Selfish News Tactics

27 Mar

On March 11, 2011, North East Japan was shook by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake and then hit by a massive tsunami wave. In the midst of this catastrophe the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant was hit hard, causing it’s reactors to become unstable and release dangerous levels of radiation. Quickly after the tsunami hit the media changed it’s focus from the damage and devastation in Japan, to whether or not the reactors in U.S. nuclear plants are safe.I believe that the news has changed the focus from the damage of the tsunami in Japan to a nuclear crisis to keep the attention of the public by scaring them into staying tuned to their new station. By doing so the news stations are getting more viewers then they would by constantly mentioning the damage done to Japan, which I think is unethical. Although concerns about a nuclear melt down are valid ones, for a natural disaster such as the recent earth quake in Japan to happen in the U.S. is pretty unlikely. Also, according to the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission our nuclear reactors are super protected due to the 9-11 terrorist attacks and they are constantly being upgraded to be even more protective.  In Japan’s time of need, we are worried about an very unlikely nuclear melt down in the States because the media told us so. While a nuclear melt down is very concerning, I don’t think this is an appropriate time to be thinking of ourselves when there is nuclear radiation effecting those in Japan NOW. And by helping those in Japan we could potentially use the same techniques if by some way a nuclear melt down were to happen on our own home front. The death toll in Japan is rising by the day and is said to reach nearly 20,000, people are still missing and in addition iodine ad cesium levels in food products, such as milk, spinach and other vegetables, as far as 45 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station are way above normal, safe, levels. It’s sad how people have quickly let their concerns be derailed to something that isn’t very probable while others are suffering from it now. Think that we need to focus on giving Japan the aid and resources it is in need of now and once it is stable again and close to getting back on it’s feet we can then evaluate the nuclear plants in the United States.



5 Responses to “Selfish News Tactics”

  1. AndyUhl March 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    I absolutely agree with you Lizzy. Right now is not the time to worry about possible disasters in America when a horrific catastrophe JUST happened in Japan. We should be seeing how we can help rather than worrying about ourselves like America usually does.

  2. Jacqueline Mizeur March 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    SO AGREE, were self centered and annoying and I feel bad that our media is awful, we need to be more sincere about Japan and what all the people are going through there.

  3. zoeebowiee April 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    I completely agree. It’s so sad to see all these people going through such a tragedy and all the media can talk about is our own country.

  4. jackiep17 April 11, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    I like your perspective on the whole topic you make a lot of good points.

  5. jfisher06 May 11, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    We shouldn’t be focusing on ourselves, they need help.

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