Wednesday, May 11, 2005
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Joe Scarborough Duped by Schwarzenegger Impersonator

This is what happens when the mainstream media is too enthusiastic to pull the trigger on "sexism" stories. Due diligence, fact check... IOL: Arnie's not mad at the moon
Citing a British newspaper, Scarborough had quoted Schwarzenegger on the air as saying: "If we get rid of the moon, women, those menstrual cycles are governed by the moon, will not get (pre-menstrual syndrome). They will stop bitching and whining." Scarborough chided Schwarzenegger for insensitivity, saying: "Hey, governor, way to make 50 percent of California's voting population turn frigid towards you. "I don't know how it works in Austria, but let me tell you something, friend. Jokes about such matters, (are) not laughing subjects to women in America." It turned out the remarks Scarborough attributed to the Austrian-born governor were actually made by a Schwarzenegger impersonator who regularly appears on [Howard] Stern's show as part of a running call-in gag. Eleven days later, Scarborough admitted on the air that he had been duped and apologised to viewers and Schwarzenegger "for my terrible mistake".