Lying Media Bastards

May 29, 2005

True Lies II

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So, with his poll numbers slipping and assaults on mulitple fronts by popular “special interest groups” (like teachers and nurses), California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (still weirds me out typing that) has begun a counteroffensive in the way that Arnold knows best: staged press events.

Last Thursday afternoon, Schwarzenegger arranged such a photo op to highlight his plans to “improve transportation.” He and a road crew filled in a 10′ x 15′ pothole in a city street with asphalt brought in with a dumptruck.

The problem is that as of Thursday morning, there was no pothole there at all.

Yes, in what is surely the most symbolic representation of the Schwarzenegger regime, the governor hired city workers to dig a pothole in the street so that he could help fix it in front of the news media. Our California tax dollars were used to ruin a city street, then to help fix the damage that had just been done. So that the governor could try to manipulate our emotions and feel that maybe he’s not such a bad guy.

I wish I could think of the proper cliched Schwarzenegger movie quote to use here. “It’s notta tumah”?

Also of interest in that article: it appears that Schwarzenegger is so fearful of protesters appearing at all of his public events, that this Potemkin Pothole event was kept a secret from everyone–including the media– until the last minute:

Media advisories for the morning San Jose event were not issued until two hours before it started, and — in an unusual move — reporters were not provided with a location, but told to assemble in a parking lot where directions were distributed.

Stealth publicity. That’s a new one.

Posted by Jake on May 29, 2005 3:32 pm

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