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He didn't mention her name, but in brief remarks at the Los Angeles Press Club's annual awards gala on Sunday night, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger swiped at Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, calling her proposal to eliminate 40,000 state worker positions "bogus talk" and praising journalists for asking where those cuts would be made.

Schwarzenegger said media coverage was instrumental to his success in show business. In politics, too, he said, the media was "very, very helpful."

He told reporters in the room, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, to applaud themselves. They did.


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