The rumor mill continues to heat-up drive-time talk radio as inside the Beltway bloggers whisper about the Los Angeles Times sitting on an article, already written, edited and ready to drop that purports to expose the salacious details the sexual preferences of a presidential front runner. The players include a current U.S. Senator, Larry Flynt and his $1,000,000 offer for details of the sex life of a Congressperson with an antigay voting record.
The rumor claims the LA Times article “outs” Hillary Clinton as a lesbian, which will have a negative impact her candidacy. She will be replaced by an Al Gore-Michael Bloomberg ticket. A bipartisan ticket: Gore, a democrat and Bloomberg, a Republican, is seen as a brilliant calculation and unstoppable in 2008.
But if the rumor is true, what would make the Los Angeles Times sitting on the story? One theory is basic journalistic ethics is figuring heavily on the timing of such an explosive disclosure. The paper does not want to be accused of influencing the outcome of an election with this revelation.
The seeds of the rumor seem to have originated from the Village Voice’s own Michael Musto who wrote:
As I recently said on Monica Crowley’s radio show, whisper campaigns are claiming that Hillary Clinton is Gayle King-ing her aide de camp, the glamorous Huma Abedin, an Indian/Pakistani goddess from Kalamazoo, Michigan. In other words, Hillary may be putting Huma out there in the press and purposely making her more visible as a pre-emptive strike that amounts to her hiding in plain sight. This way, no Republican can later say, “Who is this gorgeous babe who spends so much intimate time with Hillary that the Observer called her Hill’s ‘body person’? Was Gennifer Flowers’ book right about Hillary’s sexual taste?