Not many of you might remember the name Jack Valenti, but you probably recognize his picture. Jack was the head of the Motion Picture Association Of America from 1966-2004. They are the group of people who decide what ratings a film gets and so as a consequence they have a lot of power over a lot of people. Their ratings can determine whether a movie makes money or is a bomb. Anyway, back in the day, the Washington Post is reporting today that President Johnson had the FBI investigate Jack to determine whether he was gay or not. Did he want to know this so he could have an affair with him? Basically several FBI agents at the height of the cold war spent hundreds and hundreds of hours and conducted numerous interviews with people all to determine whether he was gay. I don't know how many times this was repeated with how many other people but it wasn't like they were going to release the information anyway. The only reason they wanted the information was so they could blackmail the people being investigated and make them do things they didn't necessarily want to do. Sounds like some other organization that is popular in Hollywood circles.
I mean there really is no other point except blackmail and knowing that if they released the news you would be shunned. The results of the investigation were that he was not gay and so they probably spent hundreds of more hours trying to find something else they could hold over his head.