On the eve of the 56th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, JFK’s betrayal of the Cuban people is highlighted in a very unlikely place.
In an article on President Trump’s “paranoia” in The Columbia Journalism Review, author Gareth Milner brings up Kennedy as an example of a president who complained about journalists even though he had them all in his back pocket.
Comparing Trump’s “incompetence” to Kennedy’s, Milner focuses on JFK’s decision to abandon Brigade 2506 after they had already landed in Cuba, and how that disaster never kept the press from loving him.
So, in addition to exposing Kennedy’s villainy and cowardice Milner also openly admits that journalists have a long history of being biased.
Admissions of this sort are very rare.
The article itself — titled “Trump Sets a New Bar for Presidential Paranoia”– is a shining example of leftist media bias, but at least it’s honest.
Here is the excerpt in question:
As president, Trump starts off in a hole with a disapproval rating of 55 percent of Americans interviewed. And he seems to be digging it deeper every day. “Any negative polls are fake news,” he tweeted. While Trump seems immersed in incompetence, some of his mishaps may be attributed to inexperience.
Just as wobbly was President John F. Kennedy. The ill-fated Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961 led to the 1962 Cuba Missile Crisis. Originally, the invasion was the work of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who knew something about such an exercise after commanding the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
Under Ike’s plan, once the Cubans landed at the Bay of Pigs, he predicted Castro would lead a counter-attack from Havana. En route, Castro and his army would be destroyed. Waiting to pounce were the Blue Blasters, the Navy’s fighter-bomber squadron aboard the USS Essex hiding just over the horizon. Kennedy vetoed the carrier strike and the Cuban invaders were killed and captured by Castro.
Eisenhower came to Kennedy’s support as he was pounded by the press and Republicans in Congress for the Bay of Pigs fiasco, but his support came with a slice of humiliation. The five-star general took the young Navy lieutenant to task during a walk in the woods of Camp David.
He challenged Kennedy’s refusal to order the nearby US Navy armada to wreck Castro and his army as they repelled the CIA-organized invasion of Cuba. Kennedy said the use of carrier-based warplanes would have exposed American involvement. “My advice was that we must try to keep our hands from showing in this affair,” Kennedy said.
Ike was incredulous. “How could you expect the world to believe that we had nothing to do with it?” Ike said. Where did the invasion ships come from? Where did the invaders get weapons? “I believe there is only one thing to do when you go into this kind of thing: It must be a success,” Ike told Kennedy.
Kennedy’s youth, wit, and intellect displayed in his speeches, created an image almost invulnerable to voter disapproval. When his approval rating soared to 85 percent, Kennedy could only wonder. “The worse you do, the better they like you,” he said. Kennedy’s charm and sincere personal exchanges with reporters transformed the White House press from adversaries to advocates.
Whole essay HERE