Is this a photo of President John F. Kennedy sunning himself while naked cuties do cannonballs off the side of a yacht? Or just some doctored-up Photoshop job that looks convincingly real?
This morning, TMZ swore up and down they were in possession of a “never before published photograph” of Kennedy on a two-week Mediterranean cruise in August 1956, which he took with his brother, Ted Kennedy, after the Democratic National Convention. The photo allegedly belonged to “a man who owned a car dealership on the East Coast” and was inherited by his son after he died. Apparently, several photo experts called the photograph authentic-looking and two Kennedy biographers confirm the man in the pic appeared to be the ex-prez.
Early this afternoon, though, TMZ admitted a major whoopsies: Apparently, a reader wrote in to school the gossip blog that the photo isn’t a paparazzo’s pic of JFK at all but a shot from a 1967 Playboy photo shoot, “Playboy’s Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodies Complement of Ship’s Belles.” A rep for Playboy confirmed this to be true.
Good eye, random internet emailer! Of course it’s as fake as a Lewis Veeton—no one would sit on a photo of an ex-president and naked women for decades. Great job fact-checking, TMZ! [TMZ]