Tim Rutten at LA Times on Jerry Brown – Comparing Meg Whitman’s campaign to the work of the Nazi propagandist was not just careless rhetoric but an affront to historical memory

Doug Sovern, the Bay Area radio reporter who made a story of the remark, told the Associated Press that he was out riding his bike when he encountered Brown jogging through Oakland. They paused to chat, and Brown criticized the volume and tone of the political ads with which Whitman – the billionaire former EBay CEO – papered the airwaves. “By the time she’s done with me,” Brown said, “I’ll be a child molester. She’ll have people believing whatever she wants about me. It’s like Goebbels. Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda.”

Brown, Sovern said, was “a public figure in a public place. He knew I was a reporter and didn’t ask for it to be off the record.”

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