Everyone Has a Story About Arnold Now


Does this even sound credible?
'So You Think You Can Dance' judge Mary Murphy shocked me and host Joy Behar on her hit HLN show recently when she revealed Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't just have a wondering eye on housekeepers and Sandra Bernhard, he also once tried to hit on Mary's makeup artist ... in an elevator ... two seconds after they met.

"He even hit on my makeup artist in two seconds," the dancing judge told Joy. "Two seconds in an elevator. That's all it took. The door shut, the two of them in there, and he leans down and says, 'Do you want to kiss me?' And she backed up and she's like ... Well, she's one of my makeup artists. I'm not going to say which one, but this is true, and in such a short period of time. I mean can you imagine on a daily basis how many women, though, that he has hit on. This is somebody he'd never seen before."
I'm not saying that this woman is a liar, but it sounds like a canned piece of gossip. These things get told on television programs when there's something to sell. And these stories go around all the time. They're interchangeable. Subtract Arnold's name and you could re-tell the story with Nicolas Cage or Kevin Costner and people would believe it. That does not, of course, make it true.

What's sad is that no one questions it. Everyone now believes that Arnold is the biggest cheating horndog since Congressman Weiner or Bill Clinton. Perhaps he really is. But you'd never know from reading these stories and hearing them re-told again and again on television whether or not they're true. They may have currency, but there's no way to really question them which is what should be done in pretty much any and all cases like this.

Why is it that we don't have an automatic filter that kicks in when someone is promoting or selling something? Why doesn't someone point out that if you're going to call yourself a journalist or a celebrity interviewer or someone who helps resell the stuff someone is selling that you have a modest obligation to call bullshit when things like this come up?