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.
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.