”What about Caroline [Kennedy], who is still alive?…Did you think about, as you talk about unburdening yourself, the idea that you’ve burdened other people now with this?”
—-”Today Show” co-host Ann Curry, interviewing Jack Kennedy mistress and teen-ages sex toy Mimi Alford on Thursday’s NBC and suggesting that Alford was wrong and greedy to share the story of how the late President used, abused, and sexually exploited her, as was his habit.
That’s right, Ann…why reveal the nasty truth about the misogynistic and ruthless character of an American icon, when it is so much more pleasant to keep lies alive?
Curry is beyond belief. She is supposedly a journalist, and yet her professed concern is how Kennedy family members will react to credible information about one of their own. History, Ann? Understanding who America’s leaders are? Learning the truth? Exploding mythology burnished by a lap dog press and meticulously nurtured by a wealthy family with a well-documented history of adultery and misogyny? Do any of these seem like legitimate goals to Ann Curry? Alford, whose relationship with Kennedy has been thoroughly confirmed, was miserably treated by the sex-addicted President, and yet Curry thinks that the intern has an obligation to protect the Kennedy family.
If there is a more horrifying example of the media’s ethical blindness when the Kennedy clan is involved, I can’t think of it. Alford is a victim, a once-young women led into the clutches of a genuine sexual predator with unlimited power to make people do his bidding and punish those who did not. Amazingly, she kept her secret for almost half a century, more than enough time for the sting of her revelations to be mitigated (does anyone really believe that Caroline Kennedy doesn’t know about her father’s serial betrayals of her mother?). No one, especially a member of the profession that allowed her to be misused, has any business criticizing her. Criticize the man who forced her to perform oral sex on an aide, while he watched. Criticize the man whose reckless tom-cat/playboy habits endangered his office and the nation.
Moving on from outrageous bias, how about Curry’s hypocrisy? When has the media ever hesitated to publicize embarrassing stories, and even rumors, about public figures without any concern about their children and families? I wrote in an earlier post about the way JFK’s false image as a hero corrupts our leadership and the culture; Curry proves that Kennedy and the contagion of Kennedy worship that he spread still corrupts American journalism.
Curry’s colleagues, Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera questioned Alford’s credibility throughout the segment, as if Kennedy’s reputation and character were as squeaky-clean as Mister Rogers. We know he had sexual encounters with a mob moll and an Israeli spy, actresses like Angie Dickinson and Marilyn Monroe, and too many others to count. The late reporter Hugh Sidey, who covered Kennedy at the White House (and who was one of those who facilitated his sexual predation), wrote in Time that “there was a Mimi….there was also a Pam, a Priscilla, a Jill (actually, two of them), a Janet, a Kim, a Mary and a Diana I can think of offhand.” That he can think of offhand! Isn’t that cute? Ah, that funny, naughty Jack Kennedy! What a man!
What a liar. What a fraud. And Mimi Alford is doing history and the nation a service by providing some eye-witness reporting on what kind of man America’s fate depended upon in 1962. For this she has to endure the sneering of Ann Curry and others who pass themselves off as journalists today and who, as is often the case with the news media, care more about preserving false illusions than telling the truth.