Yes, Elites Have the Power…

The power of academic and media elites to shape public perceptions is insufficiently understood. That power can convince the public to accept a fantasy narrative of historic events. One such example is the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and the now commonly-held view that President John Kennedy exhibited steely nerves under pressure and won a high-stakes contest of Cold War nuclear brinksmanship by extricating the U.S. from the threat of Russian nuclear-armed missiles stationed illegally in Cuba, placed there — without cause or provocation, unilaterally — by the overly-aggressive Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev.

That premise as to the cause of the Missile Crisis is inaccurate.