An allied correspondent stands in Hiroshima September 8, 1945, a month after the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare was dropped by the United States to hasten Japan’s surrender. (AP Photo/Stanley Troutman)
As I have written extensively in three books and articles for decades, the US prevented early coverage of what our two atomic bombs produced on the ground in Japan sixty-eight years ago next week, or suppressed accounts that did emerge. Officials also kept film footage shot by our own military hidden for decades.
Two years ago I sat with Amy Goodman for a lengthy Democracy Now! segment that focused on the media “cover-up.” She also played tapes focusing on the two key reporters who did try to get the word out—Wilfred Burchett and George Weller—plus commentary on New York Times reporter W.L. Laurence, who was embedded in the bomb project and wrote glowing accounts about the making and use of the bomb. Here’s part of it: