Skip to comments.Madam Story Keeps Mum on Clientele '20/20'Declines to Identify Those Not Already Known
Posted on 05/04/2007 9:25:12 PM PDT by Cinnamon
During several weeks of calls to possible clients of the woman dubbed the D.C. Madam, Brian Ross of ABC confirmed that some fairly important people had used her escort service. But when he put together last night's segment for "20/20," the network's chief investigative reporter decided against outing anyone beyond the two people who already had been identified. "They just weren't newsworthy enough," ABC's Brian Ross said of the names. (By Donna Svennevik -- Abc)
"Their names won't mean anything to our audience," Ross said in an interview. "They just weren't newsworthy enough." Instead, he said, "what we really wanted to do is demonstrate the range of official Washington" involved with the escort service. Their positions, as described by Ross, made them important, at least by the capital's standards: A federal prosecutor, who recently died. A handful of military officers, including the head of an Air Force intelligence squadron. A senior official at the World Bank and other officials at
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one name springs to mind. funny how MSM is protective of this info yet when Abu Graib happened they were championing the disclosure of every person involved, names, ranks, the people had a right to know!! in this instance they decide it won't matter whether the remaining names are disclosed...
World Bank and IMF, huh?
ROFL! I should have known.
Cut and run.
ABC choked big time. Couldn’t take the heat.
You just know that the MSM is not going to out the Dims on that list.
That may be true, but it means a LOT in D.C. I think ABC was afraid of Arkancide. But I will ask what someone else asked:
WHAT GOOD IS A FREE PRESS IF IT'S A FAKE PRESS???
Let me guess: The three journalists are Paul Begala, James Carville and George Stephanopoulos!
I’m just glad my name didn’t show. What a relief!
I’m still feeling jilted at the Anna Nicole DNA test. I thought I was a shoe-in (no pun intended) with that case!
Yep here too!
You know if it had been Republicans on the list, they would have wet themselves getting that information out to the public, regardless of how important or not those people might be. :-)
Looks like ABC got punked by the madam, LOL!
Nothing would surprise. I wonder what Bill O’Reilly is thinking now. Ross was on his show, and I could swear that he was telling O’Reilly that there would be some startling revelations. I hope O’Reilly lets him have it on Monday.
And trust me on this: Bill O’Reilly got punked by Brian Ross!
Love him or hate him, but BOR had Ross on yesterday and kept him honest. BOR concluded the interview with something to the effect of...” Ross, I hope ABC plays this one fair and balanced” Ross had a sheepish worried look on his face.
Maybe ABC blinked
Perhaps - though, I think, they behaved responsibly, if probably for the wrong reason (to cover up for Democrats).
Publishing that would have been tabloid-trash journalism at its absolute worst. There’s no news story here.
Frankly, in a world where we celebrate homosexuality on the streets, I’m just glad to know that there are still some straight Democrats out there.
Or got Donked ...
No maybe about it. They are covering demmie behinds.
They are sorting out the Republicans, and need more time.
What if the only Republican on the list is Mark Foley???
Taking bets now on how long before the list shows up on the internet!
I bet 500 quatloos it is less than a week before names are leaked out...
Oh no you don't! I was the one... dammit! That other guy had the test rigged. I know it!
Dick Morris is more likely.
It’s not a list of names - it’s a list of phone numbers.
ABC showed the white feather.
Can't see any other explanation, weren't they just on O'Reilly touting the exposures they were about to make? And of course an obscure Bush administration guy was outed.
Cover for the Dems and blackmail for the GOP?
something is really suspicious here - why not just release the names and let the public decide whether or not it is newsworthy?
I agree with this “madame”...if she is going to do time, then the guys need to pay a penalty as well.
I’ve never understood why the prostitutes get dragged off to jail while the men get to skulk away.
This explanation is patently absurd. It's actually hilarious! This story is good for a few chuckles.
So it seems her circle of clients was largely the international aid crowd, overpaid mostly Euro lefties enjoying their post-Christian lifestyle. ABC is right, nothing surprising there.
This just means that the list contains the names of liberals, perhaps including some liberal journalists.
Maybe we should send G. Gordon Liddy to retrieve the list of johns....wait, we tried that once.
Oh, I have no doubts that ABC can cross-reference any phone number and put a name to it! They might even have a mole in the NSA for all we know. ;-)
They’re hiding something. No doubt in my mind.
But, really, do senior politicians have any need of escorts? I’d think they’d have women willing to whore themselves out for free.
My guess is that they got a list of second and third-rank bureaucrats who no one has ever heard of before (I mean - given that the outed the Bush guy, it’s reasonable to conclude that he was probably the highest-ranking Republican they found), and suddenly ran aground, ethically.
Frankly, I just don’t think that there’s much of a point in playing in these waters, even if there are numerically more Democrats on the list - since, as the Foley scandal made clear, Republicans and Democrats are held to different stanards by the media.
The first thing I thought when I watched that was, “I wonder if Bill’s name is on the list?”. But now, I’m thinking that all the Republicans have been outed and only Democrats are left on the list.
“...and George Stephanopoulos!”
Madame had a flock of boys for rent, too?
There’s alot of speculation about what Democrats are on the list. But what about ABC employees? That wouldn’t be “newsworthy” though.
Think about Hillary and Billary — two young blonde babes, have one turn left at the top of the stairs, the other turn right.
Maybe someone who “never inhaled”?
You raise a good point. If there were ANY substantial Republicans on the list, these would have been disclosed imediately. So far, all they got was a low level State dept hack. Probably more than a few prominent Democrats there.
Strangely, the list only included janitors and professional Mimes. Who would have thunk it?
Pfffft. I’ve actually been to Nassua, about the same time.
I have motive....50 million of them.
Opportunity....I was in Nassua in 2005.
Plus, I um er ah, loved her, or something to that effect, that’s not really important.
All you have is a dream!
Let's look at what ABC and Howie Kurtz are telling us.
First, that ABC was able to identify about 1,000 people on her list.
The underlings at ABC undoubtedly identified the 20-30 names they thought would be most embarrasing to conservatives and gave those names to Ross for him personally to call.
The following was probably their best hope for finding a "family values" conservative hypocrite to put on the air:
"One guy swore to me up and down it couldn't have been him, he loves his wife," Ross said. The man, a well-known member of a conservative think tank, was right: Palfrey, Ross said, had repeatedly misdialed his number by confusing the 202 and 301 area codes.
But they came up empty with that one! The other 20-30 must have been real duds.
So all they really had was that poor Deputy Secretary of State whose job was to deal with the international aid crowd which is probably how he got caught up in this.
Their last gasp I would guess was to go after military officers, who after all often turn out to be conservative. But out of 1,000 clients they identified, there was only a "handful" of military officers (although that was enough for ABC to single them out as a group), and it seems only one poor Lt. Cdr. worth targeting, and ABC backed down on that.
So it's just a bunch of international aid bureaucrats and lobbyists. Gee, I wonder if ABC feels dirty and disgusting after their "encounter" with Ms. Palfrey?
Well lookie here! Nothing to see here at all!
Yup. I bet the list has one Democrat bigfoot after another after another.
Ted Kennedy is probably the first name on it, while (for the most part) our guys are "dry, sober, and home with their wives."
I guess that leaves out Oprah Winfrey and Paris Hilton.
I was shocked by the gun control segment on this same 20-20 show. They actually took the position that gun control does not work. Amazing!