The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, February 05, 2005
New York Times, JFK, and Cuba - again
[This little run of Times in the 60s pieces: January 30, ditto, February 4, February 5, ditto.]
An interesting-looking Atlantic Monthly piece - not available online  - Managed News: Our Peacetime Censorship by Hanson Baldwin from April 1963 noted in this bibliography:
A criticism of the news management policy of the Kennedy administration, which Baldwin charges with increased centralization and restriction of government news and with using such devices as dispensing "exclusive" stories to favored papers, arranging for high-level "leaks," using FBI agents to trace unplanned "leaks," and, during the Cuban crisis, the use of news blackout and deliberate falsehood.
Sounds familiar? Reports of Bush exceptionalism in media control are, it seems, greatly exaggerated . When a particular line of argument or factual claim suits the book of both sides in a dispute, one needs to be especially cautious! Both Bushies and DEWDROPs would have us believe that Bush's ability to pull media strings is utterly unprecedented. I'd say that proposition needs checking out. Baldwin's piece might be a good place to start.
The Spanish thesis I discussed on February 4 mentions that Kennedy, in a letter of May 28 1963 to the widow of Orville Dryfoos ,
elogi[ó] sus dos actuaciones, particularmente la tenida en el asunto de los misiles cubanos, con una información que solo él poseía. Una decision esta últimaLetters of condolence tend to say nice things about the deceased; interesting that JFK puts self-censorship under the heading of nice.que hizo mas efectivas nuestras acciones posteriores y que contrbuyó grandemente a nuestra seguridad nacional.
Arthur Sylvester, in a presser on October 30 1962, said 
the results justify the methods we use
Was there a Rummy smirk there? I suspect not.
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