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"markelle horn" Discussed on Useful Idiots with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper
"Let's let's talk to a so much leslie bloom for joining us Wanted to know what inspired you to write the book. Beyond the seventy five year anniversary Why this story Conceiving my next project to it was two thousand sixteen and it was It was the right before or right after trump's election. And you know the the are depressed had just undergone this transformation in the is trump world's from being serving the common good to being enemies of the people and i'm i'm a second generation journalists. My dad was walter cronkite. Raider he wrote for harry reasoner. I mean i grew up in a newsroom. And i married into news. Alzheimer's husband is a is a journalist and also first amendment Our whole community are journal cottonmouth at today and all the sudden to see your entire community be under assault like that and be designated as enemies of the people was so shocking and demoralizing end. It was it felt like an all hands on deck moment. So i knew that i wanted my next book to be Something that really presented to the public the strongest case for supporting the media and reinstating this idea helping to reinstate this idea that the media journalism at its best serves the common good and so when i came across her sees hersi story which had been shockingly untold I knew that i had my story added. You even come across it when you did come across it so i was sniffing around out world war two narratives that everything. Everything's really been done especially in the european theater and the journalists there ernie pyle and edinburgh with markelle horn. So well documented. My husband and i are out to dinner one night and he says to me you know. I wonder how how they covered hiroshima and nagasaki. And we she was thinking about it solely from a logistical point of view. Like how how would you get into a nuclear. Not just nuclear fallout zone. But one of the two sites of exclusive sites of nuclear attack in history. But for me when he said that i was like i had that hitchcock impulse zoo moment where mike of that's really interesting so i looked into it and it had been covered but not enough in. I realized that the true impact of percy's reporting and the suppression of information about the truth about nuclear aftermath Never been adequately written about in seventy five years since then so when you get that kind of a scoop even though it's a historical could leap on it for people who don't who aren't aware so the one of the reasons that we're talking to you at this time is that this is the anniversary of of the bombing pure shema. It was august the way that the story came out was really unique It's not entirely clear that they knew that they knew what hersi was up to when he was over there and then he came through when he had to go through this incredible process to get to get the the story into the new yorker. Could you just sort of outline the basics for people who don't know what happened short. I'll try to be concise looking. Serve her student so john. Hersi was in ninety. Five win bombs were dropped. Who's incredibly accomplished in celebrated journalists. Who had been a war. Reporter for time is nineteen thirty nine and he'd seen every theater of action he had seen concentration camps. He had seen combat He had also been pacific. Theater had been under fire by the japanese. He was commended were hero. He'd helped evacuate on wounded. Marie During the pacific theater fight So he's he's really well known and at one point he was even being considered to be the parents who take over managing editor of time inc. So he's he's a big player bitch. He had just left timing and he was had gone independent. he'd become a freelancer. And so the bomb. The bombs dropped on hiroshima and at first. She's his really mixed feelings about it. He's like this is obviously We're a new area whether people realize it or not he. He was still unpacking at for a long time What the implications of it were but he also felt anything that point that helped end. The war wasn't entirely a bad thing but then three days later on august night the us military drops a bomb drops the atomic bomb nagasaki. At that point he. He's totally horrified. He thinks that they're in wartime atrocity or crime territory. He doesn't know yet that he is going. What he's going to write about the bumps that he knows he wants to and in the meat. A whole press corps allied press four. That's converging upon japan and people. Are you know reporters vying to be the first reporters to get the first the first stories out of harare Jackie and and say you know what it looks like on the ground there and a few reporters do get into both of those places and they report that not only was this megabomb in terms of explosive content in one bomb wipes out in entire city. But that there's a sinister what some of them call disease x. That's ravaging survivors. And they're trying to parse died it is and it's clear that the radio activity From the bottles is is your kills long after detonation. Us government is at great pains to cover that up and they do so successfully for months before her she is able to get in eight months later so about that. Note is an interesting question with all this. Which is that part of the rationale. I always thought of dropping the bomb was to put the rest of the world on notice. And you even mentioned in the book that there that there was a little bit of tension overrule whether whether or not they wanted to advertise the destructive power of the bomb including disease the radioactive of after effects. How much does that come into play. In other words they did have to submit this to the military for review. And i know you talked about a difficult decision that was but as to cover it up because what was the reason that they covered it up. And what was the reason. They eventually permitted as much as they did the. Us government end the occupation forces. Your dead really tough decisions make it. It was a difficult line to walk because on one hand they did want to advertise the might of their new mega weapon. You know there was a new sheriff in town and they worked incredibly hard in manhattan project developed this for wartime use in only three years near miracles at got done and you know so they did want message in particular to their now former allies that the soviet union but at the same time you know even earlier that year in nineteen forty-five when they had firebomb tokyo there was already concerned that the us would be quote. Seen out doing hitler in atrocities and quote as then secretary of war put it in so there was worry about sacrificing moral highground. Us had just won. The painfully earned victory against the axis powers. And you know seeing being stained. Have you know incinerated largely civilian population in To largely civilian populations in two cities. wasn't wasn't really great messaging to be fair Then there was also. There was a practical consideration. In august of nineteen forty five occupation forces are about to go into japan tens of thousands of allied allied troops and they were also going to be sent to hiroshima nagasaki. The the story about those cities had to be that there was no radioactivity. That there was no fallout that these troops would be safe the. Us government did dispatch a manhattan project principles doctors to both cities very quickly after the bombings Basically as soon as they could get in and they hastily cleared the the meaning that they said that they were safe for inhabitation as less groups. Ahead of manhattan project would put it shortly. Hume say could live there forever. 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