On Saturday, CNN pitched its new special, The Kennedys, by praising JFK’s love life thusly:
But was JFK’s love life really legendary? In actuality, JFK was an awful person in the bedroom who certainly would have been labeled a sexual predator in this #MeToo moment. He infamously bedded a 19-year-old White House intern, taking her virginity. She described the situation this way:
I couldn’t believe what was happening. Nor could I believe what I did next: I finished unbuttoning my shirtdress and let it fall off my shoulders. … After he’d finished, he smiled at me and suggested I use the bathroom. When I came out, he was waiting for me in the West Sitting Hall, which was now deserted. I was in shock. He, on the other hand, was matter-of-fact, and acted as if what had just occurred was the most natural thing in the world.
Later, JFK encouraged Alford to perform oral sex on one of his aides publicly:
The President and I were in the pool, splashing playfully, while Dave Powers was sitting on the edge, with his feet dangling in the water. Then JFK swam over and whispered in my ear: “Mr Powers looks a little tense — would you take care of it?”
I knew exactly what that meant: it was a dare to give Dave Powers oral sex.
I don’t think the President thought I’d do it, but I’m ashamed to say that I did. It was a pathetic, sordid scene, and I can hardly bear to think about it. Dave was jolly and obedient as I stood in the shallow end of the pool and performed my duties. The President silently watched.
And, of course, JFK was a serial adulterer who bedded Chicago gangster Sam Giancana’s mistress, as well as Marilyn Monroe (whom he then handed off to Bobby), a secretary in the White House press office, another White House staff member who worked for JFK’s secretary, among many others.
CNN called this disgusting behavior “legendary.”
Remember, this is the same network currently shellacking President Trump for bedding a porn star while married, and hosting her on the air to ask about Trump’s condom use. This is also the same network that repeatedly shuts down discussion of Bill Clinton’s sexual peccadillos. But JFK, because he’s a Democrat, is different.
The media wonder why so many on the right shrug at Trump’s sexual antics. They’re right to wonder that. But one reason many on the right ignore CNN’s ginned-up outrage is the double standard CNN clearly holds when it comes to sexual impropriety from Democrats.