Political hopeful Arnold Schwarzenegger has accused California's leading
daily newspaper of bias against his campaign to become the state's governor.
The Terminator actor claims the LOS ANGELES TIMES has carried negative
stories of him supplied by Governor Gray Davis' campaign - while running more
favourable coverage of his rivals on the front page.
Schwarzenegger even alleges a senior manager at the Times has admitted the
newspaper is biased towards Democrats Davis and his Lieutenant Governor CRUZ
The actor tells American talk-show host Bill O'Reilly, "Have you ever seen
how many times they've put Davis on the cover and Bustamante on the cover and
I'm on page 12 or page 20 or something like that? It's very clear what they're
mean, you know, even the editor admitted it, that he's doing that."
When asked by O'Reilly if he was surprised the Times has carried negative
stories about his father's connections to the NAZI party during the Second
World War and a 1977 magazine interview in which he discussed group sex, he
added, "Well, not
really. Because I always knew that Davis knows how to run a negative
"All of the stories are fed by the campaign headquarters, I guarantee you
But newspaper spokesman DAVID GARCIA denies the actor's claims, insisting,
"We believe our coverage of all the major candidates has been fair and balanced
and in fact Mr. Schwarzenegger has said to us that he considers our coverage
And evidence by news agency REUTERS also contradicts Schwarzenegger's
Their research states, "Davis has been mentioned on the paper's front page
64 times since Schwarzenegger joined the race on 6 August, while Schwarzenegger
appears 61 times over the same period. Bustamante is mentioned 48 times."