More on Governmental Transparency

by F.

I like this idea–not because I think there’s anything wrong with prostitution, but because I think there’s a lot wrong with sanctimony:

Hustler magazine is looking for some scandalous sex in Washington again — and willing to pay for it.

“Have you had a sexual encounter with a current member of the United States Congress or a high-ranking government official?” read a full-page advertisement taken out by Larry Flynt’s pornographic magazine in Sunday’s Washington Post.

It offered $1 million (500,000 pounds) for documented evidence of illicit intimate relations with a congressman, senator or other prominent officeholder. A toll-free number and e-mail address were provided.

I would think this would create an arms race between customers and prostitutes, with the cautious customer requiring the prostitute to sign a non-disclosure agreement. So, for Flynt’s plan to work, he should also indemnify the prostitutes against any damages they might incur due to the disclosure. And he should pay attorney’s fees. (The NDA might not be enforceable since prostitution is still illegal. But the prostitutes might get hit with some sort of defamation theory.)

(A bit more on the story is here.)