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DC Madam Leaves Viewers Limp

ABC's much hyped 20/20 exclusive interview with "DC Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey was rumored to be chock full of names of powerful Washington area men, but as ABC's Brian Ross reports,

The phone numbers also track back to Georgetown mansions and prominent CEOs, officials at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and lobbyists both Republican and Democratic.

But as usually is the case in Washington, much of it is dull. There were no members of Congress that we could find in these phone records, no White House officials.

Quite frankly, but for the few exceptions, most of the men on this list just aren't newsworthy, not even as customers of the D.C. Madam's escort service.

You could see the disappointment on Ross's face when admitted that the four years of phone records of Palfrey's Pamela Martin and Associates that they reviewed were a giant dud.

Comments (19)

Lobbyists?I wonder... (Below threshold)
Rober the Original:


I wonder who lobbyists would hire girls for, Hmm?

There comes a time in the life of every lobbyist when legalized bribery must be set aside for a time, and the agent do his duty and stand up and say: "Yes sir, I hired that girl for myself".

Yo, Brian Ross - ummm, Pari... (Below threshold)

Yo, Brian Ross - ummm, Paris is going to jail... Shouldn't you be chasing that ambulance now, news boy?

I hate to say it but "I tol... (Below threshold)

I hate to say it but "I told you so". They found too many, or all, high power democrats on the list so now it is unimportant to Always Broadcasting Crap (ABC).

Must have found some of the... (Below threshold)

Must have found some of their own people on the list? lol.

The good news is that even though it was a yawner, everyone tuned into see if there would be a bombshell, thus they probably saw the John Stossell Myths special on right after Brian Ross and one of the big myths he debunked was how gun control helped save lives & lower crime. Oh yeah, and how ethanol does not help in the whole global warming BS.

Whoooo hooo!

What do we need TV Guide fo... (Below threshold)

What do we need TV Guide for when there's jo?

But seriously, have I missed The List? A little light Googling can make "nobodies" Somebodies. Today's politicians were yesterday's lobbyists (and vice versa). And PR firms have been comping call girls as a matter of course. Nip tomorrow's scandal in the bud today! (Could mean an election!)

And that pesky media-gov't ... (Below threshold)

And that pesky media-gov't revolving door/miscegenation thingee...

[nothing to see here! move along!]

What, no pictures?!?!? Keep... (Below threshold)

What, no pictures?!?!? Keep digging, Kevin -- keep digging!

Hey, I know. Why don't you offer a cash reward?

With all the hoopla that's ... (Below threshold)

With all the hoopla that's going on against Wolfowitz in the World Bank, shouldn't the names of the World Bank officials who are using "escort services" be made public? But wait, that's not newsworthy.

Don't look at me - I just p... (Below threshold)

Don't look at me - I just play the piano. Got no idea what goes on upstairs.

Now Brian Ross knows how Geraldo felt when he finally opened up Al Capone's safe.

Dang, promachus beat me to ... (Below threshold)

Dang, promachus beat me to it on the World Bank...


Yes, bryanD, I agree, but n... (Below threshold)

Yes, bryanD, I agree, but not for the reasons you [presumably] hope for.

Once upon a time, an investigative reporter or three would have done "a little light Googling" to follow the money - or in this case, the gratuities - to the politicians. Lobbyists and PR firms comping whores for politicians, IMHO, certainly *is* newsworthy.

World Bank officials? Newsworthy. You know, that little Wolfowitz "scandal" thingy.

Captains of industry (CEOs)? Newsworthy. Last I checked, prostitution is illegal in most locales (Nevada notwithstanding), and illegal behavior off-hours by the CEO should not be tolerated by the Board of any reputable company.

Lobbyists/PR firms providing "comped" whores to politicians? Newsworthy. Kinda puts "access" into a whole different light, ya think?

I haven't even scratched the surface of the potential of this thing. How many "clients" were connected to the DoD? Politicians carrying security clearances? CIA, FBI, NSA, etc., etc.? Timing of "comped" whores to politicians that had pending legislation sitting on their desks? The threads that this little book could have taken a reporter into could have rivaled Watergate in scope, or worse.

Oh, that's right. ABC is owned by Disney. Would have been a bit embarrassing if, say, someone in the Mouse's boardroom happened to be on that list...

You know, you libtards are ... (Below threshold)

You know, you libtards are just a bunch of whores. Your lust for either bringing down people you don't like or this country for that matter is disgusting.

Despite your claims, you don't really care for the troops, you'd rather use them as some political tool to gain more power. And just like this so-called "scandal", you don't wish to make anything better, you're just looking for embarrassing material on Republicans. For what? That's right, to gain back that power you assume you deserve.

I think the more and more people hear you now, since the hardcore nutjob left is charge of your party now, the more regular people and independents will be turned off with your vile message. Nobody likes to hear their country sucks everyday (and it doesn't btw, just in case you're wondering) and that's the basic theme you guys present.

Maybe if they went back bey... (Below threshold)

Maybe if they went back beyond the current administration, say eight-nine years, they would find plenty of people with a D after their name but that wouldn't fit with the agenda.
I personally know of two that frequently used these services for themselves or as a go between for others. Not bad guys but they used the services nonetheless. But then again, it's only sex.

Experience suggests that Co... (Below threshold)

Experience suggests that Congressmen and Senators don't require professionals. D.C. was more than sufficient numbers of political groupies who lust for men with power.

Wanderlust, nothing partisa... (Below threshold)

Wanderlust, nothing partisan from me.

wavemaker, a smart politician (or Charlie Sheen) use call girls because those girls make a good living being discreet. Not discreet, walk the street.

Politicians and potential advertisers were comped through PR firms when the PR (middleman)industry exploded, post WW2. Call girls furnished to out-of-town buyers helped to seal the Deal.

I suspect some of the Talent were eventually hired as shapely sales operatives directly by the PR/Lobbying firms themselves. Maybe eventually drifting into to government /congressional staff assignments. A part call-girl/lobbyist/CIA front is not unknown. John Dean's wife Mo, was one. It was her name in the black book kept at DNC HQ that led to the Watergate scandal.

O/T: Jay Tea, I've traced the term "Democrat Party" to the election season of 1951-52. Bob Taft insisted that it was "gramatically correct", and "not meant as a slight". [Manchester, Glory and the Dream]

I suspect the key phrase in... (Below threshold)
Bill M:

I suspect the key phrase in the whole thing was no White House officials. Without that, who cares?

I mean, if you can't directly attack the WhiteHouse, you ain't got nothin'. The tears in the MSM and the DNC must have been really flowing.

Wonkette.com intern implica... (Below threshold)

Wonkette.com intern implicated.

Woohoo! Finally, I beat som... (Below threshold)

Woohoo! Finally, I beat someone to something.

Still, I read at Hot Air that WSJ is digging for trash against the WB. Isn't this list a good palce to start? Somebody should send them a tip.

Think there might be some A... (Below threshold)
La Mano:

Think there might be some ABC employees in the files? How about other reporters or journalists?

If there is, would we EVER KNOW?

Not a friggin chance.






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