Larry Flynt: Murdoch Crossed the Line

Porn publishing king weighs in on the News of the World scandal
By Luke Kelly-Clyne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2011 11:49 AM CDT
Larry Flynt in a 2007 file photo.   (AP Photo/Gary He, File)

(Newser) – Larry Flynt may be the king of smut publishing, but don't get him wrong. The man still respects some good, old-fashioned boundaries when it comes to the press. It's this very respect, he contends, that sets him apart from fellow media magnate Rupert Murdoch. In an op-ed piece for the Washington Post, Flynt condemns Murdoch for News Corp's alleged nefarious behavior brought to light in the unfolding News of the World scandal.

"Simply put, he publishes what he wants," Flynt says of Murdoch, "apparently regardless of how he gets information and heedless of the responsibility associated with the power he wields." Flynt continues, sprinkling bits of unabashed self-righteousness as he goes: "No matter how offensive or distasteful some people may find Hustler magazine and my other publications, no one has appeared unwillingly in their pages. I do not create sensationalism at the expense of people living private lives."
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