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Hustler is Better at Investigative News Than Brian Ross?

ABC’s Brian Ross on the David Vitter story today:

Last week, immediately following a judge’s order, Palfrey turned over phone records for her service from 1993 to 2006 to Washington, D.C. investigative reporter and author Dan Moldea, with whom she is writing a book, Moldea told ABCNews.com.
The next day, Moldea told ABCNews.com, he discovered a phone number connected to Vitter in the records.
Moldea, who also works as an investigator for Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, contacted Flynt with the information, he said. Flynt did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABCNews.com.
Yesterday afternoon, a Hustler editor contacted Vitter’s office to ask his connection to Palfrey’s service.
Soon after, Vitter’s office released its statement.

However…

Earlier this year ABC News received and analyzed a portion of Palfrey’s phone records that included calls between 2002 and 2006 but found no indication of Vitter having used the service. A new search of the records previously provided to ABC News against several numbers that have belonged to Vitter returned no matches.

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