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Dishonesty in reporting

These are the headlines at The Drudge Report this morning:

But when you click on "BAIL:  LAST WORKERS ABANDON NUKE PLANT" this is the story you get -- Japan Prepares To Restart Work At Nuclear Plant:

FUKUSHIMA, Japan - Japan ordered emergency workers to withdraw from its stricken nuclear complex Wednesday amid a surge in radiation, temporarily suspending efforts to cool the overheating reactors. Hours later, officials said they were preparing to send the team back in.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the workers, who had been dousing the reactors with seawater in a frantic effort to stabilize their temperatures, had no choice but to pull back from the most dangerous areas.

"The workers cannot carry out even minimal work at the plant now," he said Wednesday morning, as smoke billowed above the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. "Because of the radiation risk we are on standby."

Later, an official with Tokyo Electric Power, which operates the plant, said the team had withdrawn about 500 yards (meters) from the complex, but were getting ready to go back in.

... Radiation levels had gone down by later Wednesday, but it was not immediately clear if the workers had been allowed back in, or how far away they had withdrawn. The workers at the forefront of the fight -- a core team of about 180 -- had been regularly rotated in and out of the danger zone to minimize their radiation exposure.

Meanwhile, officials in Ibaraki prefecture, just south of Fukushima, said radiation levels were about 300 times normal levels by late morning. While those levels are unhealthy for prolonged periods, they are far from fatal.

So instead of a scene reminiscent of the end of a James Bond movie, where workers frantically flee as the nuclear reactor hidden in Dr. No's bauxite mine explodes (gosh, who cleaned up the mess after that ???), we simply have a routine safety precaution where workers were withdrawn when the dosimeters start getting a little warm.

I know, I know -- it's the job of the news media to sell hype.  But really Matt, you can do a lot better than this.

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Comments (10)

Drudge lost relevance aroun... (Below threshold)

Drudge lost relevance around the time Lewinsky was mopping up Clinton. I haven't frequented his site ever. He may swing conservative, but he's only about hype and hyperbole, and really is nothing more than an online National Enquirer.

I watched "Nightline" last ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I watched "Nightline" last night, and they actually used the word "fallout" - repeatedly - in describing conditions in Japan, sometimes miles from the reactor.

The show also asked 'could it happen in America', as if the U.S. was also an island built on a chain of old volcanoes.

They'd need serious remedial work to reach the level of morons.

Chicken Little would be pro... (Below threshold)

Chicken Little would be proud!

I once heard an evil commun... (Below threshold)

I once heard an evil communist say: "never let a crisis go to waste". I guess the corollary to that is: "and if there is no crisis, make one up..."

I'm not letting go I'm not ... (Below threshold)
taylor :

I'm not letting go I'm not letting go!!

Hard to blame Drudge - the ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Hard to blame Drudge - the relentless hype has been spewing from the networks, including Fox News, since the first problem at the nuclear plant became known.

Allahpundit at Hot Air has been soiling himself so regularly as to require truckloads of adult diapers to be delivered.

I know you all hate to admi... (Below threshold)

I know you all hate to admit that they can do anything right, but this morning, NPR was reporting the story correctly. Whoda thunk they wouldn't have put a liberal slant on it.

Rance,Really? Gi... (Below threshold)


Really? Given both your and NPRs demonstrated failure to report on anything honestly, I can't just accept your claim that they reported the story correctly.

Sorry, go peddle your BS elsewhere.

It would be nice to get rel... (Below threshold)

It would be nice to get reliable, honest information, esp. when you have a son teaching English in Japan. Too bad it's so hard to find.

As long as you keep in mind... (Below threshold)

As long as you keep in mind that they are: Emotional prostitutes, looking for facts to support their story... then it makes sense.






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