Fukushima and the overblown media storm

At times like these, with a nuclear power station incident like the one at Fukushima, what people should see in the media is objective reporting, explanation, comparison and context.

Instead we get the kind of headless chicken sensationalism of the type which the British media excels at.

However an antidote to effects of the nuclear panic-mongering can be found nestling in the pages of The Register.  If you have a few minutes to spare take a look at this piece by Lewis Page, then ask yourself why the wonder that is the British media is incapable or unwilling to report the details in a similar fashion.

10 Responses to “Fukushima and the overblown media storm”

  1. 1 PhilJourdan 12/04/2011 at 4:10 pm

    Instead we get the kind of headless chicken sensationalism of the type which the British media excels at.

    The American media is worse. They hold up the headless chicken and then proceed to gut it – forgetting to tell the audience there are no chickens in Fukushima.

  2. 2 Martin Brumby 12/04/2011 at 6:45 pm

    Absolutely right.

    If the nuclear industry in the UK had any sense, they’d take action against the Grauniad & the Beeb (not to mention Greenpiss, the Green Party and the others)for their irresponsible and mendacious propaganda.

    The Bloody Beeb even had a treat yesterday on Woman’s Hour:-

    “Ursula Sladec has just won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. She tells Jenni how her quest to limit Germany’s dependence on nuclear power ended up with her, and her like-minded neighbours, owning the local electricity supply.”

    What an absolute load of diahorrea. Not ONE challenging question. Not even an attempt at balance or ensuring that Sladec’s comments even touched on reality.

    All about the ‘wonders’ of renewables without mentioning that nearly 50% of German electicity comes from coal and lignite! And that their domestic one-month-ahead electricity prices have jumped by 28% since Merkel pulled the nuclear plug after Fukushima!

  3. 3 Fay Tuncay 12/04/2011 at 7:42 pm

    There is just no balance in the news media. I totally agree we either get “headless chicken sensationalism” or censorship. You would think we were living in N. Korea

    I mean look at this big new item, which I thought you might be interested in – the carbon tax protests in Australia. In a normal society wouldn’t this be on national television and the Daily Politics show. No! Because we live under the dictatorship of the green elite and vested interest of the minority.

    This is news:
    Climate modeler Dr David Evans speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di5FyndJbz0&feature=player_embedded#at=89

    This is gaining a lot of attention because Dr David Evans points out that decarbonising by 2050 – all our sacrifices would make the planet a mere 0.0015 degrees cooler!

    The speech text was published here http://www.financialpost.com/news/features/Climate+models+cold/4579652/story.html

    Kind regards

    PS I hope your new job is okay. I am please to see you can still make time for us all.

  4. 4 AJC 12/04/2011 at 10:31 pm

    Agree about the apocalyptic hype particularly the ill-informed and quite probably deliberate “scientific” distortion.

    However it is clear that neither the TEPCO management nor the Japanese Government Information Service are fit for purpose when it comes to crisis and news management under the scrutiny of 24 hour news.

  5. 5 Derek Reynolds 13/04/2011 at 8:28 am

    Excellent comment, and a good piece in the Register. It has been stated elsewhere that radio active Iodine 131 has been found in Scotland (and other places) and largely due to the permitted discharge from hospitals in the area, though it is linked to a piece on Fukushima. Natural background radiation is present all around us, after all, the ore comes from out of the ground, and we are bombarded by particles from the Sun and the Stars. Far worse is being executed against civilian populations in the Middle East with devastating results for health and mutated child births. We hear nothing of that, so little is broadcast that when such is discovered it becomes unbelievable.

    Where are the pictures of the stricken towns and villages coping with the clear up? Where are the humanitarian stories of hardship and relief? Of water supplies and power supplies returned? Nowhere. We are blinded by a Fukushima nuclear disaster. When Britain mined and exported coal in the 1930’s, five miners died every day, and one in five were seriously injured.

    The shame of it is in anyone at all believing what is broadcast by the main media outlets. One reason is perhaps the planned hardships we endure with cost of living increasing and worries about our financial futures to the point that relief only comes from glitzy game shows, ‘celebreties’ and sport. Numb’d and dumb’d by the lullaby of misrepresentation. Kept in the dark, grown and harvested like Mushrooms, until no longer needed.

    The truth is out there, you have to seek hard to find it, and expect strange looks if you speak it. Those who refuse it will not adapt. Only open minds will survive.

  6. 6 Robert 13/04/2011 at 9:20 am

    No one yet dead from radiation, but 26000 killed by water. The radiation is to blame!

  7. 7 AJC 18/04/2011 at 12:22 am

    Reactor pressure data for Fukushima indicates that reactors #2 and #3 have been breached, #1 is holding pressure,(#4 was off before the quake) and reactors #5 and #6 closed down automatically. See …


    G.E. manual for BWR/6 reactor design and operation PDF

    Click to access ge-bwr6.pdf

    In reading the official instruction manual Page 4-4 (57 in the PDF file).

    “Fuel is not stored in the upper containment pool during normal operation.”

    The cooling pools are intended to be used during fueling and defueling operations, but are otherwise supposed to be left empty during normal operations!

    For these GE reactors, note that the control rod assemblies are inserted into the reactor core from underneath, not the top. So any core meltdown and collection of debris at the bottom of the pressure vessel will disable the control rods.

  8. 8 Reality Check 16/06/2011 at 8:43 am

    Digital Static presents “Melting Down,” a short social awareness film focusing on the recent Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and the unprecedented consequences of nuclear energy in the modern age.


  9. 9 glasreinigung 17/11/2011 at 4:40 pm

    I believe you are right completely!!!

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