[FoRK] Fwd: [IP] Never let the truth get in the way of a good story...

Owen Byrne owen at permafrost.net
Sat Sep 4 18:27:55 PDT 2004

Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:

> FWIW. I assume pretty much that anyone that cares has gotten on 
> mailing lists
> that cover all this stuff. But still, some things are too good not to 
> forward.
> - Joe
Slate has corrected their original story - he didn't actually say 
"debate." The Soviet tanks in Austria story - and socialism - were 
 made up though.

> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:     [IP] Never let the truth get in the way of a good story...
> Date:     Sat, 4 Sep 2004 20:15:43 -0400
> From:     David Farber <dave at farber.net>
> Reply-To:     dave at farber.net
> To:     Ip <ip at v2.listbox.com>
> Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Kevin G. Barkes" <kgb at kgb.com>
> Date: September 4, 2004 3:02:12 PM EDT
> To: "dave at farber.net" <dave at farber.net>
> Subject: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story...
> http://tinyurl.com/4xp6y
> Arnold Schwarzenegger's Blunder at the Republican Convention:
> The Nixon-Humphrey Presidential Debate Never Took Place
> by Michel Chossudovsky
> At the Republican Convention, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he  
> became a Republican after listening to a televised debate between  
> Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon in 1968.
> In his address, he described arriving in the United States from 
> Austria  and hearing Richard Nixon challenge Hubert Humphrey in a 
> televised  presidential debate:
> "I finally arrived here in 1968.I had empty pockets, but I was full 
> of  dreams. The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember  
> watching the Nixon and Humphrey presidential race on TV. A friend who  
> spoke German and English, translated for me. I heard Humphrey saying  
> things that sounded like socialism which is what I had just left. But  
> then I heard Nixon speak. He was talking about free enterprise, 
> getting  government off your back, lowering taxes, and strengthening 
> the  military. Listening to Nixon speak sounded more like a breath of 
> fresh  air.
> I said to my friend, "What party is he?" My friend said, "He's a  
> Republican." I said, "Then I am a Republican!" And I've been a  
> Republican ever since!" (complete speech at  
> http://www.2004nycgop.org/cgi-data/speeches/files/ 
> 2jl158h8hr9cm5t7e4d379jp6o186680.shtml
> The records on televised presidential debates are unequivocal.  They  
> started in 1960 with the famous Kennedy-Nixon debate. Nixon's  
> performance in this debate was in part instrumental in his defeat and  
> the election of John F. Kennedy to the White house in the November  
> 1960. (for a review of presidential debates since 1858 see The  
> Commission on Presidential Debates at:  
> http://www.debates.org/pages/history.html )
> In the 1968 presidential campaign, Hubert Humphrey and Ed Muskie ran  
> against Richard Nixon and Maryland Governor Spiro Agnew. Richard 
> Nixon  did not want to repeat his 1960 experience with JFK. He refused 
> to  debate his Democratic opponent Hubert Humphrey. (See Providence  
> Journal-Bulletin (Rhode Island), October 3, 2000)
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