Arnold SchwarzeneggerConor Friedersdorf

The associate editor at The Atlantic deliberates on the Los Angeles Times decision to be the first to publish the story about Arnold Schwarzenegger fathering a child with a household staffer ten years ago.

Is it a private matter? Would you have published the story?

About the image: Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at a lighting ceremony at the California capitol building in 2008. (photo: Lon R. Fong/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)

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 I think it's inaccurate to call him a private person. He still meets the criteria for public person.

 Most people I know in Los Angeles just thought, "Holy Sh**!" when we read about it. I don't know why we're all newly shocked when we read about this crap.