Japanese nuclear plants and the media’s “layers of editorial oversight”

or “Why the Japanese nuclear meltdowns are not as big an environmental disaster as the mainstream media would have us believe.”

Over at Snowflakes in Hell, commenter Blake Sobiloff links to a Research Scientist friend’s explanation of the situation. It’s long, but worth reading if you care to know the real facts rather than the MSM’s exaggerations. As he notes, “Nuclear meltdown” sells papers. A couple of key points to remember:

There was and will *not* be any significant release of radioactivity.

By “significant” I mean a level of radiation of more than what you would receive on – say – a long distance flight, or drinking a glass of beer that comes from certain areas with high levels of natural background radiation.

I have been reading every news release on the incident since the earthquake. There has not been one single (!) report that was accurate and free of errors. […] By “not free of errors” I mean blatant errors regarding physics and natural law, as well as gross misinterpretation of facts, due to an obvious lack of fundamental and basic understanding of the way nuclear reactors are build and operated. I have read a 3 page report on CNN where every single paragraph contained an error. [emphasis mine]

Note that last sentence. Every. Single. Paragraph. The MSM is talking garbage. Everything he points out in that article is something I learned over 15 years ago when doing a paper for my high school physics class, and the MSM is getting it wrong. While this is admittedly advanced high school level science, it’s still high school level science – there’s no legitimate excuse for professional reporters to get it wrong. Yes, it’s bad, but nowhere near as bad as the media is making it out to be. When you read these stories, remember, “Nuclear meltdown” sells papers.


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