White House Meddling in the First Film About The Atomic Bomb

Friday, August 13, 2010


Despite Hollywood's appetite for drama, it has almost never depicted one particularly epochal moment in U.S. history: the dropping of the atomic bomb. Nation magazine contributor Greg Mitchell explains how the first film about the bomb, in 1947, set the template. It's cautionary tone was revised and peppered with mistruths by the White House and the Pentagon.

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Just a Thought

Somehow? The Hiroshima bombing was Aug. 6. The Soviets declared war against Japan on Aug. 9 with a massive invasion of Japanese occupied Manchuria. Japan surrendered on August 15.
If the atomic bombings never took place, Japan would not have surrendered and the Russian would have continued on through Korea and took part in the invasion of Northern Japan and Japan would have been divided like Germany. The fault is mine. I "assume" readers have a grasp of basic WWII history. Thanks

Aug. 19 2010 09:29 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Bb_j, he thinks the film helped saved Allied and Japanese lives from the Soviets - if you haven't followed his argument. He thinks the bombings prevented a total take-over of Northern Japan, all of Korea, etc., somehow.

Aug. 19 2010 03:04 PM

Okay, this is from Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt. But it says here that in 1947, the war was already over.

Really? Subliminal moral equivalence? Are you serious? Because two historical stories from the same era are juxtaposed? I've seen similar editorial decisions made a thousand times before.

It sounds crazy to me, but you really ought to build a case before you get all indignant and outraged. You just go off on your assumption, making as ass of you and me... but mostly you.

Aug. 19 2010 12:39 AM
Just a Thought

Very subtle OTM. First you deal with an American propaganda film about the Hiroshima bombing which ended the war quickly and saved millions of Allied and Japanese lives and then you glide gracefully to a story about a Nazi propaganda film about the Warsaw ghetto which promoted the taking of millions of lives. It seems as if the offensive and ignorant moral equivalence was supposed to be subliminal; gee, kind of like the subtle techniques used in propaganda. At what point does this become an example of propaganda itself?
BTW...Has OTM dealt with the "Journolist" scandal yet or is that kind of current propaganda best avoided as you and progressive guests judge an American media from 65 years ago who shockingly wanted to win their war? Thank you.

Aug. 15 2010 09:36 AM

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