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Former Hustler Editor Says He Tricked Bob Livingston

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In his new tell-all book, Prisoner of X, former Hustler editor Allan MacDonell tells the story of how he claims to have bluffed House Speaker-elect Bob Livingston into believing Hustler had something about an extra-marital affair. From New York Post Online Edition (free registration required):

The hoax stemmed from a notorious publicity stunt that smut-raker-turned-political-muckraker Flynt pulled when he took out a Washington Post ad in which he offered $1 million or more to anyone who could provide evidence of "sexual indiscretions" by top Republican officials in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky affair.

In 1998, Livingston, a Louisiana Republican and avid proponent of impeaching Clinton, got snared in the Hustler hoax. "We actually had nothing on Livingston," MacDonell tells Page Six. He explains, "an elected Republican office holder from Louisiana passed us the phone number of a woman who was supposedly Livingston's girlfriend. But when we phoned her, she cursed us and hung up.

"About a day later," MacDonell says, "a reporter from Roll Call [the Capitol Hill newspaper] called and said he'd heard that we were working up something on Livingston. I thought: What would Larry do? Then I said, 'I cannot discuss any names or other details at this time.' The reporter replied: 'I'm running with it.' "

MacDonell, 50, says that after a news-show interview the next day - in which he claimed that Hustler was investigating Livingston's sex life - "within 24 hours, the Speaker-elect quit Congress." Chuckles MacDonell - who was fired for cutting remarks he once made about thin-skinned Flynt during a celebrity roast - "Clinton should have put me on his Christmas-card list for life."

This teaches us two important lessons:

1. Don't cheat on your spouse if you're an elected official.
2. If you are going to cheat on your spouse as an elected official, be a Democrat.

Say, I wonder whatever happened with that White House sex scandal? Anybody hear anything more on that woman, Monica Lewinsky?


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Comments (7)

If he quit that easily, he ... (Below threshold)
cubanbob:

If he quit that easily, he had plenty of dirt on him. All the same, had Clinton been impeached and convicted, there would have been an almost certainty that Gore would have been President on 9/11. It'[s just as well that the Republicans in the Senate folded like a cheap suit and let Clinton skate. In all honesty at the time I could not stand Clinton, Gore even less, but I did not think a few bj's were worth removing him from office. In retrospect I still think it was worth letting the bastard finish out his term, but he should have prosecuted for perjury after he left office.

Imagine how different histo... (Below threshold)
Omni:

Imagine how different history might have been if the press didn't cover up for presidential indiscretions in Kennedy's day...

What happened to Bubba's eg... (Below threshold)
Tim:

What happened to Bubba's ego was far worse than getting kicked out of office. Think about it. The leader of the world's biggest economic and military superpower, and all he could get was Monica? And what's worse is ... He got caught because he couldn't even talk her into swallowing !!! I wonder how many times he answered the phone and heard laughing from another countrie's leader.

Clinton's whole scandal cou... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Clinton's whole scandal could have been avoided if he had come out on day 1 and just said "I am a middle aged man who had a fling with a 20-something and I banged her like a cheap drum and I'm sorry if it hurt anyone." You would have had about a week of the holier than thous ranting and then whole thing would have blown over.

But the fact he would put so much effort into lying to the public and in court to the point of being disbarred over something so simple as a bj just made you think the man was willing to lie even worse about far more serious things.

But the fact he would pu... (Below threshold)

But the fact he would put so much effort into lying to the public and in court to the point of being disbarred over something so simple as a bj just made you think the man was willing to lie even worse about far more serious things.

I think Bill and Hillary Clinton both have a desperate desire to be viewed by others as good people, as virtuous people, moreso than most politicians. So they will fight tooth and nail against anything, however trivial, that just might possibly put them in a bad light. This explains Slick Willie's ceaseless lying about the l'affaire Monica (and if it hadn't been for DNA testing, he'd still be lying about it even today) even to the point of lying under oath. It also explains the relentless, frantic, often personal attacks on his accusers and critics by Clinton hatchetmen such as Paul Begala and James Carville -- anybody that would even remotely suggest that the Clintons were not 100% upstanding citizens had to be discredited and destroyed.

Clinton should have been i... (Below threshold)
KAMIKAZI:

Clinton should have been impeached for trading missile technology to china for starters, i dont fault him at all for Monica,He obviously was,nt getting it at home.

What happened to Lewinsky a... (Below threshold)
Robert:

What happened to Lewinsky and that WH sex scandal?

She's hanging with Gannon.




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