Lefty blogs are all over the story involving a gay escort who it was reported had a sexual relationship with Trent Lott and that this was the real reason he was resigning.
The only problem is, the story is categorically false. This from the escort in question:
It looks like a Washington DC-based blog called BigHeadDC is making claim that there was (or, is) a working relationship between myself and Senator Trent Lott. There are falsely pieced-together quotes that serve no purpose other than to sensationalize a completely fabricated scoop.
I will continue to offer a great sense of confidentiality to the people I see. I have not, nor have I ever seen or had contact with Senator Trent Lott. It’s as simple as that. It never happened.
Not surprisingly, wherever there is even a hint of a “sex in Congress” story, out from under the nearest rock crawls Larry Flynt to put his two cents in:
HUSTLER Magazine has received numerous inquiries regarding the involvement of Larry Flynt and HUSTLER in the resignation of Trent Lott. Senator Lott has been the target of an ongoing HUSTLER investigation for some time now, due to confidential information that we have received.
Please note that Flynt does not say he has one scintilla of evidence against Lott – only that he the “target” of an ongoing “investigation.” He confirms nothing of this idiot’s story, despite the blogger’s claims to the contrary.
For Flynt, this is beautiful. He gets to comment on a completely spurious story appearing in some no-name blog and in the process, smear a political enemy without offering one iota of evidence that what appeared on the blog was true.
My liberal friends: This is your First Amendment Champion. Proud of him?
A couple of lefty blogs went with the story – then had to go through a retraction. No problem there since we’ve all had to do that. Of course, the caveats and snide asides probably weren’t necessary:
With the past credibility problem of the Trent Lott blogger today, and now the outright blanket denial from the sole source, the same logic applies. I’m just not convinced. I’d love to be convinced, believe me. And trust me, there have been rumors for years about Trent Lott. But until I hear more, you’re not going to read about those rumors here.
Except, we just did read about those scurrilous rumors at your site, John – not that this is anything new. Getting in the gutter to slime people and out them against their will is your M.O. Why should we be surprised?
Wide stance? Apparently thereâ€™s a good reason why he and Larry Craig are looking so longingly at those microphones. (Keep trying; siteâ€™s having trouble handling all the traffic.) The male escort named in the post is denying the whole thing here and here – just keep in mind heâ€™s gone on the record saying he would never out a client, so who knows?
Just keep in mind that the male escort has “gone on record” saying no such thing. He referred vaguely to “confidentiality” for clients. And If Larry Flynt’s million dollar offer can’t entice the escort to make an exception to that rule, it is difficult to imagine the gossip is anything more than a clumsy attempt to smear Lott.
What We Know…
There is no proof Larry Flint has photos of Trent Lott blowing goats behind a Klan rally as a young man.
That is wild speculation.
I also have absolutely no evidence they were black goats.
They don’t even bother with a retraction.
Big Head DC has also received word that Hustler will soon provide more details on why Lott resigned â€” much more to come. Itâ€™s unknown at this point when Flynt will write the $1 million check to Big Head DC.
Funny that Big Head DC has “received word” about Hustler planning to augment this story. Could it be that the blogger is a cats paw for Larry Flynt?
Flynt is no dummy – especially when it comes to libel laws. It is possible that since there is little or no real evidence connecting the gay escort to Lott – perhaps some cloakroom scuttlebutt picked up by a staffer – that Flynt saw a perfect opportunity to get the smear out in the open by leaking it to some eager beaver blogger whose journalistic standards make Weekly World News look like a paragon of reporting virtue.
And now that the smear is out in the open and has received widespread play on blogs, Flynt can write about anything he has on Lott. As long as it’s related to the escort story, he can simply claim he’s commenting on a story already in the public domain.
Any way this came about, it is despicable. Lott’s no paragon of virtue himself but if you’re going to smear someone’s personal life, at least have the common decency to get your facts right.