It is like one of those urban legends that no matter how many times it is refuted and exposed as a myth it just keeps coming back and claiming new uninformed and ignorant victims. The so-called “generational shift” in the Cuban American community towards embracing and accepting the vile and murderous Castro dictatorship in Cuba is by no means a new or recent folk tale. It has been around for a long time, and by a “long time,” we are referring to decades.
Name This Lede: On Cuban-American Policy Attitudes
Is this the opening paragraph (“lede”) from this week’s news stories on FIU’s manipulated Cuba poll?
Or is it from this week’s story about an unscrupulous Cuban-American businessman?
“A majority of the persons interviewed — especially the young, who make up more than half of the 450,000 exiles here — are looking forward to the time when it will be possible for them to travel to Cuba. Even businessmen, who represent a more conservative group than the young, are thinking about trading with Cuba once the embargo is totally lifted.”
It’s from The New York Times on August 31st, 1975.
And just like in 1975, these manipulated polls and regurgitated stories have yet to translate into political reality.
Note that those who were labeled “young” in this 1975 article are today considered part of the “hardliner” demographic.