July 11th, 2007
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Hustler says it revealed senator's link to escort service

Sen. David Vitter apologized after his telephone number appeared among those linked to an escort service.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Larry Flynt's Hustler magazine claimed credit for exposing Sen. David Vitter's connection to the "D.C. Madam" Tuesday, saying Vitter confessed after a journalist reported finding the senator's number in the escort service's phone records.

"Larry Flynt's ongoing investigation into the dirty secrets of prominent elected officials has exposed another hypocrite," Hustler said.

Vitter, R-Louisiana, 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.

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  1. cliff, honolulu hi

    When will America get fed up with the double standard that the Republican party lives by. It is beyond my reasoning as to why they seem to like these kinds of BS artists such as Vitter. He says one thing then acts in complete reverse.

    July 11, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Harry, Oshkosh Wisconsin

    h...you say that like there will be no democrats on her list fool.

    July 11, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Craig, Denton, Tx

    I think the point is that Democrats don't go around preaching a bunch of family values bull like the Republicans do. It's extremely hypocritical to define for other people what moral behavior is and then to set a different standard for yourself. I have no problem with them going there, even if it is for prostitution, I only have a problem with people doing it who tell others not to.

    July 11, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Tom Dedham, Mass

    If he was preaching family values and doing this type of junk, yep, he alone is a hypocrite.

    Did any of the Kennedy's or Clinton ever use the term or something similar?

    How about that Mayor who was hooking up with that reporter, he was a Democrat right? That story was barely a blip on the medias radar though.

    All are wrong, no matter the party.

    July 11, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Eric Roberts, Naperville, IL

    You are right Tom...they are all wrong. But as Craig pointed out, democrats don't go around preaching about family values or how gay marriage threatens marriage or abstinance as the best method of AIDS prevention and Birth Control.

    Republicans are the ones doing that and then they turn around and are having the same affairs and other dalliances that they freely preach against. Bush's abstinence Czar was caught with his hand in the cookie jar. They should put his picture in the dictionary ight next to the word "hypocrite". There is Newt Gingrich who abandoned his wife while she was dying of cancer (such a good Chrsitian) and had another affair...while he was pressing for the impeachment of Bill Clinton (all I could say was wow when I read that confession), Robert Livingstone, Henry Hyde, etc...just to name a few.

    If you are going to preach about something or take a stand on soemthing...especially moral issues, you had better make sure there are no skeletons in your closet. They need a lesson in putting thier money where thier mouth is.

    It's not just the politicians. It seems that fundamentalist Christianity is rife with hypocrites...the Bakkers, Jimmy Swaggart, I forget the guys name...the preacher from Colorado who headed he anti-gay marrige group that turned out to be having an affair with a gay prostitute and doing meth. Either practice what you preach or keep your trap shut and let people live thier lives as they want to.

    Gay marriage, polyamory, swinging, or whatever is not the threat to marriage...it's ignorant hypocritical jerks that preach about the evils of adultery while they are bonking thier mistresses/gay lovers. Whatever happened to the republican party standing for morals, honor, and honesty? Or was that always just the GOP blowing smoke up our collective behinds?

    July 11, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    It seems the outrage is only when a politician promotes "conservative family values". If the politician simply says "live and let live" – then who cares if he's bonking other women, cheating on his wife, and basically morally bankrupt.

    I see... the PROBLEM is that even those that profess higher moral values are in-fact human and make mistakes too. Wow – NOW I get it.

    Hey – wasn't it President Clinton who routinely seen coming out of church with a Bible in one hand and Hillary on the other side? Does that qualify for your definition of "hypocrisy" or is it ONLY if you're a republican that the label applies?

    July 11, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Adam, Charlotte NC

    I guess my original comment didnt get posted because it bashed democrats. Imagine that.

    July 11, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Quit trying to lump everyone together Tom. Classic right-wing tactic, when a member of your part does something incredibly stupid, try and spread the blame across party lines. The mayor who hooked up with a reporter cheated on his wife which was wrong, but it wasn't illegal (like, say, soliciting a PROSTITUTE). Kennedy and Clinton had affairs which is wrong, but did they pick up hookers? A big glaring difference that I think you are missing altogher is that none of the Democrats ran as salt-of-the-earth, traditional values, strong defenders of morals and marriage like Vitter. I could care less about him sleeping with a prostitute (even if it is against the law) or cheating on his wife, but if this man wants to prop up his entire campaign on moral values, well then the hypocrisy is just a little brazen. Even for a Republican (which is saying quite a bit).

