The White House on Rev. Ted Haggard: Oh, he was just on "a couple of calls" and has visited "one or two times." That's funny, because months ago Time reported Haggard participated "in a White House teleconference every Monday" and Pastor Ted has often emailed his congregation about his White House meetings.
Neither the White House nor Pastor Ted can get their stories (ahem) straight and all parties look increasingly more pathetic. Haggard's denial is almost pathological: He admits that a "hotel" referred him to a male escort for a massage, but denies having sex with the man. The good reverend also admits to buying crystal meth from his accuser, but denies ever using the drug, claiming he "threw it away."
It's obvious that Ted Haggard is going for the "lead-me-not-into-temptation" defense. But he's lied so much that even the legendary spin-artists in the White House are stepping back.
KUSA Video of Haggard's Denial (Think Progress)
White House Press Conference (White House via TPM)
Web Page of Male Escort (Page One Q)
Haggard Admits Meth, Massage, No Sex (Gay.com)
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