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TV talk missing 1980 Cuban context for Texas border crisis
TV talk missing 1980 Cuban context for Texas border crisis

I can't believe how much talk about the Texas border crisis I've heard on cable news the last two weeks without any mention of the Mariel boatlift of 1980. This is textbook for what I mean about TV news -- from the network and cable level on down -- being hopelessly short on context and any sense of even recent American history. No wonder we are such an addled nation that thinks everything that comes along is the biggest, newest, baddest or best thing ever. No wonder we are such an easily confused and jangled bunch. Mariel is not only the context for what's happening on the Texas border, it's the predictor of what's to come as various government agencies get...

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