NBC at it again, parroting lies about the Pedro Pan airlift…lies that reveal deep-seated prejudices
Yeah, yeah...of course, the Pedro Pan airlift was caused by the nefarious CIA through propaganda that fooled Cuban parents into unnecessarily thinking that the future of their children's lives was at serious risk.
Yeah... sure. Cuban parents were -- and still are -- as moronic and gullible as all Lateeen-ohs.
Get ready to see more of this ordure as unaccompanied children pour over the non-existent southern border of the U.S.A...
NBC has posted a comparison of the current crisis with previous instances of child migrations, including the Kindertransport that rescued Jewish children from the Nazi empire and the rescue of Vietnamese children in the 1970's, during the collapse of South Vietnam.
Its brief description of the Pedro Pan airlift once again gives credence to a falsehood generated by the Castro Ministry of Truth -- a falsehood that keeps bobbing up every time the mainstream news media touches on the subject, a falsehood that stays in play for a variety of reasons, but mainly because it reinforces the deeply held opinion that Cubans (along with all of their Lateeen-oh brethren) are gullible fools with limited intelligence.
Once again, as it did in its CNBC documentary "Escape from Havana," this network claims that it is highly likely that Cuban parents were unnecessarily frightened by CIA propaganda, and therefore that it is quite possible that the United States created this unprecedented exodus on purpose, as part of its Cold War strategy.
To add insult to injury, NBC tries to substantiate its claim by linking their post to a student essay -- a very unbalanced and unabashedly pro-Castro student essay! --by Meghan Vail of the University of Texas. That essay relies on "The Lost Apple," a book written by a disaffected Pedro Pan alumn who gave credence to the CIA propaganda story on the basis of flimsy evidence.
As a Pedro Pan kid (we will always be "kids," no matter how old we get), and as a historian who has checked the so-called "evidence" cited in support of such a lie, I can do nothing but seethe. Writing to NBC will not stop them from putting this lie into play. And the same goes for all other news organizations.
Portraying Cuban parents as gullible stupid fools is what they love to do. It confirms the bigotry they refuse to express more openly. And... it makes the Castro regime look good, of course, which is another of their deep-seated preferences.
HERE is the offending post. And here is the relevant section from that post:
PEDRO PAN: More than 14,000 youths arrived in the U.S. from Cuba over nearly two years from December 1961 to October 1962. Many were sent by parents who opposed the Castro regime and feared for their children’s future, a fear that may have been further fostered by U.S. propaganda. The exodus, which has come to be known as Operation Pedro Pan, was coordinated by the Catholic Church and aided by the U.S. government, which granted visa waivers and provided money for the children’s resettlement. Pedro Pan has been considered the largest exodus of children to the United States. Some were reunited with parents or family in the U.S.; most of the Cuban children stayed. Former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, a Florida Republican, came to America through the Pedro Pan program.