JFK, a beautiful mediocrity

The four-hour biography of JFK on The American Experience was excellent. Catch repeats if you can. One thing that came through was how thoroughly the Kennedy family was in control of its image. They couldn’t have done it without the complicity of the news media...

Ask what your country owes you

Bernard Goldberg: With the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination upon us, the clip of the most memorable line of his Inaugural Address, and probably of his entire presidency, has run over and over again on television.  “Ask not what your country can do...

JFK’s stained history

Being martyred confers certain privileges, the first being forgiven your sins by those who loved you. Alas, many who loved JFK covered JFK, and covered up his many failures and foibles. To this day, JFK’s presidency is ranked high by most historians. A new book...

The Secret Service sex scandal few talk about

The Colombian Secret Service prostitution scandal is small potatoes by historical standards. Once upon time, our president, JFK was the one ordering sex a la carte, and using his staff to cover his tracks. Forget Secret Service agents hiring hookers. JFK had them...