Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fukushima Power Plant Yellow Journalism

Fukushima Power Plant Yellow Journalism

Shepard Smith says there is an apocalypse situation at the Fukushima Power Plant, but the following report by Tokyo Electric is totally different. Someone is lying.

http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/11031906-e.html

No New Developments since 9:00pm, 19th March

Unit Status
1 • Reactor cold shutdown, stable water level, offsite power is
available.
• No cooling water is leaked to the reactor containment vessel.
• Maintain average water temperature at 100°C in the pressure
restraint.
2 • Reactor cold shutdown, stable water level, offsite power is
available.
• No cooling water is leaked to the reactor containment vessel.
• Maintain average water temperature at 100°C in the pressure
restraint.
3 • Reactor cold shutdown, stable water level, offsite power is
available.
• No cooling water is leaked to the reactor containment vessel.
• Maintain average water temperature at 100°C in the pressure
restraint.
4 • Reactor cold shutdown, stable water level, offsite power is
available.
• No cooling water is leaked to the reactor containment vessel.
• Maintain average water temperature at 100°C in the pressure
restraint.

I believe the problem is yellow journalism by an irresponsible headline grabbing news media that is being fed false and misleading information by anti nuclear environmentalists that are speculating to the point of lying. I believe some of the statements made by anti nuclear environmentalists are intentional lies.

I believe a part of the problem is the news media is mostly anti nuclear so they are looking for anti nuclear lies to use for headline grabbing. The news media was into global warming, which indicates to me they are biased toward environmentalist positions.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_journalism

Yellow journalism or the yellow press is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. By extension "Yellow Journalism" is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.

Campbell (2001) defines Yellow Press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion. The term was extensively used to describe certain major New York City newspapers about 1900 as they battled for circulation.

Frank Luther Mott (1941) defines yellow journalism in terms of five characteristics:[1]

1. scare headlines in huge print, often of minor news
2. lavish use of pictures, or imaginary drawings
3. use of faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudo-science, and a parade of false learning from so-called experts
4. emphasis on full-color Sunday supplements, usually with comic strips (which is now normal in the U.S.)
5. dramatic sympathy with the "underdog" against the system.

Someone is lying and if there is no apocalypse at the Fukushima Power Plant I expect Shepard Smith to resign. I certainly will never consider an words out of Shepard Smiths mouth to ever to be the truth.

Freedom of the press requires the press act responsibly.

1 comment:

Mark said...

I have lived here in Tokyo almost 18 years.

Please take a look at this article I wrote March 25 that explains why people in Japan are wearing masks, why the water is safe in Tokyo, when the power is off in the region, why Cup Noodle wasn't available for about 24 hours, and more.

This article provides corrections to a number of the erroneous reports by the world media.

Op-Ed: Tokyo OK, foreign media’s sensational coverage shameful
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/305051