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JFK and Donald Trump

October 8, 2016

This weekend the news is focused on Hurricane Matthew and revelations about Donald Trump’s vulgarity and womanizing. This election season has featured a series of exposes about the Republican nominee for President, and brought to mind a book by Seymour M. Hersh titled The Dark Side of Camelot published in 1997.

I came across the book at a local public library on a shelf of “donated” books placed on sale. I thought the title was intriguing and purchased it for 40 cents.

John F. Kennedy is portrayed in Hersh’s book as a politician addicted to painkillers and sexual escapades that included frequent orgies in the White House swimming pool and other convenient locations. Some were so rowdy that police were called and caught a glimpse of a naked president swimming with similarly naked women.

None of that was featured in press reports because John F. Kennedy was protected from public exposure by a media committed to his political program.

Seymour Myron “Sy” Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist who exposed the My Lai massacre, reported on mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Graib. Needless to say his book about JFK was not heralded for courageous journalism nor did it win any awards.

Today the media reports everything they can about Donald Trump and largely ignore the misdeeds of the Democrat Party’s nominee for President.

This left-wing bias goes back a very long way and has roots in corruption of the American system of higher education. Nowhere is rigorous scholarship more lacking in higher education than in our Communication and Journalism Departments. Today’s reporting classes are largely ignorant of most subjects mastered by educated persons and constitute a dangerous development. “Media bias” is a common complaint and has led to a search for alternative sources of information.

My own personal search for alternative sources of news  is reported in this essay  titled “Avoiding a Leftist Media–for Now”


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