    July 11, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. May, Washington, DC

    Republicans as a whole are hypocritical, preachy, intolerant and generally oblivious to anyone else's needs except their own. Unfortunate, really. I can't wait to get the idiot out of the White House and get some wonderful Democrats in there!

    July 11, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Concerned Christian, Easton, MD

    Let's top calling everyone else hypocrites. We're all hypocrites, after all – whether it's Republicans who spout family values while cheating on their spouses (of course, not all of them do anyway), or Democrats who tell us we must worry about global warming and air pollution while they ride to concerts in limos or private jets (some took public transportation). We're all sinners in God's eyes; this is why He sent his only begotten Son – to die for our sins!!
    We all must repent!
    One final comment: How about some constructive dialog for a change?

    July 11, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    May in Washington DC,

    Wow, what a "tolerant" view you have there. Hmmm what is it called when someone insults an entire group of people because they are different? BIGOTRY...that's it!

    And you'll be happy to know... it's not illegal to be a bigot either in this country so you're safe.

    July 11, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Colin, Milwaukee WI

    Harry in Oshkosh,

    If there were any Democrats (or any other Republicans) on her list, I'm sure they would've been outed by now. This madam's list has been available since Sunday and I'm sure all major news organizations have scanned her volumous list by now.

    Everyone is a hypocrite...shame on you Mr. Vitter to bring up legislation to define marriage between a man and a woman when you don't even value your own marriage enough to be faithful.

    July 11, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Tom, Los Angeles, CA

    Searching for "constructive" in the biblical Word of God, sorry...

    July 11, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Chris, Marana, Arizona

    Yes but David Vitter is the hypocrite OF THE DAY.

    I find it interesting that whenever you criticize a representative or member of any faction, the other side merely points out that the opposing side also has people who do wrong things as well.

    Only in internet debate does something become somehow okay or less wrong because the other side does it.

    Conservatives: Do you know that you lose complete credibility by whining like babies about Bill Clinton in 2007? 30 years from now, conservatives will be responding to attacks by saying, "Yeah? Well! WELL BILL CLINTON WAS A BIG POOPYHEAD." You sound like a bunch of adolescents still sore at the jocks or something. Seriously, it makes you look pathetic, and you're supposed to be manly, gun-toting flag waving types. Be that, please, rather than the nebbishy whiners who still trot out Clinton every five minutes.

    Quit living in the past and whining like a bunch of babies because your political party has outdone everything that came before it in terms of sleaze, increasing the size and intrusiveness of government, graft, and corruption. You should be in mourning wondering what the hell went wrong rather than saying, "YEAH WELL DEMOCRATS SIN TOO." Fix the party that is supposed to represent conservatism. Get off the net and get involved in the Republican Party and bring some integrity back to it, because it has absolutely none, now, and it's dragging real conservatism down with it. If Barry Goldwater were alive, he'd be kicking all of your butts.

    Liberals: As someone else pointed out, Democrats can hardly be pointed out as examples of virtue. Just like the conservatives, they tell their constituents what they want to hear – while Republicans pretend to be god-fearing Christians, and instead are mammon-worshipping prostitute patronizers, Democrats claim to understand or somehow represent the working class, while sucking up to any corporation who can get an audience – polluting, exploitive corporations.

    By all means, let us gloat that this odious hypocrite's comeuppance, but in the long term, it really isn't funny. Nor is it, as someone said, a "mistake." It is representative of the decadence, corruption, hypocrisy, and lies of our government, and we, as citizens, had better stand up and demand better from our leaders.

    July 11, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Tom Dedham. Mass

    I'll write it slower this time Pixie so you can read it:

    "If he was preaching family values and doing this type of junk, yep, he ALONE is a hypocrite".

    I also wrote "All are wrong, no matter the party".

    Do you disagree with that or is it ok for Democrats to cheat on their wives as long as it is not with a prostitute?

    July 11, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |