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AP Fisks Itself- Yglesias Won't Surrender

AP picked up the mantle of the loony left trying to make the case that Arnold was lying in his speech. You might remember it from a few days ago.

Historians dispute Schwarzenegger's convention comments

VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- Austrian historians are challenging California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for telling the Republican National Convention that he saw Soviet tanks in his homeland as a child and that he left a "Socialist" country when he moved away in 1968.

Recalling that the Soviets once occupied part of Austria in the aftermath of World War II, Schwarzenegger told the convention on Tuesday: "I saw tanks in the streets. I saw communism with my own eyes."

Historians, however, are questioning Schwarzenegger's version of postwar history -- if not his enduring popularity among Austrians who admire him for rising from a penniless immigrant to the highest official in America's most populous state.

"It's a fact -- as a child he could not have seen a Soviet tank in Styria," the southeastern province where Schwarzenegger was born and raised, historian Stefan Karner told the Vienna newspaper Kurier. ...

The Soviets already had left Styria in July 1945, less than three months after the end of the war, Karner noted.

This would be far more impressive if Arnold had ever claimed that the tanks were in Styria. He specifically said otherwise. And I know that because the AP fisks itself, starting in the very next paragraph.

Margita Thompson, spokeswoman for Schwarzenegger, defended Schwarzenegger's speech.

"Never in there did the governor reference that the tanks were where he grew up. It was a reference to visiting Soviet-occupied Austria," she said.

She is exactly right. For the record Arnold said:

When I was a boy, the Soviets occupied part of Austria. I saw their tanks in the streets. I saw communism with my own eyes. I remember the fear we had when we had to cross into the Soviet sector.

He never claimed they were in Styria. His words were quite clear when he spoke of the soviet sector. The AP knew this but ran the piece anyway. Why let the facts get in the way of bashing a Republican?

Meanwhile, Yglesias, ever the delusional hack, claims he was right all along. I had no idea one could get thru Harvard with such poor critical thinking skills.

And am I the only one on the planet who sees the irony that the people who accuse Arnold of lying have to lie themselves to make their case? If they were so upset about lying, they could start by telling the truth themselves.


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Comments (10)

You know, you might be surp... (Below threshold)

You know, you might be surprised at this, but I agree with you on this. All of this hairspliting is just BS. Who cares, my partners on the left really dont help the cause with this kind of meaningless crap, or the booing story from yesterday.

David, due respect, but the... (Below threshold)

David, due respect, but the booing story is important because it was a blatant lie told by an alleged trusted party during the course of documenting a news event.

If you said that people booed, that would be one thing. Your business, I'm free to argue with you, but it's not really a huge deal. But when that AP reporter (whose identity is still unclear, as far as I know) wrote his story, he was acting with the public's implicit trust. Inserting a falsehood into his story was completely beyond the pale, a violation of public trust and journalist ethics.

And because this isn't the only example but merely the most recent and egregious, this is a story.

But other than that, I agree completely with what you said.

Jeff having listened to the... (Below threshold)

Jeff having listened to the audio a few times I do detect an slightly audible collective gasp. Clearly it's no mass booing, but when you're listening for it it's right there.

At the end of the day this may be a Watergate for AP. Perhaps the initial "crime" is sloppiness or blatent bias. The real story will be the story of the AP after the error was found. So far they're not exactly shining.

I don't know if I'd call it... (Below threshold)

I don't know if I'd call it a gasp, Kevin. It sounds more like a murmur to me. But I know exactly what you're referring to.

In my opinion, the real story here is the AP's unaccountability. In this case they issued a corrected writethru. But if they hadn't, none of us nor anybody else could have done a damn thing about it.

Video of the <a href="http:... (Below threshold)
addison:

Video of the non-booing incident.

The AP writer is Tom Hays (he resides in New York city).

Matthew made it through Har... (Below threshold)
Tom:

Matthew made it through Harvard with this kind of critical thinking skill because the answers followed liberal dogma. He never would have had a chance if he had taken the conservative position at the Academy.

There were two criticisms i... (Below threshold)
Mr Davis:

There were two criticisms in the article and one of them you addressed while the other you seem to leave alone. Which is the one about Austria being a "socialist" country:

But Martin Polaschek, a law history scholar and vice rector of Graz University, told Kurier that Austria was governed by coalition governments, including the conservative People's Party and the Social Democratic Party. Between 1945 and 1970, all the nation's chancellors were conservatives -- not Socialists.

What's more, when Schwarzenegger left in 1968, Austria was run by a conservative government headed by People's Party Chancellor Josef Klaus, a staunch Roman Catholic and a sharp critic of both the Socialists and the Communists ruling in countries across the Iron Curtain.

Schwarzenegger "confuses a free country with a Socialist one," said Polaschek, referring to East European Communist officials' routine descriptions of their countries as Socialist.

Mr Davis that has been comp... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Mr Davis that has been completely debunked as well.

http://wizbangblog.com/archives/003524.php
(follow link to James)

But nice try.

No, the AP isn't biased, is... (Below threshold)
Steve Cormier:

No, the AP isn't biased, is it?


Business - AP


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By LEIGH STROPE, AP Labor Writer

WASHINGTON - A spotty job market and stagnant paychecks cloud this Labor Day holiday for many workers, highlighting the importance of pocketbook issues in the presidential election.

...

The rest of the article goes on in the same vein, parroting the dem's talking points, with one or two slight positive statements to make it look more reasonable.

It's not just the woppers--it's the steady drone of bias using yellow journalism slanted words and really slanted and deceptive titles.

The Soviets did not complet... (Below threshold)
Lystgl:

The Soviets did not completely leave Austria until 1955.




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