Tongue-Tied

Almost two years after the event, Americans learned of the "March of Death" (see p. 12). The public, often accused of complacency, of indifference to the war, once again had been let in late. At the moment the details came out, the Office of War Information, supposedly dedicated to making the news flow, was off in another violent intramural squabble.

OWI was not to blame for the tardy news release. When it first heard last November of the Japanese atrocities to U.S. prisoners, it tried to break the story, and failed, as usual. The fact that it was late to learn...

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