Update: Mickey Kaus
points to a 2004 Los Angeles article
by Ann Louise Bardach suggesting the mother of ex-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger`s love child is not
the family maid, as a naive reading of today`s news accounts would suggest.
If you are Arnold Schwarzenegger, you employ lots of people besides a cleaning lady. This 2004 article points to a stewardess on Arnold`s Gulfstream jet. (Assuming there`s only one such family retainer Arnold got in a family way.)
Okay, now the story makes more sense. Arnold has his foibles, but he isn`t Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Mounting the maid while she`s vacuuming might be standard operating procedure in International Monetary Fund circles, but Hollywood action heroes are expected to show more discretion and stick to the Gulfstream.
UPDATE: According the Brit Daily Mail, there are two love children and the second mother is indeed the maid.
By the way, speaking of antitrust, that 2004 article raises some interesting points about the broad political effect of the fairly recent monopolization of supermarket tabloids by AMI.
The tabs will pay for stories and hire private investigators, so they get juicier stories about important people than does the prestige press (e.g., Gennifer Flowers). However, in the 1990s, they were all consolidated under the ownership of AMI (the first victims of the anthrax mad scientist, by the way), because nobody much cares about enforcing antitrust laws anymore.
Then, in the early 2000s, AMI bought the Weider magazines for muscleheads, like Men`s Fitness.
This provided a lot of synergy. For example, when AMI`s National Enquirer obtained a photo a number of years ago of Tiger Woods in a parking lot with a local waitress, they spiked publication in return for Tiger flexing his new performance-enhanced bicep on the cover of AMI`s Men`s Fitness magazine and allowing an interview with his musclehead trainer. This 2007 story may have offered us our first clue into the ongoing physical collapse of America`s most famous athlete. (Notice the lattice of coincidence
On the other hand, Arnold had a long relationship with the Weider interests, which apparently got transferred over to AMI. With the tabloids now financially in bed with Arnold, he was free to run for governor of California in 2003 without the tabs doing much snooping about his ever-interesting life story.
By the way, what are the chances that M. Strauss-Kahn, a 62-year-old with more energy than a frat boy on spring break, might have a prescription for some kind of chemical enhancement, like Arnold, Tiger, and Joe Weider?