I cruised the net today for about an hour looking for the actual quote that Arnold Schwarzenegger made in a 1975 issue of “Pumping Iron” in which he says he admred Hitler. I had heard that he was misquoted. I did find the actual quote buried in an article on NewsMax and another site (because NewsMax isn’t always accurate) and here’s what it says:
In many ways I admired people ? It depends for what. I admired Hitler for instance because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power. And I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for his way of getting to the people and so on.
But I didn’t admire him for what he did with it. It is very hard to say who I admired and who are my heroes. And I admired basically people who are powerful people, like Kennedy. Who people listen to and just wait until he comes out with telling them what to do. People like that I admire a lot.
Memo to journalists: research your topics more thouroughly. It’s not enough to just check one source.
In related news, Saturday’s New York Times has retracted their story on this.