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No Nuclear News

The lamestream media told you:

Japan has three nuclear reactors in trouble due to the earthquake and tsunami. Japan has three nuclear reactors in trouble due to the earthquake and tsunami. Japan has four nuclear reactors in trouble due to the earthquake and tsunami. Japan has four nuclear reactors in trouble due to the earthquake and tsunami. All five nuclear reactors at the Japanese plant are in trouble due to the earthquake and tsunami. All five nuclear reactors at the Japanese plant are in trouble due to the earthquake and tsunami...

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Lamestream reports of the nuclear problem in Japan provided perhaps five minutes of news per hour of broadcast, making an ethical error they frequently make. With nothing new to report, they just kept on reporting. B-roll footage, those scenes rolled behind the talking heads and guest speakers, ran dozens of times per hour and sometimes more, because they had no other footage to show. That's known as not good reporting.

In the face of massive devastation, the majors flew their talking heads right into the scene, kept them fed and well dressed, and provided almost no new news. Despite a dire lack of any fresh information, the networks and cable providers virtually blacked-out any other news, of which planet Earth produces a fresh crop constantly. Geraldo Rivera breathlessly consumed two hours of air time at a time.

Government was once again proven to be the suppressor of news, as guest experts attempted to guess what was going on, and complained that "officials" were not cooperating, a fact that surprised no one.

We were treated to endless images of people in white bunny suits, holding what appeared to be Geiger counter sensors up to people, but never once actually saw the meter, heard the clicking, or got any information on whether radiation was detected or how much. Not one reporter on any channel The Uninvited Ombudsman monitored ventured forward to say, "What readings have you got?" which would have been hard news.

The accuracy of anything that comes out in the future about what actually happened will be met with skepticism, SOP. Industry insiders will get real reports, to prepare for the future, but the information is not expected to be reliably made public. Stock discussions of how a nuclear reactor works, which any grade-school child should have been taught, consumed endless hours as well, but at least had colorful cartoons showing the insides of a make-believe reactor.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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