Bennett, Kennedy stories show privacy issue twist

Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 1:00am

While Bill Bennett's gambling is fading from the public radar, another story is getting bigger on the screen. John F. Kennedy had an affair with a 19-year-old intern while president of the United States.

In a sense the two stories tell the strange story of liberalism zigzagging on the issue of privacy. In much of the criticism of Bennett, liberals have referred to what they call "the Bennett rules." Joshua Marshall, who writes a sort of in-house tip sheet for professional liberals (www.talkingpointsmemo.com), says, "For my part, I'd say leave everyone's [private] issues to them and theirs.

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