ABC News Pimping for Ratings
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In a “news” story that aired around 7 p.m. on January 19 called “Pimping for Paul,” ABC's David Wright dropped in on the Bunny Ranch, a legal whorehouse in
Here's what unfolded:
In a husky voice, Wright relates that owner Dennis Hof told him, “my girls are pimping for Paul.” That would be Ron Paul, the libertarian Republican congressman from
With a bevy of scantily clad women lounging on plush red sofas in the background,
Let's go further into the Bunny Ranch with the ABC crowd. A charming blonde named “Air Force Amy” leads a laughing Wright into the bedroom where she says she “pimps for Paul.” Barely contained by a spangled red “dress,” the giggling Amy tells Wright, “It's very easy to ask for campaign contributions here. A lot easier, too, when I take my clothes off.” More giggles. Amy claims she has snagged up to $1,000 this way for her candidate.
Attention, political scientists and political reporters! ABC has given you a whole new field to study! Expect deeper scrutiny of your expense accounts, however.
Back to the ranch. Wright ventures into another bedroom to interview one of Amy's colleagues, Brooke Taylor. Wearing a purple dress resembling a teddy, the waiflike
The segment ends. Viewers are left pondering this question: How were Americans able to make political decisions before ABC began bringing us this kind of political uncoverage?