Don't believe the LA Times staff writers when they claim that the last minute, anonymous allegations of sexual misconduct by Arnold are just the result of the paper giving every candidate the "scrutiny they deserve"? And hey, those reports that Arnold admired Hitler? That's just standard operating procedure! Do you really think the LA Times is objective, or do they have an agenda of their own?

Times Editor John S. Carroll rejected the argument that the newspaper has an agenda against Schwarzenegger, noting that the paper had written comprehensive articles that detailed the arguments for recalling Davis, the large contributions received by Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante from Indian tribes and the minimal income tax payments made by former candidate Arianna Huffington.

"We have treated all the candidates with the scrutiny that they deserve, including Schwarzenegger," Carroll said.

"I expected criticism," he added, "but I'd rather have criticism for publishing it than the personal guilt of withholding it from the voters. We're in the business of publishing news, not sweeping it under the rug."

Interesting! And yet, when former LA Times reporter Jill Stewart wanted to run stories about Governor Davis' violent temper and multiple instances of physical abuse that sent at least one staffer to the hospital, well, those just weren't newsworthy. (Unfortunately, the LA New Times is now defunct, thanks to yet another LA Times hatchet job, so this link goes to a reproduction of Ms. Stewart's article on Free Republic.)
Long protected by the news media, the baby-faced Davis has been allowed to move higher and higher in public office despite his history of physical violence, unhinged hysteria, and gross profanity.

Perhaps you are among the millions never told of Lieutenant Governor Davis's widely known penchant for physically attacking his own staff throughout his career, from his days as chief of staff to ex-Gov. Jerry Brown to his long stint as state controller to his current job.

Davis's hurling of phones and ashtrays at quaking government employees and his incidents of personally shoving and shaking horrified workers -- "usually while screaming the f-word with more venom than Nixon," as one former staffer reminds me -- bespeak a man who cannot be trusted with power. Since his attacks on subordinates aren't "domestic violence," I need a lexicon that is more Dilbertesque. I propose "office batterer" for your consideration as you observe Davis in his race for the top job. ...

"I guess Gray's biggest lie," says his former staffer, "is pretending that he operates within the bounds of normalcy, which is not true. This is not a normal person. I will never forget the day he physically attacked me, because even though I knew he had done it before to many others, you always want to assume that Gray would never do it to you, or that he has finally gotten help."

On the day in question, in the mid-1990s, the staffer was explaining to Davis that his quest for an ever-larger campaign chest (an obsession that, employees say, led Davis to routinely break fundraising rules by using state government personnel and other resources to arrange political fundraisers and identify sources of money) had run into a snafu: a major funding source had dried up. Recalls the former staffer, "He just went into one of his rants of, 'Fuck the fucking fuck, fuck, fuck!' I can still hear it ringing in my ears. When I stood up to insist that he not talk to me that way, he grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me until my teeth rattled. I was so stunned I said, 'Good God, Gray! Stop and look at what you are doing! Think what you are doing to me!' And he just could not stop."

Perhaps the worst incident was Davis's attack four years ago on a woman we'll call K., his loyal executive secretary in Los Angeles who acted as chief apologist for his violent "incidents."

K. refuses to discuss the assault on her with the media but has relayed much of the story to me through a series of interviews with a close friend. On the day in question, state Controller Davis was in a purple rage because an employee had rearranged framed bond-sale notices on his office walls. When K. entered his office, he shouted, "Fucking pictures!" and violently shoved her out of his way, according to employees who were present. K. ran out, broke down in sobs, and was briefly hospitalized at Cedars Sinai for a severe, stress-related dermatologic reaction.

According to one close friend, though K. suffered an emotional breakdown, she refused to sue Davis, despite the advice of several friends, after a prominent L.A. attorney told her Davis could ruin her. According to one state official, K., protected by civil service, was allowed to continue working under Davis from her home for three months "because she refused to work in Davis's presence." (Checchi's campaign needs a copy of the tape recording Davis left on K.'s home telephone, in which he offers no apology but requests that she return to work, saying, "You know how I am.")

There's more, go read the article. The LA Times didn't think any of that was important enough to report -- maybe because it didn't happen in 1975, but in the mid 1990s.

When Arnold is accused of "groping" by some anonymous women, why, that's front page news! But in 1999 when former campaign worker Juanita Broaddrick accused sitting President Bill Clinton of rape, the LA Times ran the story on page 16 and led with a denial by Clinton's lawyers.

Get a clue, LA Times; this is why you'll never be counted with the NY Times or the Washington Post. Those papers are liberal, but they're not completely disconnected from reality.



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