Friday, August 12, 2005

The Clinton Defense?

Here's this from the LA Times story on Arnold Schwarzenegger's alleged affair:

Goyette did not dispute an account of her relationship in Leamer's biography of Schwarzenegger, published two months ago. Like the National Enquirer, Leamer's book says Goyette and Schwarzenegger had a periodic intimate relationship.

In the book, Leamer says Goyette and Schwarzenegger got together yearly at the Arnold Fitness Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, where she helped with events.

Leamer writes that Goyette described her contact with Schwarzenegger with the term " 'outercourse' because it's like foreplay." The interaction, she told him, was "whatever we wanted it to be.

Goyette's lawyer, Charlotte Hassett, told The Times: "She maintained it was more of a massage situation — however you want to interpret that."

I guess it all depends on your definition of "is."

The story alleges that not only did Arnold have an affair, but that American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, signed Goyette to a confidentiality agreement as a way of buying her silence since Arnold was about to enter into a consulting relationship with them.

OK, Arnold has an affair, there's no news there, but I'm shocked, shocked that the publisher of the National Enquirer might have violated the norms of the journalistic professionalism.

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