Hustler (!!) at the Heart of the Vitter Sex Scandal

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If this story keeps getting more entertaining, we may blog nothing else. Turns out, Hustler was the news organization (“news organization”) that discovered Senator Vitter’s presence on the DC Madam’s phone list. They called Vitter for comment, and Vitter, realizing the game was up, ran to the AP with the admission, so as to preempt the Hustler story. Larry Flint, grand don of all things Hustler, is on an ongoing campaign to expose the hidden sexual misdeeds of the powerful, so there may be more of this glorious nonsense coming down the pipe.

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