We see the awakening of Asian fascism, see the beast leave its lair and start to stalk its prey. When Japan invades China in 1937, Roosevelt is asleep in the arms of his mistress, Lucy Mercer. When the world protests the Rape of Nanking, Roosevelt is asleep in the arms of his mistress. When Japan cuts a deal in 1940 with Vichy France, occupies French Indochina and joins the Axis powers, Roosevelt is asleep in the arms of his mistress. He continues to doze off in her arms while those more conscientious than he start an oil boycott of Japan. While Japan builds its military muscle, and the U.S. breaks their codes, Roosevelt is asleep. The codebreakers intercept the crucial cable traffic as the Japanese aircraft carrers steam toward a moment that will live in infamy, but Roosevelt blows it off -- asleep in the arms of his mistress. Nearly 2,500 Americans die as a result.What would have happened to ABC if it had tried a stunt like this back then? Actually, there were plenty of Republicans who despised Roosevelt, and for some of them this scenario would have seemed to be an understatement. Despite all that, pinning the blame for Pearl Harbor on Roosevelt's marital indicretions never really caught on.
Bonus Question: Why not? What was so different from today's media climate? Leave your answer in the comments. I'll start.