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A Net Guide to Scandal

By Linton Weeks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 23, 1998; Page D01

The problem with the latest scandal is that there's just too much too weird too fast. Much of it – especially when it is merely salacious unconfirmed gossip – is showing up first on the Internet. We offer, therefore, a Web Guide for Scandalmongers.

The White House (www.whitehouse.gov): If you type in the address of the official site, which ends in .gov, you'll be able to search White House press releases, radio addresses, photos and Web pages as far back as January 1993. You'll find many of the players, including a couple of mentions of Paula Jones. If you type in whitehouse.com by mistake, however, you'll wind up at an XXX-rated porn site. Talk about bimbo eruptions.

Internships (www.aexp.com/student/moneypit/getjob/intern/docs/white-h.html): At the American Express University online, you'll discover an unsigned report on life as a White House intern that, in the present light, is way ironic. An excerpt: "The internship kicks off with a daylong orientation. The early part of the day is spent with representatives of the Secret Service, who brief interns on security issues. Said an intern: 'They basically scare you out of doing what you're not supposed to do.'"

Monica Lewinsky (members.aol.com/mslewinsky/index.html): At Monica's Place, which sure looked like the real home page of Ms. Lewinsky, we learned a little bit less about her than we already knew. It was predominantly pink and linked to the whitehouse.org page. The site was reachable until midafternoon yesterday. This could have been a hoax. Of course, the whole thing could be a hoax.

Lewis & Clark College (www.lclark.edu): If you're looking for admissions, try the Web site of Lewinsky's alma mater in Portland, Ore. The school's official motto: Explorare, Discere, Sociare (To explore, to discover, to work together).

Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City (www.ritzcarlton.com): Renowned for its meeting facilities, this joint – where a wired Linda Tripp recorded a conversation with Lewinsky on Jan. 13 – put the haute in hotel.

Big Hair (www.randy.com/fran.htm): This is for comic relief only. But if you think Gennifer, Paula and Monica have Phantasmagorical Phollicles, you should see the locks on the gussied-up guys at Francine's Wall of Drag. Men beehiving badly.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (www.sasmf.com): In case you need an attorney. Robert Bennett may be a little busy, but his firm has 1,099 more lawyers.

Satyriasis (http://www.ncsac.org): The site of the National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity helps you determine if you're hooked. There's even a self-help test. Question 7 is "Do you have trouble stopping your sexual behavior when you know it is inappropriate?" If you score too high, you might as well face it – you're addicted to lust.

Slate (www.slate.com): In the "Tangled Web" column, Seth Stevenson traces the online origins of L'Affair Lewinsky.

Salon (www.salonmagazine.com): In Salon Magazine, Camille Paglia calls Clinton a homeboy who wants to "make everything into Little Rock again," and Alexander Cockburn cogitates on the nine lives of Clinton. "Why," he asks, "would any Republican truly want the official End of 'President' Bill right now? So Al Gore could get two years' exposure in the White House and pardon Bill into the bargain?"

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