July 11th, 2007
10:16 PM ET
9 years ago

Flynt says he is motivated by hypocrisy

Larry Flynt said Wednesday he doesn’t want Vitter, above, “legislating for me.”

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hustler publisher Larry Flynt took credit Wednesday for exposing Sen. David Vitter as a client of a D.C. prostitute, saying he did so to uncover the Louisiana Republican’s hypocrisy.

“I very seldom get a chance to get a big one, and sometimes I have to go bottom feeding,” Flynt said at a late afternoon news conference. “We have a criteria, and that is if someone is living a life contrary to the way they are advocating - their personal life - than they become fair game.”

Vitter admitted Monday that his telephone number turned up in the phone records of an escort service run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, though he did not say he had sex with a prostitute. The records date from before he won his Senate seat in 2004.

On Tuesday, Hustler magazine claimed credit for exposing Vitter's connection to the "D.C. Madam,” saying he confessed after a journalist reported finding the senator's number in the escort service's phone records.

In Wednesday’s press conference, Flynt said, “I don’t want a man like that legislating for me, especially in the areas of morality.”

Vitter heavily campaigned on social values in his 2004 Senate race and was one of the top backers of a failed constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage.

The Louisiana Republican issued a statement Monday night calling his contact with Palfrey a “very serious sin,” but has since not been seen in public.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: D.C. Madam • David Vitter
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Richard, Austin, Texas

    President Kennedy had affairs and sexual affairs, he was a great president. President Clinton had affairs and lied to congress, he was even impeached. Many think he was a good president. I do not think a great senator, Senator Vitter, should be judged or impeded in serving the voters that elected him any more than Kennedy was judged or impeded for his transgressions. The losers in making this more than it is, although wrong, could very well be the Louisiana voters and the American people..

    July 11, 2007 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Dave Chicago,Il

    Finally we have a great American- Larry Flynt – Go Larry !!

    July 11, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. tonyd grapevine,texas

    Okay Louisana, have you noticed that the Senator hasn't resigned over this shameful act, so do your duty. Vote him OUT

    July 11, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. Sam Hensel

    I'm not one to like Larry Flynt very much, but I can't help but give him props for exposing Vitter. I wonder what other clowns we'll see on Palfrey's list. Rick Santorum, maybe? Newt Gingrich? Ted Haggard, Pat Robertson, John Ashcroft?

    July 11, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. Jonathan, South Pasadena, CA

    At least Larry Flynt is helping hold politicians to their words. Obviously, politicians can't be trusted to govern themselves. Maybe some of them will think twice about saying something yet doing something else – I doubt it, but it's better than nothing. Go Larry!!!

    July 11, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. Jorge, Los Angeles

    More and more I realize that "the illegals" are not really the immigrants working in the fields of California, the ones working in factories, restaurants, and other low-paying, decent jobs... but the true "illegals" are people like Mr. Vitter who swears to uphold the laws of the land and defend the Constitution. If Mr. Vitter is found to have solicited prostitution, it would make him an "illegal" person. And if someone deserves the label "illegals" it would be people like him who betrayed not only his family, his constituents, his country, but violated the laws of morality. Thank you Mr. Flint for opening our eyes and for exposing this "illegal", Mr. Vitter.

    July 11, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  7. Ann deltona florida


    July 12, 2007 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  8. Xavier, Allentown, PA

    Larry Flint is amazing. Anybody sticking up for Vitter's "sins" obviously has something to hide themselves.

    July 12, 2007 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  9. Erin, Denver, CO

    The thing these Republican Moral Mongers don't get is that everyone can accept mistakes and everyone has their deviance. Any grown adult gets that unless they are part of the Republican "Right" that want you to do as they say and not as they do.
    I can't stand them and I'm totally happy he got busted.

    July 12, 2007 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  10. No Hypocrites and Idiots Need Apply Columbus, Ohio

    THIS is why I dislike CNN..."his contact with Palfrey" Is she the Madame or is she the "girl?" But what can I expect from a source that lied the country into war.

    I hope Flynt outs each and every one of those nasty hypocrites. Cry about "ruining their lives" blah, blah How about not following the little head to the Madames gals if you claim to have those kind of morals preaching from your soapbox in Sunday school.

    Larry never claimed he was an angel...which is certainly more honest than republicans squawking over this.

    These idiots place national security at risk, by making themselves blackmail targets!

    July 12, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  11. John, Kenner, Louisiana

    Those who cast stones sometimes get them thrown back at themselves!
    I live in Louisiana, and thank Larry for "outing" I did'er Vitter!

