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Vitter, Spelled V-I-C-T-I-M

Posted by MEC on July 10, 2007

Time Magazine has the spin for the revelation that Senator David Vitter used Debra Jean Palfrey’s escort service. The headline says it all:

Did Senator Vitter Get Hustled?

Members of a team assembled by self-described pornographer Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler, are understood to have identified Vitter’s name through their own analysis of Palfrey’s phone records. Flynt has a long record of exposing what he regards as “hypocrisy” on the part of politicians who tout family or religious values, while falling short in their own lives. Flynt recently placed a full page adverstisement in the Washington Post, asking, “Have you had a sexual encounter with a current member of the United States Congress or a high-ranking government official?” It went on to offer $1 million for documented evidence, and listed a toll-free number and an email address.

Could Palfrey and Flynt be working together? One of Flynt’s lead investigators, crime reporter Dan E. Moldea, was recently reported by the Washington Post to be having lunch with Palfrey. TIME has confirmed that he is helping her write a book currently being shopped to New York publishers which details her exploits as the “DC Madam”.

See, it wasn’t his fault! He was tricked! [No pun intended.] Trapped! Set up! Shame, shame on Larry Flynt for violating David Vitter’s privacy like that, and shame on Debra Jean Palfrey for providing a temptation Senator Vitter couldn’t resist. It’s all their fault.

How neatly these paragraphs distract from the unavoidable truth that Larry Flynt did not cause David Vitter to make those damning phone calls. But to othe Vichy media, it is not wrong for a Republican to commit a crime: it is wrong to reveal that a Republican committed a crime.

7 Responses to “Vitter, Spelled V-I-C-T-I-M”

  1. whig said

    Well, yes. Republicans are fallible, but to point out their failings is to diminish their aspirations. Or something like that.

  2. whig said

    Consider the alternative, purveyors of filth setting the standards for society? Larry Flynt as moral paragon?

    Oh, I’m getting into the swing of this argument, but I must go… perhaps it will be fun to see where you take it…

  3. Larry Flynt’s a damned sight more moral than, say, Newt Gingrich. Or Trent “Council of Conservative Citizens” Lott.

  4. MEC said

    Larry Flynt’s not setting any moral standards, except to assert that hypocrisy isn’t morality. And he’s right about that.

  5. Indeed. If we only decided to get our news from “moral” sources, we’d have no news at all.

    And morality is notoriously subjective. Hell, there are a lot of people who think, for example, that pot smokers are amoral, brain-damaged, impotent monomaniacs. And we all know how wrong that is, right?

  6. whig said

    Nobody should be allowed to enforce a code they cannot amd do not themselves observe.

  7. whig said

    And furthermore, Larry Flynt isn’t running for anything, as a citizen he has the same right to impeach as anyone.

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