Critic Says NYT's "Atomic Bill" should be stripped of his Pulitzer





New York Times science writer William L. Laurence became a staunch advocate of the atomic bomb long before the atomic bomb was ever dropped, says David Goodman. He tells Bob Garfield:"What Laurence wrote was that he felt no, quote, 'pity or compassion for the poor devils' who were about to die." Goodman and his sister, Amy, write in the Baltimore Sun:"[Laurence's] faithful parroting of the government line was crucial in launching a half-century of silence about the deadly lingering effects of the bomb. It is time for the Pulitzer board to strip Hiroshima's apologist and his newspaper of this undeserved prize."

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