Charles Keating Was "the Scum of the Earth," Says Porn Titan Larry Flynt

Are you convinced that serial-killer Joseph Paul Franklin was the man that shot you, paralyzing you from the waist down?

Yes. He shot [and wounded] Vernon Jordan, the civil rights activist. He was a real rabid racist. He supposedly shot me because of [an interracial] photo feature that I had in Hustler...He bombed a lot of synagogues in the South during the '70s and '80s, too. He was a pretty sick puppy.

And yet, you opposed his execution last year, why?

I've always been opposed to the death penalty. When you snuff those guys' lives out in a matter of seconds, suffering is gone. But if you put them in a four-by-six cell for their rest of their lives, they've got a lot of suffering to do. And I just don't think the government should be in the business of killing. And, besides, we have no evidence that indicates that the death penalty is a deterrent.

Is there any irony in the fact that the porn industry that Keating was crusading against is dying, but because of market forces, not censorship?

Oh, yeah, that's true, because the Internet has virtually killed pornography as far as publishing is concerned. But that's the rest of the media as well, because most people are getting their information off the Internet.

We have a large presence in broadcast television, where we do a lot of programming worldwide. We're still very much in the business, but publishing is just a fraction of our revenue now.

What's Hustler's circulation now, 100,000?

Yeah, that's right. It was at a peak of 3 million at one time.

Do you miss the days when the magazine itself had a lot of influence?

Hustler was a lot of fun. We were as much an entertainment magazine as we were a sex publication. We were always pushing the envelope.

What's your prescription for outliving your enemies?

That's a great question. (Chuckles.) I would say have a lot of sex. You know, when you're too old to cut the mustard, you can always lick the jar.

For the latest on all things Flynt, check out his website larryflynt.com.

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ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Excellent comment lost in the blog: leonardclark

"Thanks once again for a very informative article on the hypocricy of right wing do gooders that persecute people for what they do in their bedrooms and....at the same time ....flat out steal all the life savings from old people."

Leonard Clark :)

bilgeez
bilgeez

Im a Republican but I NEVER voted for McClown when I lived in AZ! He is the biggest RINO ever! He, K(ch)eating and DiConman all deserve to fry in Hades! The People of AZ are stupid to keep re-electing this sad excuse of a senator. Flynt has more integrity than the three of those pukes put together. 

keffington11
keffington11

That Larry! He's got Keating beaten by a mile in the morals department.

Robin Denise
Robin Denise

You know his partner in crimes against America, NEIL Bush ??? Wonder if he'll come to the funera

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Remember that John McCain was thick as thieves with this Scum - he's just as bad and held Keatings balls while he fugked the taxpayers of this country!  Without McCain, there would have been no S&L Crisis - he paved the way with his malfeasance in office.

Ultimately, it is the fault of the US Voters - they elected McCain and Deconcini.  History will not treat those two kindly.  We had a choice in 1984 when McCain first ran for office - we would be in A LOT DIFFERENT place right now if the voters had made the right choice.  Harry Braun.  However, the voters couldn't stomach voting for a Dem.  I hope they learn their lesson

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Jennifer Salazar
Jennifer Salazar

Interesting how Larry Flint is calling someone ELSE "scum of the Earth". Which one is he? The pot? Or the kettle?

missioncreep
missioncreep

I had a two hour telephone conversation with Russ Meyer who also despised Keating for trying to destroy him. He told me he never recovered financially from having to defend himself in court. 

beaverhunt
beaverhunt

I've never met a hustler "asshole of the month," but I know very well a "fart in the wind" named guido.

ibcingutoo
ibcingutoo

Not to mention that McSame was a great friend of Keating.



Keating was the original Bernie Madoff.  He just did his dirty deeds using Savings & Loan organizations.



leonardclark
leonardclark

Thanks once again for a very informative article on the hypocricy of right wing do gooders that persecute people for what they do in their bedrooms and....at the same time ....flat out steal all the life savings from old people.

Leonard Clark :)

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Dead or alive, he was and was a piece of crap.

Davina Wilkins
Davina Wilkins

I love the stories The PNT is running to coincide with Keating's passing. I'm gonna take a stab in the dark and guess ya'll didn't like the guy;)

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Mr. Lemons, Outstanding journalism uncovering little known facts and the ultimate hypocrisy that is at the core of the moral panic witch-hunts in Arizona and across the nation during this period of time.. The Catholic priest sex scandal of 2003-2004?

These witch-hunts have destroyed so many innocent lives. And created a billions-of-dollars child sex crimes / child abuse industry for the "child-savers in the broken criminal justice system.

Hiding behind religion and the cross!

"Savings and loan swindler Charles Keating, who died Monday in Phoenix at age 90, hated pornography. Or so he claimed.

The devout Roman Catholic made a name for himself in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, and beyond, as a scourge of smut, founding an influential anti-porn organization that eventually became known as Citizens for Decency through Law."  The self-righteous driving the laws that broad-brush the innocent.  

But Keating also reputedly possessed a massive porn collection.

In the 1993 book Trust Me: Charles Keating and the Missing Billions, authors Michael Binstein and Charles Bowden tell a story of a reporter who went to interview Keating about his preoccupation with porn."

Jukes
Jukes

I certainly don't admire most of Mr. Flynt's businesses, but I have to say I admire him.  He's always been a straight talker and has paid a high price standing for what he believes in.  Yet you never hear him whining like most of the people who like to imagine they're being persecuted by liberals.  Not surprising he's a lot more moral a person than Charles Keating. I'm glad to know he's outlived most of his enemies.  I wish him many more good years.  

hjoemora
hjoemora

I worked on his house that was built on Lincoln Dr. I saw that he had a young Negro lady in a tutu  working for him . 

yoyowordup
yoyowordup

@ExpertShot And now we've voted in Obama . . . twice . . . and he's fucking us every day.

keffington11
keffington11

McCain said he was a nice grandfatherly man, Keating. McShameful!

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