Too graphic for it's time, a reporter's Pearl Harbor story gets published 71 years later
She didn't believe it was really happening until she saw for herself the fighter planes in the sky and a rooftop flying through the air like a movie prop.
Betty McIntosh was a reporter for a Honolulu newspaper the morning of December 7, 1941 and she wrote an article--aimed at women readers--a few days after the attack, describing what she'd seen and bracing them for what they might expect in their new, war-laden future.
Her editors "spiked" it, as we say in the newsroom. They wouldn't run it, figuring it was too graphic.
It's being published today, the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack, in the pages of the Washington Post. Hear her story and decide for yourself.
And, never forget what this date means.