December 14, 2012

Regarding Elizabeth P. McIntosh’s Dec. 9 Outlook article, “The Pearl Harbor story no one ever read”:

Can the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting go to an article that appears 71 years after the event? I sure hope so, and I hope The Post will promote McIntosh’s piece. But where are more details about why this took so long to see print?

Larry Calvert, Arlington

I read with interest the Dec. 8 Metro article “Memorial visit helps veterans open up about Pearl Harbor” but was disappointed to see that The Post continued to perpetrate the misquotation of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In his declaration of war following the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, he did not say “a day that will live in infamy.” He correctly said “a date which will live in infamy.” Dec. 7, 1941, was a specific date that will never occur again. Sunday is a day that occurs every week of the year.

John B. Bova, Alexandria

The Post’s Metro article about Pearl Harborsomehow managed to describe the infamous attack without once mentioning the name of the nation that planned and perpetrated it 71 years ago.

Japan’s attack killed more than 2,000 U.S. servicemen and led to our entry into World War II. Before reading the Post’s article, I would have guessed that no responsible paper could print a 22-paragraph-long article celebrating the surviving veterans of that event without once mentioning the perpetrator.

Jack Lipson, Washington

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