
Known throughout his career
as "The Black Prince," Robinson continues: "In
San Jose at the Russ Warner Classic, as it was called in those
days, there was a scene. 7 or 8 of us bodybuilders were invited
to guest pose at the show. We were all paid $650.00 to do our
thing. After the show there was a big banquet. We were all dancing
having a nice time and in walks Arnold who started shouting out,
'Down with the blacks, niggers this and blacks that,' for about
10 min. All during this time nobody said a word. The banquet
hall was full of IFFB [International Federation of BodyBuilders]
officals. There was a dead silence. You could've heard a pin
fall. Everybody in the room was shocked except for me. "All
of his hostility and rage was directed at me. For once he got
caught out of shape and I was in contest condition. Me being
in great shape put him in a bad light and a bad attitude.
"In my mind I wanted
to bust him up. But that would not have done any good. So with
all my intensity bottled inside me I walked out of the room.
I'm walking out as he was still in his mode of, down with the
blacks, when the silence was broken by Joe Weider's voice telling
Arnold to stop. That did no good. He was on a roll by now. I
left the banquet and went to my room.
"His actions were
cowardly and disrespectful. That's why Rick Wayne is speaking
"During Pumping Iron
more racial slurs were directed at me because I walked out of
his house refusing to be involved in the movie if we did not
get paid something. We ended up getting $100.00 a day but not
before more racial slurs of nigger-nigger were leveled at me
for speaking up for myself and the rest of the guys."
One problem I have with
Arnold is that he looks like a condom stuffed with walnuts. I
realize that is superficial, shallow, and unbecoming to a semi-serious-minded
liberal like myself, but there it is. The other is that he doesn't
know what he's talking about when it comes to public policy.
- Molly Ivins
GREAT THOUGHTS OF ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER - The public
doesn't care about figures. What the people want to hear is are
you willing to make the changes. Are you tough enough to go in
there and provide leadership. That's what this is about.
JON STEWART - Arnold Schwarzenegger
campaigned in New York this week, where he stepped up his controversial
goal of helping children. . . It's all summed up in his campaign
slogan, 'Arnold Schwarzenegger: Cutting violence in half with
a laser-guided chain gun across a charred landscape - for the
ROY RIVENBURG, LA TIMES - We feel guilty offering advice to
alleged Gov. Gray Davis (motto: "Give me three more years
and I promise to run the deficit up to $150 billion, a number
we can all be proud of"), but if we were in charge of his
campaign, we'd saturate the media with a recall edition of MasterCard's