// DECEMBER 28–In a colossal screw-up, the gossip web site TMZ today published a photo purporting to show John F. Kennedy frolicking on a yacht with a harem of naked women–except that the image actually appeared as part of a November 1967 Playboy photo spread, The Smoking Gun has learned. The TMZ hoax was billed as an “exclusive” featuring a photo that “could have altered world events” had it surfaced prior to JFK’s presidential campaign.

“It could have torpedoed his run, and changed world history,” the site added. In reality, the photo appeared in a 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. [Click here for a side-by-side comparison of the original Playboy photo and the watermarked version published today by TMZ.]

 According to the web site, 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.” The gossip site offered no further details about the photo’s provenance or what they paid for the image. The site noted that “we believe the photo was taken in the mid-1950s,” likely while Kennedy was on a two-week “Mediterranean boating trip” with his brother Ted and Senator George Smathers.

TMZ claimed to have consulted with “multiple experts,” including a forensic photo expert and two unnamed JFK biographers, as it sought to confirm that the late president was once photographed surrounded by a quartet of naked women. According to the caption accompanying the Playboy photo spread, four couples were enjoying themselves on a trip to Petit Rameau, an island in the Grenadines. As “Andy” sunned himself on deck, “Elaine” dove naked into the water while “Roxanna” provocatively shimmied up a ladder. In an interview, Larry Dale Gordon, the Playboy photographer who took the yacht image, said that the man TMZ identified as Kennedy was a “paid model,” as were the naked women featured in the shot. (2 pages).

 

 TMZ Falls for JFK Hoax, Pamela Geller Changes History

Blogosphere | Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 11:59:01 am PSTGossip site TMZ ran a story today about a photo of John F. Kennedy on a yacht with several naked women, and headlined it: The JFK Photo That Could Have Changed History

In their article, TMZ cited “multiple experts” and quoted a “forensic analyst” who vouched for the authenticity of the photo.  TMZ concludes their article with the ominous news that if the photo had been released in 1960 it would have “changed history:” 

The photo is a hoax as The Smoking Gun proves here: TMZ Falls For JFK Photo Hoax. And speaking of “changing history,” one of the right wing bloggers who fell for the hoax, hook, line, and sinker is the web’s craziest shrieking harpy, Pamela Geller (atlas shrugs website), who shrieked

TMZ has the goods on this photo of JFK and a gaggle of naked women. Too bad the left wing pravda media protected him. Just think. For starters, we’d still have Cuba (what the hell).Today if that picture emerged, they’d give him a Nobel. What a difference 40-odd years makes.

Leave it to Geller to find the Obama connection, no matter how strained. But the link to Geller’s anti-Muslim hate site goes to Google’s cache because she simply deleted her post without updating or acknowledging that she fell for an obvious hoax.  But the idiocy doesn’t even stop there, because Cuba was taken over by Castro’s forces in 1959.

 

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