Missile Crisis Memories

Friday, August 27, 2010


The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the most politically tense moments of the Kennedy presidency, and one of the most memorable media moments of the Cold War. In an interview which originally aired in 2002, Fred Kaplan talked about how the media covered the Missile Crisis then, and how we interpret that coverage today.

Comments [5]


If George Bush gets credit for making Iraq a better society than Cuba or Vietnam (a very questionable assumption), then Hitler deserves credit for making Germany better in the 50s. Really all of Europe is better off now than before World War II so nice job, Adolph. Cambodia's doing great now, nice job, Khmer Rouge.

Oh, they don't deserve the credit? Yeah, well obviously neither does Bush regarding whatever happens in Iraq, the totally broken and destroyed country where the capital has been ethnically (or religiously) cleansed, where a million or so innocents have been killed, and where about 15% of the population have become refugees.

Aug. 29 2010 06:04 PM
Morris Townson from E. TN

Yes, as everyone should know, "All History is A Lie" or "History is Written by the Winners".

Now, it is time for NPR to start to work on the fairy tale called Building #7 of the World Trade Center.
Or How did that 727 fit in to a 19' dia. hole in the Pentagon. (Each engine on a 727 is approximately 18' in dia.) And how did that nose cone of 727 which is fiberglass punch through 9' of brick walls?

Aug. 29 2010 11:04 AM
Garrett Epps from Washington DC

The correct title of the book is THE KENNEDY IMPRISONMENT, not KENNEDY AGONISTES. The word "machismo" is pronounced "ma-CHEES-mo," not "ma-KEES-mo."

Aug. 28 2010 07:59 AM
Garrett Epps from Washington DC

The correct title of the book is THE KENNEDY IMPRISONMENT, not KENNEDY AGONISTES. In addition, the word "machismo" is NOT pronouned "ma-KEES-mo," but "ma-CHEES-mo."

Aug. 28 2010 07:57 AM
Just a Thought

Of course the Cuban Missile Crisis and the risk of full scale nuclear war would have never happened if the media did not promote and lionize Fidel "I got my job through The New York Times" Castro who lords over that island till this day.
As for George W. Bush and Iraq, the next writing of history may be much kinder to him since Iraq is a more liberated nation today than Cuba or Vietnam. Thanks

Aug. 27 2010 10:05 PM

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