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Sunday, 27 March 2011

"Many" people are becoming "increasingly concerned"

So says the BBC about the Japanese nuclear issues.  They don't say who these people are , or how this increase might be measured, but as the BBC's own College of Journalism notes:

"... when almost all of the scientists who have worked on nuclear for decades are saying something that conflicts with alarmist statements by world leaders, the media should ensure that the scientists' words are a prominent part of the story. On several days last week, it was almost impossible to find this important caveat in any of the headlines and amongst the acres of reporting on the 'deepening crisis' "

So contrary to the journalists self-image, they don't always know best.  Sometimes the experts should be listened to and maybe instead of getting media studies and Oxbridge generalists to do their reporting and editing, they should get someone who knows what they are talking about to produce their reports.

Oh and this mornings reports bout radiation being millions of times higher than normal.  Turns out it was a false alarm.  I am not that surprised.

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