LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Larry Flynt’s eyeing up more targets than just David Vitter.
ABC reports that Monday night’s televised mea culpa of Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana, all started with a full-page $106,000 ad in the Washington Post last month — offering a $1 million bounty to anyone who could document “a sexual encounter” with a high ranking government official or member of Congress.
The ad was paid for — and the bounty promised by — the notorious Larry Flynt, a hardcore pornographer, proud Democrat, and First Amendment activist.
“That’s what levels the playing field between the big media and between myself is the checkbook journalism,” Flynt told ABC News. “And I see nothing wrong with it because what makes a story bad if you pay for it? You know? If it checks out and its good then there is nothing wrong with it,” said Flynt.
An investigator paid by Flynt found the phone number of a conservative Republican U.S. senator among the records belonging to Deborah Jean Palfrey, the so-called D.C. Madam currently being prosecuted for allegedly running a prostitution ring. A Hustler staffer called the senator about the discovery on July 9, and just two hours later, Louisiana Sen. David Vitter pre-emptively issued a press release. Vitter called a press conference a week later, on this Monday evening, right before the evening news.