Regarding ABC’s overhyped (and underwhelming) “20/20” special on Palfrey: “We thought Brian Ross did a spectacular job” researching the piece, said [Palfray lawyer Montgomery] Sibley. “We trusted ABC and Brian Ross to tell a compelling story to the public.” But Sibley said that the final product was “significantly watered down” at “the 11th hour” because of “shouting matches” and the involvement of lawyers at ABC and Disney (ABC’s parent company).
Still, don’t think that the Name Game is over. Despite Ross’ statement on the 20/20 special that “it turned out not to be as newsworthy as we thought in terms of the names,” Sibley says that there remain 20 to 25 client names “that anyone in this room would recognize.” He also revealed that another print news organization -- not based in Washington or New York -- has been given the same phone records given to ABC News.
The Yeas and Nays column of the Washington Examiner was on hand for DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfray’s Q&A recent appearance at Nathans, a Georgetown bar that host weekly chats with interesting public affairs and media figures. The ABC 20/20 feature on phone records provided by Palfray disappointingly provided no new names of call-girl clients, as the column notes: