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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

What's up with Watergategate?

You'd think a prostitution scandal at the CIA would get some attention. Gary Condit and Chandra Levy were front-page news for weeks; Bill and Monica were news for months. And, unlike adultery, prostitution and government contract fraud are actually illegal. So why has this story rated at most one or two sentences buried deep in the articles about Goss and Hayden? Molly Ivins wants to know:
I don't care what anyone smoked 20 years ago, I approve of those who boogie till they puke, and I don't care who anyone in politics is screwing in private, as long as they’re not screwing the public.

On other hand, if you expect me to pass up a scandal involving poker, hookers, and the Watergate building with crooked defense contractors and the No. 3 guy at the CIA, named Dusty Foggo (Dusty Foggo?! Be still my heart), you expect too much. Any journalist who claims Hookergate is not a legitimate scandal is dead--has been for some time and needs to be unplugged. In addition to sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, Hookergate is rife with public-interest questions, misfeasance, malfeasance and non-feasance, and many splendid moral points for the children.
Maybe it's just that the media, like me, is just too classy to stoop to reporting on such a sleazy topic.

When did that happen?