“At the Kennedy Library, just outside Boston, they went through all the files. They couldn’t see much evidence Lloyd Bentsen knew John Kennedy very well. But it certainly was an effective campaign ploy for him.”
Because no journalist at the time reported that it was a lie, much like they would immediately flip 180 degrees on the strength of the economy four years later in late 1992. To riff off of a line by Marvin Olasky discussing the late journalist David Halberstam, prior to the Blogosphere, the truth could be shrink-wrapped into whatever way elite journalists wanted it to appear.
Meanwhile, for yet another flashback to the era of Bush 41, Dan Quayle must be feeling a certain amount of closure after this.