The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

15 June 2007

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Talk Radio, Spanish Television


Arnold's Honesty Infuriates Left, Fuels Talk Radio

Is there anything more obvious than the idea that only total immersion will lead to foreign language fluency?

So why did that very concept, expressed in simple terms, get California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in so much hot water today? And will it prove a tough lesson for the Governator?

After all, Arnold's speech before Hispanic journalists gathered in the Bay Area city of San Jose was meant to promote President Bush's amnesty proposal for illegal immigrants, hated by conservatives but likely very popular at the convention.

What did Arnold get in return for supporting their cause? Nothing but negative headlines carried worldwide, all because he suggested today's immigrants spend more time learning English:

Schwarzenegger: Immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media to learn English

SAN FRANCISCO: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's remarks that immigrants should avoid Spanish-language media if they want to learn English quickly left some Hispanic journalists shaking their heads.

"You've got to turn off the Spanish television set" and stay away from Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. "You're just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster."

Schwarzenegger, who immigrated to the U.S. from Austria, was responding to a question about how Hispanic students can improve academic performance. The audience included many journalists who work for Spanish-language media outlets.

"I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say and I'm going to get myself in trouble," he said. "But I know that when I came to this country, I very rarely spoke German to anyone."

And sure enough, some journalists at the convention knifed him in the back at the earliest opportunity:

"I'm sitting shaking my head not believing that someone would be so naive and out of it that he would say something like that," Alex Nogales, president and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, said Thursday.

Nogales said immigrants need Spanish-language media to stay informed and "function in this society."

Pilar Marrero, the political editor for the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion, chuckled at the governor's comments, saying many Hispanics did not have time to learn English.

"They're too busy working," she said.

They don't have time to speak it on the job?

And sure enough, Californian talkers knew a great topic when they saw one, with hosts from San Diego to San Francisco leading off with the story. KFI / Los Angeles host Bill Handel (right) devoted his 7am hour to the controversy, while KSFO's Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan Show was all over it as well.

According to Morgan, "I HATE having to defend Governor Schwarzenkennedy, but when he's right, he's right. But it's amusing that the Governor ended up insulting one of his biggest campaign contributors: Univision!"

And that pretty much sums up the bed Arnold has made for himself: after years of sucking up to these special interest groups, he's repaid with scorn and derision.

Hey, it's not too late to back a better horse, is it?

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  • Brian
    So why exactly on the left is complaining about Schwartzenegger? Your articledoes not prove the outrage you claim the left is displaying....
    I tend to think you have a vivid iminination. his statement is acceptable and logical and really has created zero outrage from "libs libs libs". Your stale gag is boringgggggggggggggggg

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 15 June, 2007 16:23  

  • When you listen to hacks, you get this non-existant version of the "liberal" OR "progressive". It is all in the writer's mind.

    This is a common right wing hack tatic, create a non-existant outrage that "liberals" are not even outraged about, in an effort to cover up the fact that it is the CONS that are crackpots. Get the reader thinkig "libs are crazy and whine about stupid things", which nobody is seriously even discussing other than in quick passing. He finds one person bothered by the statement and declares "liberal outrage"


    exposing the right
    mocking the right
    I'm on to the trickery,

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 15 June, 2007 16:26  

  • MOP,

    Would you support a bill creating English as the Official Language, thus eliminating the multitude of governmental forms in other languages?

    What the Governor stated is absolutely, unequivocally true. Having lived overseas (Chile and China), immersion - 24/7 - is the best way to learn another language. Tuning in to English broadcasts, reading English papers definitely impacted my absorption of the foreign language.

    The fact that some in the media derided his comments as "naive and out of it" is quite telling.

    By Blogger Da, at 15 June, 2007 18:08  

  • "What the Governor stated is absolutely, unequivocally true."

    I totally agree.

    "This is a common right wing hack tatic, create a non-existant outrage that "liberals" are not even outraged about, in an effort to cover up the fact that it is the CONS that are crackpots."

    This statement is absolutely true as well.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 15 June, 2007 20:03  

  • A couple years back, Marero lied about something else Arnie said, so there's that to consider.

    And, the bottom line is that what Arnie said is a bit of a strike against racial demagogues who fear the non-Spanish media because it would reduce their power.

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 15 June, 2007 23:04  

  • i don't know.

    I have no problem with Spanish radio and media....I simply believe it should be migrated to shortwave, or an entirely different band.

    I also oppose all foreign-language signage and advertising on private businesses, unless every word of it is translated into English, and the English characters are at least twice as large.

    As for all signs on governmental property, it is not even up for debate. These signs should be English-only.

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 16 June, 2007 00:50  

  • It'd be nice if our host would also monitor Wikipedia's AAR page and revert those little libs who keep removing links to our sites.

    On the 14th, removed my site ( from their list of critics.

    Yesterday, this guy removed this site:

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 16 June, 2007 13:23  

  • Hash:
    I also oppose all foreign-language signage and advertising on private businesses, unless every word of it is translated into English, and the English characters are at least twice as large.

    I agree 100% with that statement, imagine busines's that by menas of their signs exclude Americans simply because we can't read the language the sign is written in. English should be the officlal language, immigrants should feel as if they HAVE to learn it, making the society more inclusive by having everyone on the same page is imortant. In Brooklyn, we have Brighton Beach, a Russian-Polish area, and as an English speaker you would feel like you are in another nation baed on the signs on the stores. It sucks. You feel like the outsider if your the typical born in America, native english speaker.

    On the other hand, I support the right for others to speak their native language to their family, friends etc. I think it is also important for bi-lingualism to be encouraged among English speakers at public schools, knowing more than one language is important and we do not seriously encourage muli-lingualism in America putting us at a disadvantage.

    But in order to have a educated multi-lingual society, let's all learn English first!!!

    I love it, and issue we all agree on!

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 16 June, 2007 13:58  

  • Wow, pigs are flying, and the Mariners are destined to win it all! I agree with MOP and Hash on something!

    Personally, I couldn't care about private businesses, as long as they have information available in English. But governmental forms and signage should be in English, and English should be the official language of the US.

    I think with at least a common language we'll be a lot closer to a true melting pot than a stew...

    By Blogger Da, at 16 June, 2007 15:03  

  • The best way to learn a language is total immersion. For example, if you are learning Spanish, gives great learning resources.

    By Blogger Joseph Stevens, at 16 July, 2007 02:44  

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