The War of the Words

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In 1938, Orson Welles’
dramatization of "The War of the Worlds" sent American radio listeners
into a panic when late-comers to the realistic broadcast were convinced
that Martians were attacking New Jersey. Welles later apologized,
concerned that anyone mistook the fictional dramatization for reality.

67 years later, Arnold has no such qualms about using fake media
reports to deceive the public — or spending taxpayer funds to do it.

The gov has used tax dollars to produce at least four fake news reports
to advance the governor’s political agenda that look and sound like
real stories, featuring the actor-in-chief himself. But, just as
Welles’ 1938 broadcast would be unbelievable if heard today, the
governor’s nonsensical scripts don’t have a plausible storyline.

According to Arnold’s "news casts," lunch hour rules opposed by
employee groups will "mean that [workers] can eat when they’re hungry."
Staffing rules opposed by nurses because they don’t meet patient safety
standards are "intended to assure patient safety… and improve nursing
work conditions." Boards now required to meet in the open would be
"more publicly accessible" when under the governor’s exclusive control.

These Hollywood fictions don’t report that the governor’s proposals are
opposed by the real people they effect and are designed to benefit the
governor’s big industry contributors.

It’s bad enough when the gov raises $80,000 a day from big business,
then turns around and promotes those industry donors’ agenda in a
special interest extra election. But it’s inexcusable that taxpayer
dollars are paying for Arnold’s propaganda.

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