    July 12, 2007 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  12. Derrick, Hagerstown MD

    While it seriously bothers me that prostitution is even a crime, I agree that hypocrisy should be exposed.

    July 12, 2007 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  13. ZReal, Baltimore MD

    Sad story !

    But it begs the question. How can you prosecute the DC Madam and not the Senator?

    Maybe it is time to admit to human nature and de-criminalize prositution.

    Instead of wasting all the money prosecuting it the government can make money licensing and taxing it. The customers and the sex workers would both be better off.

    July 12, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  14. george barnhill crestline,ca

    way to go Larry Flint keep up the good work...........lets get rid of all the trash in washington. Can't waite till Miss Fliss gets her place going in Nevada then we will really start to clean house.................

    July 12, 2007 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  15. Tired ofHypocrites

    Free Speech, Are you for real? Using Jesus as an excuse to judge someone else? Hahahaha yet another Christian Hypocrite lashing out about one of their own being caught.... I cant wait till your cult is brought out for what it really is. And yes I was one for 17 blindly stupid years. (And BTW what Larry did is called "Free Speech")

    July 12, 2007 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  16. kellamd, chicago, il

    I'm starting to believe the best thing for America is to pass the Republican agenda. Let's eliminate reproductive freedoms for women. Just think how much money some woman could have taken Senator Vitter to the cleaners for. Maybe we need to give Republicans a $2000/month 18-year reminder of the importance of freedom in America.

    July 12, 2007 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  17. Glenn,B'ham,Al

    I wouldn't vote for the senator. But I will say this, it seems that regardless of his own values, he did vote as his supporters wanted him to. Senators are supposed to vote there supporters wishes not there own feelings & beliefs. I don't elect them to go represent themselves. Example "I drink beer, but vote against it's sell every time it comes up" Reason "Just because I do it doesn't make it the best way"

    July 12, 2007 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  18. Diane

    Larry Flynt is awesome. I love this guy ... Read his autobiography...then you'll know why he can't tolerate hypocrites like this moron.

    July 12, 2007 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  19. Barbara, Columbia MD

    While I may not believe in Larry Flint's lifestyle, it's his to live. I do love the fact that he's at least disgusted with the hypocrisy that this "holier-than-thou" politicians display.

    Good for you Larry! Can you please dig up some serious dirt on Dubya, Cheney et al, so we can get RID of them before 2008!?!? Although, even if there was serious dirt on those guys, they'd never leave. They're above the law, remember?

    July 12, 2007 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  20. Cellenin Broomfield, NY ,New York

    I am quite sure it wont be, "Go larry". When a Democrat gets bagged in this little Hunt.
    If ever a word more suitable than "pathetic", comes along to describe Dems and the equally repugnant Liberals, I hope to witness it.

    July 12, 2007 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  21. Lilly, Dallas, Texas

    You gotta love Larry Flynt, whatever your opinion about his business may be, simply because he is truthful about who he is and what he does and stands for. Personally, I like the idea that he is planning to expose some of the hypocrisy among the holier-than-thous within our government. There is so much at stake with this election. No question it will be a circus. Knowing Larry will be mixing things up will certainly make it a bit more entertaining.

    July 12, 2007 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  22. Mary, Beaver, PA

    Thanks Larry. I'm tired of the stink of these hypocrites.

    July 12, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  23. Anne Onymous, Kalamazoo, Michigan

    Larry Flynt, a great American? Yeah. Right. The senator made a stupid mistake. He should answer for it, and remember that you can't hold the moral high ground if you aren't standing on it. But raising Larry Flynt up because he brought someone else down to his level would be the wrong move.

    July 12, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  24. Don Fitzgerald, Chicago, Illinois

    Hey, FS, I bet you were saying the same thing all through the Clinton impeachment!! Hey, sure! Go take your double standards and see if you can help the fundementalist community find a way out of this duplicity. It happens too frequently for it to be just a coincidence. There seems to be a flaw in the fundementalis's agenda. I think the flaw lies in the fact they rarely practice what they preach. I really hope they will start soon. America can't take much more of this hypocrisy!!!

    July 12, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  25. Kim, Portland, OR

    I've always thought Larry was an unpleasant individual, but he doesn't pretend to be someone he's not and I respect that. Sen. Vitter on the other hand speaks about family values while cheating on this wife with an escort. Not cool in my book.

    And not to be picky, but "— than they become fair game.” should be "-THEN they become fair game."

    July 12, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
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