The Right’s Nasty Propaganda Machine

Here’s a typical right-wing propaganda operation. The right has been working to knock down the public’s positive impression of John F Kennedy for decades because JFK is a stand-in for “liberals” in people’s minds. If they can get people to think negatively about JFK they can get them to think negatively of liberals. I’ve been watching this campaign unfold for decades. Some billionaire somewhere put a ton of money into this and the funding still hasn’t run out…
So out comes a nasty hit piece on JFK, with an old “snapshot” on old, crinkled-up photo paper, supposedly showing JFK on a yacht with naked women.
The sensational headline: “The JFK Photo That Could Have Changed History.” The cover story:

The photo was eventually given to a man who owned a car dealership on the East coast. The man kept it in a drawer for years, and would brag to friends he had an image of JFK on a boat with naked women. The man died 10 years ago and one of his sons inherited the photo.

Of course the right’s blogs pick it up… eliciting the comments that give voice to what we are all supposed to think:

It just another affirmation that the Kennedy’s were PIGS and they lived a life of LIES. They then FORCED their disgusting liberalism on Conservative Americans while professing to live the life of good Catholics while living the life of TRASH!

But now in the age of the internet these kinds of things get exposed and we all find out pretty quickly.

In reality, the photo appeared in story about Playboy’s “Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodied Complement of Ship’s Belles.” As seen in the below page from the November 1967 issue, the Playboy photo is in color. The “Exclusive” TMZ image is the same photo, just reproduced in black and white.

So, was it up on Drudge and pulled down, or hadn’t they put it up yet. Is the Washington Times quickly pulling a front-page story? Will Limbaugh talk about it anyway? Will it become another conservative “truth?”

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