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News on this day in 1958 had to do with the aftermath of the disastrous visit by vice-President Nixon to South America. In each of the stops on this State visit, the Nixon party was greeted with bottles, rocks and violent Anti-American demonstrations.
As in everything that smacked of Anti-American sentiment during this period, the South American fiasco was blamed squarely on Communists gaining a foothold in the region. Not having anything to do with our failing Foreign Policy in the region, or our support of Military juntas. No, it was all the Communists fault.
So rather than being pelted with roses, the Nixon party was pelted with rocks and we were left trying to figure out why.
Yes, our Foreign Policy was in a shambles, and it would only get worse as time went on. Bear in mind, Cuba would go through a dramatic upheaval less than a year later, ousting the Bautista regime in favor of Fidel Castro.
Here is that discussion, as broadcast on the night of May 16, 1958.
And the Cold War muddled on.