The broadcast and cable news networks have grown comfortable with using the gossip site TMZ.com on celebrity stories like Brittany Murphy or Tiger Woods. Will they follow that pattern when their beloved John F. Kennedy gets a TMZ treatment? [UPDATE: TMZ falls for JFK photo hoax]
TMZ has 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.
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.
TMZ had multiple experts examine the photo -- all say there is no evidence the picture was Photoshopped. The original print -- which is creased -- was scanned and examined for evidence of inconsistent lighting, photo composition and other forms of manipulation. The experts all concluded the photo appears authentic.
Will this be treated like Tiger Woods, or the National Enquirer story on John Edwards? Will it be covered, or will the networks find experts to challenge the photo's authenticity? Regardless, it's clear that a photo like this surfacing in 1960 certainly could have changed that near-tie election.