Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger claimed that a CBS headline on his recent filling of a pothole in his neighborhood was “bogus.”
The “Terminator” star garnered attention on Tuesday after posting a video of him filling in a “giant” pothole in the Brentwood, California, community after allegedly dealing with it for weeks.
This headline/tweet is bogus.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) April 16, 2023
The story is correct – the utility work was finished in January. I filled in the hole 3 months later and the city left my fix in place.
This story should be taught in a class for people who are confused about why institutional trust is in decline. https://t.co/yq0VZwVqr3
“Today, after the whole neighborhood has been upset about this giant pothole that’s been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks, I went out with my team and fixed it. I always say, let’s not complain, let’s do something about it. Here you go,” Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter.
However, CBS News insisted in a tweet that the pothole was actually a trench used for utility work.
“The ‘giant pothole’ that Arnold Schwarzenegger said he recently filled on a street in his Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood was actually a trench that had been dug for utility work, according to the city,” CBS News tweeted.
CBS’ headline for the story also read “Schwarzenegger filled a utility trench, not a pothole, city of Los Angeles says after video goes viral.”
Schwarzenegger called out this framing on Twitter, claiming that it could be used as an example in the decline of media trust.
“This headline/tweet is bogus. The story is correct – the utility work was finished in January. I filled in the hole 3 months later and the city left my fix in place. This story should be taught in a class for people who are confused about why institutional trust is in decline,” Schwarzenegger tweeted.
CBS News’ tweet also featured a Community Note reading, “The pothole was filled three months after the utility work ended, according to Schwarzenegger.”
A city spokesperson said in a statement that the hole the actor filled up “is not a pothole,” but rather “a service trench that relates to active, permitted work being performed at the location by SoCalGas, who expects the work to be completed by the end of May.”
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