Naked truth is TMZ got duped by fake JFK nudie photo
By Michael Lewittes | 2:02 pm, December 28th, 2009False Photo
“The JFK Photo That Could Have Changed History,” solemnly declared a headline on TMZ, which got picked up everywhere.
The site went on to brag that it had “obtained a never-before published photograph which appears to show John F. Kennedy on a boat filled with naked women — it’s a photo that could have altered world events.”
It might have, if… but we’ll get to the “if” in a moment.
TMZ continued, “We believe the photo was taken in the mid-1950s. It shows two naked women jumping off the boat and two more naked women sunning on the top deck. Just below the top deck — a man appearing to be John F. Kennedy is lying on a deck, sunning himself.”
The usually very reliable site then noted that it had ”multiple experts examine the photo,” and “The experts all concluded the photo appears authentic.”
So where did this come from?
According to TMZ, “A man who owned a car dealership on the East coast… [who] would brag to friends he had an image of JFK on a boat with naked women.” Huh?
TMZ concluded its post with “Had the photo surfaced when John F. Kennedy ran for President in 1960, it could have torpedoed his run, and changed world history.”
Well, it couldn’t have torpedoed anything because the photo was taken in 1967, four years after JFK was assassinated.
After the initial post, a TMZ visitor sent the site an e-mail, noting that the (non-Kennedy) photo first appeared in Playboy, a fact now confirmed by the nudie mag.
TMZ generally does a good job, but they made a mistake this time.
The scarier part of this story was not how TMZ got duped. Rather, it’s that some dude burned into his memory bank a naked shot from 42 years ago!