May 26 Radio: Columnist On Governor's Scandal Cover-up

By Andrew Kreig / Project Director

James HirsenHollywood-based commentator and author James Hirsen appeared on my radio show show, Washington Update, on May 26 to discuss his column, “How Arnold Was Able to Keep His Secret.”  Hirsen exposed one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets: How a child born outside the marriage Arnold Schwarzenegger of movie star and two-term California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was kept hidden from family, friends and the press for 10 years.

Hirsen, the first guest on the show beginning at noon (EST), is the Hollywood "Left Coast" columnist for Newsmax, a law professor and a best-selling author. We explored the inside angle on the weekly public affairs radio show I've been co-hosting for nearly five years with Scott Draughon, founder of the My Technology Lawyer radio network that distributes the show worldwide. Our one-hour show was heard live beginning at noon (EDT), and is now on archive. To listen, click here (Mac access is via "Parallels").

Hirsen, above left, described how Schwarzenegger fended off rumors and a National Enquirer story in 2001 about his illegitimate child. He suggested also motives why Maria Shriver may have helped propel the scandal into the news.  "This is," he says, "a twisted and true story of betrayal, mystery, and finally confession." Hirsen has appeared on many prominent broadcast programs as an expert on the entertainment industry, media psychology, current events and cultural matters. Among the shows are: The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, Your World with Neil Cavuto, the Glenn Beck Show, CNN’s People in the News, Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN Headline News’ Showbiz Tonight, and the BBC.

He is author of the weekly column, “The Left Coast Report,” where he takes a humorous poke at the politics of Hollywood. In his New York Times best-selling book, Tales from the Left Coast, Hirsen illustrates the political gap between Hollywood and the rest of the country.  In his most recent book, Hollywood Nation, Hirsen argues that Hollywood elites have been blurring the lines between news and entertainment. He reveals how those in new media are leading a counterattack against what he calls the liberal assault that is coming from East Coast newsrooms and Left Coast studios.  Details.

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Newsmax, Schwarzenegger Escapes the Media With Affair, James Hirsen, May 23, 2011. Amid all of the mainstream media coverage of Arnold Schwarzenegger, one question has repeatedly popped up: How did the Hollywood superstar and California governor manage to keep an illicit affair (and child from that affair) secret from his journalist wife and the news and entertainment media? The media outlet that has broken most of the stories that have involved high profile philandering is none other than the mother of all tabloids, The National Enquirer. The scandals of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, and golf legend Tiger Woods were first reported on in detail by The National Enquirer.

Los Angeles Times, Schwarzenegger fathered a child with longtime member of household staff, Mark Z. Barabak and Victoria Kim, May 17, 2011.  Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver, moved out of their Brentwood mansion earlier this year after the former governor acknowledged the child was his. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January. (Poster at left from the 1994 hit movie, True Lies, starring the future governor.)

John EdwardsWashington Post, Edwards lawyers ready for charges, Jerry Markon, May 25, 2011. John Edwards’s legal team braces for a criminal indictment Lawyers for former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards are bracing for the possibility that he will soon face federal campaign finance charges and indicated Wednesday that they would vigorously fight any indictment.  Charges against the former North Carolina senator and two-time presidential candidate, right, appear increasingly likely. A federal grand jury in North Carolina has been examining Edwards’s role in funneling money from political donors to a former campaign aide, Rielle Hunter, in a possible attempt to cover up an extramarital affair, sources familiar with the investigation have said.

White House Chronicles, What Ails the Press? Llewellyn King, May 24, 2011. The crisis in the media, as some of us believe, is not in the decline of newspapers, the shrinking of viewership for traditional television news, or the growth of partisan cable news, but rather in two other unrelated but dangerously coincidental trends. The first of these is that the establishment in Washington now believes it doesn't need the media in the way that the media was believed to be needed traditionally. The second downward trend is a pervasive pusillanimity that has gripped the media in the last several years. We allow ourselves to be segregated, corralled and de facto licensed.